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Slide 1Dementia Action Alliance Quarterly meeting; May 2014
Rachel Thompson
The Royal College of Nursing
The largest professional union for nursing in the UK, representing around 415,000 nurses, health care support workers and nursing students, both in the NHS and the private sector
The RCN represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies
The Nursing and Midwifery Council set the standards for nurse education and regulates the profession
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Continuity, co-ordination & collaboration
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Commitment to the care of people with dementia in hospital settings
SPACE – principles to support good dementia care
Staff who are skilled and have time to care.
Partnership working with carers.
Care plans which are person centred and individualised.
Environments that are dementia-friendly.
Identified as important factors in ensuring good quality care for people with dementia in hospital
Developed from thematic analysis of themes identified within survey of practitioners (n= 712) and survey of carers & people with dementia (n=1484)
Stakeholder engagement and support – Royal Colleges, Voluntary sector etc. See for analysis and reports
Resources developed to raise awareness and DVD/ How to guide support implementation – available on line
Carers and their essential role are identified
Staff are ‘carer aware’ and trained
Information sharing and confidentiality protocols
Defined carer post(s)
Name: DOB: Hospital/NHS no.: Caring Together
This form is for you, the relative/friend of a patient on our ward. We recognise that we need to work together with the people who know our patients best, to provide the best possible care for them. We also know that hospital admission can be a very stressful and difficult time for those who are carers. Filling in this form will help us understand how best to partner with you to provide the best care possible. Feel free to give as much information as you are able. It will be kept at the end of your relative/friend’s bed.
Who is the person who knows your relative/friend the best? Is this you?
How are you usually involved in caring for your relative/friend? Are there any legal issues we should know about? (e.g. enduring power of attorney)
How would you like to be involved in you relative/friend’s care whilst they are in hospital? (e.g. assisting with meals, helping them to wash and dress, night times)
Would you be happy for hospital staff to call you to provide support if necessary? (e.g. if your relative/friend became distressed, they asked for you) During the day: During the night:
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Name: DOB: Hospital/NHS no.:
What is the best way to consult you about decisions regarding your relative/friend’s care?
We have memory boxes above patient beds, so that bed areas look familiar to our patients, and to prompt conversation. Would you be able to bring in some personal items (e.g. photographs or mementos) for your relative/friend’s memory box? Would you be happy to bring in some day clothes for your relative/friend (labelled with their name)?
Would you be interested in accessing carers support whilst your relative/friend is in hospital? (e.g. Alzheimer’s Society support)
Is there anything else you would like us to know?
This form has been completed by: Relationship to patient:
Please do complete the ‘About Me’ form, which provides us with more information about your relative/friend. For free, confidential advice on the support available to you as a carer, including information about Carer’s Assessment, contact Carers Direct on 0808 802 0202 or online at
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Developing and delivering seamless services across different settings
Dementia Specialists
Dementia Skilled
Dementia Awareness
Usual Care with Support
e.g. practice nurse, PHN
e.g. mental health, liaison,
e.g. dementia specialist nurses, Admiral Nurses
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Role and contribution of dementia nurse specialists in acute care?
Key messages
Dementia nurse specialists (DNS) have key role but needs clearly defining:
sufficient knowledge and skills
capacity to support direct patient care, provide consultancy and liaise with community services
knowledge and position to provide education and leadership
1 DNS to every 300 admissions per annum
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Educational pathways and competencies for dementia care nursing - all levels
Supporting nursing in the community and care homes
Calling for increase in specialist nurse roles –building evidence and supporting leaders
Developing Community of Practice
Transforming dementia care conference-
Sharing evaluation and outcomes-