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Dementia: Professional resources

 Resources for nursing staff created as part of the RCN's commitment to improving care for people with dementia

The Triangle of Care

The Triangle of Care for Dementia was developed in partnership with the Royal College of Nursing and in consultation with carers, people with dementia and professionals. It is based on the original Triangle of Care and is aimed at acute care hospitals. Available as a guide on the Carers UK website, it is made up of six standards, which you can use to ensure that carers are included and involved in the care of any of your patients with dementia, particularly in hospital settings. It is also relevant to all services that provide care for people with dementia. See: The Triangle of Care. Carers Included: A Guide to Best Practice for Dementia

To reflect the Scottish context, the Triangle of Care has been adapted to suit the Scottish legislation, initiatives and policies around dementia. This Scottish version has been a collaborative effort between Carers Trust Scotland, Royal College of Nursing Scotland, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, University of Stirling Dementia Services Research and Dementia Carers Voices. See: The Triangle of Care – carers included: A guide to best practice for dementia care in Scotland

The Carers Trust Wales is supporting the implementation of the Triangle of Care standards for carers accessing services in local health boards across Wales. Funded through the RCN Foundation, the recent development of a Triangle of Care for dementia Wales edition has been a collaborative effort between the Royal College of Nursing and Carers Trust Wales. It has been developed from the original Triangle of Care for dementia, which was co-designed with carers, people with dementia and practitioners, with the support of Uniting Carers and Dementia UK. See: The Triangle of Care, Carers Included: A Guide to Best Practice in Dementia Care.

Professional resources

Creating dementia friendly GP surgeries – iSPACE. iSPACE - making GP surgeries dementia friendly

Dementia Evidence Toolkit. The Dementia Evidence Toolkit is for commissioners, care providers, people working in health and social care and people with dementia and their families. 

Health Education England (HEE): Dementia awareness resources include: an online course e-Dementia: Introduction to Dementia and the Dementia Core Skills Education and Training Framework

Join Dementia ResearchJoin Dementia Research. This service allows people to register their interest in participating in dementia research and be matched to suitable studies. 

Department of Health and Social CareMaking a difference in dementia, nursing vision and strategy: refreshed edition. This refreshed strategy reinforces the fundamental role nurses play in providing care and support to people, so they can live well with dementia. 

NHS England (2018) My future wishes: Advance Care Planning (ACP) for people with dementia in all care settings. This document will help you to develop an Advance Care Plan for people living with dementia.

Support Plus Leaflet: Dementia. Support Plus, from NHS Wales Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, is a website with easy to read information, including onea leaflet on Dementia.