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Welcome to the dementia pages on the RCN website.

You will find a range of information about ongoing work at the RCN on dementia care with supporting information plus lots of other useful resources.

We hope you find it useful.

Transforming dementia care in hospitals; making a difference  

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has published the results of a year-long programme supporting clinical nurse leads across nine NHS trusts to develop and improve dementia care in hospitals.  Independent evaluation of the programme carried out by the Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester, showed that commitment and leadership from Trust boards as well as investing in dedicated dementia nurse specialists, was integral to achieving improvements in dementia care.  The programme was found to help clinical leads achieve some very positive outcomes for patients and improve engagement with family carers over a relatively short period of time.  Further information and copies of the report are available.  See:  RCN development programme: Transforming dementia care for hospitals 

RCN and Carers Trust develop ‘Triangle of Care’ to improve dementia care

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Carers Trust have published a new guide to improve the care of people with dementia by ensuring a partnership approach which includes support and involvement of family and their carers. See: The Triangle of Care - Carers Included: a guide to best practice for dementia care 

RCN report calls for more specialist nurses  

A new report published on 21 March 2013 by the RCN and the University of Southampton calls for greater support, funding and training for specialist dementia nurses, adding that they could save the health service almost £11,000,000 a year.  See:  Dementia specialist nurses

Commitment to improving care in general hospitals

In September 2011 the RCN launched a Commitment to the care of people with dementia in general hospital settings.  This was followed by a range of resources to support implementation of the five SPACE principles contained within the Commitment.  Read more about the commitment and access the resources.

Online Dementia resource

This RCN Dementia resource, developed as part of the project, aims to provide you with a range of information about dementia in general and links to other resources that will help promote better understanding of the needs of people with dementia, their families and carers. It points to some of the most recent information sources available on dementia which are relevant to all care settings, and includes:

We hope that these resources will provide some useful information and guidance for nurses, health care assistants and anyone involved in supporting people with dementia and their families.


Dementia Awareness Week 2015

Dementia Awareness Week 2015 takes place 18 - 24 May 2015, and in Scotland 1 - 7 June 2015. For more information about the week and other related activities, see: Dementia Awareness Week 2015. (13 May 2015)

Department of Health Dementia Challenge

The Department of Health has launched a new prototype version of a dementia website and is seeking feedback from people who use it. The old Dementia Challenge site has now been archived, which means people can still access its content, but it won’t be updated. See: Dementia Challenge. (30 March 2015)

The Prime Minister's challenge on dementia 2020 

This document launches the next phase of the Prime Minister's challenge on dementia. It sets out what the government wants to see in place by 2020 in order for England to be: the best country in the world for dementia care and support and for people with dementia, their carers and families to live; and the best place in the world to undertake research into dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases. It also highlights the progress to date on improving dementia care, support and research. See: Prime Minister's challenge on dementia 2020. (25 February 2015)

The Carers' Call to Action Booklet & 20 Point Checklist

The DAA have produced The Carers' Call to Action Booklet, a PDF version of their booklet written by carers for carers of people living with dementia about the shared vision of Dementia Action Alliance The Carers' Call to Action.  Also available is a 20 point checklist to identify where the gaps and the strengths are in your local area, see:  Carers' Call to Action Booklet (PDF 572KB) and 20 point checklist (Word 428KB)

Dementia Friends campaign

A dementia campaign has been launched as research reveals the true cost to business of dementia. The initiative forms part of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia, and builds on commitments declared at the 2013 G8 Dementia Summit, which included a call to improve the quality of life for people living with the disease. See: Dementia Friends campaign.