Dementia - best practice examples
The RCN recently launched a 'Commitment to the care of people with dementia in general hospitals' which was based on innovative practice shared by practitioners across the UK. Examples of this work can be seen in our best practice gallery to support others in implementing the principles outlined in the Commitment.
Please note that whilst each of the best practice examples has been aligned to particular principles in the Commitment, they all demonstrate work that illustrates other aspects of the Commitment in addition.
Further information and resources can be found at Commitment to the care of people with dementia in hospital settings.
1. Staff need to be informed, skilled and have enough time to care
- Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- The Butterfly Scheme
- Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
- Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
2. Family carers and friends are seen as partners in care, unless indicated otherwise by the person living with dementia
3. A dementia assessment will be offered to all those at risk, to support early identification and appropriate care
- South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
- Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
- Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
4. Care plans will be person-centred, responsive to individual needs and support nutrition, dignity, comfort, continence, rehabilitation, activity and palliative care
- Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospital NHS Trust
- Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust
5. Environments will be dementia friendly and support independence and well-being
- Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust
- Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
- Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust