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Enabling hospital staff to care for people with dementia

Bray, Jennifer, Evans, Simon, Bruce, Mary, Carter, Christine, Brooker, Dawn, Milosevic, Sarah ORCID:, Thompson, Rachel and Woods, Catherine 2015. Enabling hospital staff to care for people with dementia. Nursing Older People 27 (10) , pp. 29-32. 10.7748/nop.27.10.29.s21

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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.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Centre for Trials Research (CNTRR)
Publisher: RCN Publishing (RCNi)
ISSN: 1472-0795
Date of Acceptance: 25 June 2015
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 10:12

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