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.
- RCN and Carers Trust develop 'Triangle of Care' to improve dementia care
- RCN report calls for more specialist nurses
- commitment to improving care in general hospitals
- RCN development programme: Transforming dementia care for hospitals
- online dementia resource
- best practice examples
Transforming dementia care in hospitals; making a difference
The Transforming dementia care in hospitals; making a difference conference will take place on Tuesday 20 May 2014 at RCN HQ, London.
This conference is aimed at health care professionals interested in and involved in delivering improvements in the care of people with dementia in hospital setting. For more information please see the event flyer (pdf 693KB)
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Carers Trust have published a new guide to improve the care of people with dementia by ensuring support and involvement of their carers.
The Triangle of Care - Carers Included: a guide to best practice for dementia care is made up of six key standards which aim to improve collaboration between carers and health care workers, and are essential to improving care for people with dementia. It is the result of a partnership between the RCN and Carers Trust, and funded by the RCN Foundation and was developed by people with dementia, carers and practitioners.
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.
The report, which forms part of ongoing work at the RCN focusing on dementia care, was developed in response to the Prime Minister’s Challenge on dementia to scope the role of dementia nurse specialists working in the acute care setting and develop recommendations for future developments.
The Dementia Nurse Specialists report; RCN summary and recommendations (PDF 450KB) and the full report Scoping the role of dementia nurse specialists in acute care (PDF 491KB) – highlight the significant contribution dementia nurse specialists could make in hospital settings.
Building on the success of the 2011 RCN led national project about the care of people with dementia in general hospitals: Dignity in dementia; improving care in general hospital settings - see RCN Dementia project, the RCN Foundation is supporting the ongoing project and dissemination of resources across all hospital settings.
New resources have been developed to support practitioners in implementing the Commitment to the care of people with dementia in hospital settings. These include a film 'Supporting good dementia care' and a practical how to guide: Dementia: Commitment to the care of people with dementia in hospital settings (PDF 552.8KB) [see how to access PDF files], which includes tools and resources to support the implementation of the five SPACE principles within the commitment.
A commitment to the care of people with dementia in general hospital settings, and resources to support it, were launched in September 2011. Read more about the commitment and access the resources to join us in putting the commitment into practice. Make SPACE for good dementia care is an easy way of remembering the commitment.
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:
- information to support understanding dementia
- resources for supporting people with dementia and understanding their needs
- resources for supporting carers and understanding their needs
- learning resources such as interactive e-learning and courses/training
- best practice examples illustrating the commitment to improving care in general hospitals
- national strategies,standards and guidelines influencing the provision of care across the UK
- details of agencies and networks
- information specific to different care settings
- information on key research activities
- resources you can use to discover more.
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.
Transforming dementia care in hospitals; making a difference
This conference will take place on Tuesday 20 May at RCN HQ, London. It is aimed at health care professionals interested in and involved in delivering improvements in care of people with dementia in hospital setting. The conference will share findings and recommendations from the RCN’s year long development programme ‘Transforming dementia care in hospital’. This programme funded by the RCN Foundation, has involved supporting key nursing staff from nine hospitals in delivering new initiatives and evaluating outcomes which focus on the experience of people with dementia, carers and staff. For more information, see: Transforming dementia care in hospitals; making a difference. Follow us on twitter #RCNDementia14.
RCN supporting new Carers' Call to Action
The carers call to action, supported by the Dementia Action Alliance, is highlighting the important role of carers as essential partners in care and asking organisations as well as individuals to commit to raising awareness and ensuring appropriate levels of support are available for carers. For further information and instructions on how to sign up and access resources, see: The Carers' Call to Action.
What is the Dementia Gateway?
This short promotional video introduces the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) Dementia Gateway which was relaunched to support the dementia G8 summit on 11 December 2013. It is a comprehensive web resource for everyone supporting people with dementia. View: What is the Dementia Gateway?