At least £10m is being invested in the local NHS to support the health and wellbeing of the estimated 195,000 people living with dementia across the South of England.
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will work with local authorities, Health and Wellbeing Boards, the NHS, the voluntary, community and independent sectors, universities, industry ad people living with dementia to identify and implement practical solutions to the problems faced by people living with dementia.
The fund provides an opportunity for local communities across the south to respond to the Prime Minister's Dementia Challenge, which he launched on 26th March 2012.
Local people with dementia and their carers will help choose the best proposals, with successful applicants receiving funding before the end of October 2012.
Liz Redfern CBE, Director of Nursing for NHS South of England, said: "For people to get the best support, health and social care have to work together to ensure that people with dementia and their carers have the support needed to maintain independence for as long as possible and get the very best out of life."
Steve Brine added: "This is exciting news indeed, and most welcome following David Cameron's announcement earlier this year. I have done a lot of work around dementia, and I am sure that this investment will be vital in tackling this dreadful disease, especially as by 2025 there will be 33% more people with dementia across the South."
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