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Enabling Hospital Staff to Care for People with Dementia

Bray, Jennifer and Evans, Simon and Bruce, Mary and Carter, Christine and Brooker, Dawn and Milosevic, Sarah and Thompson, R. and Woods, C. (2015) Enabling Hospital Staff to Care for People with Dementia. Nursing Older People, 27 (10). pp. 29-32. ISSN 1472-0795 Online: 2047-8941

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Abstract

This is the fourth and final article in a short series that presents case study examples of the positive work achieved by trusts who participated in the Royal College of Nursing’s development programme to improve dementia care in acute hospitals. Dementia training in hospitals is often inadequate and staff do not always have sufficient knowledge of dementia to provide appropriate care. It can also be difficult for them to identify when patients with dementia are in pain, especially when their communication skills deteriorate. The case studies presented illustrate how two NHS trusts have worked to ensure that their staff are fully equipped to care for people with dementia in hospital. Basildon and Thurrock University hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Essex made dementia training a priority by including dementia awareness in staff induction across a range of roles and providing additional training activities tailored to meet staff needs. Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust focused on pain assessment, aiming to standardise its approach for patients with dementia. The pain assessment in advanced dementia tool was chosen and piloted, and is being implemented across the trust after a positive response.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: acute hospitals, dementia, development programme, pain assessment tools, staff training
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Depositing User: Karol Kosinski
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2017 13:12
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2017 13:12
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5136

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