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April 2012 - BASW England Consultation Response to NICE Pilot Social Care Quality Standard: Care of People with Dementia

There are particular issues around people with mental health problems who are older where diagnosis and patients are batted around, particularly within and between psychiatry and older people’s medicine. It is requested that consideration is given to an emphasis on the social model, rather than medical model. In practical terms this may mean that a person is deemed to have dementia if they have behaviours which have social consequences for them and their carers.