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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 living 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 living 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 living with dementia and their families.


RCN Older People's forum and British Geriatrics Society joint conference - save the date

The RCN Older People's forum and BGS joint conference will take place on the 14 April, 2016 in Birmingham. Please save the date, further details to follow soon.   

Health and Social Care Information Centre. Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment

These are the results from the 2015 Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) programme. These self-assessments are undertaken by teams of NHS and private/independent health care providers, and include at least 50 per cent members of the public (known as patient assessors). They focus on the environment in which care is provided, as well as supporting non-clinical services such as cleanliness, food, hydration, and the extent to which the provision of care with privacy and dignity is supported. In 2015, for the first time the assessments considered aspects of the environment in relation to the provision of care to those with dementia. See: Health and Social Care Information Centre. Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment - PLACE England 2015 (18 September 2015) 

Northern Ireland Audit of dementia care in acute hospitals 2015

This report holds the results of the first Northern Ireland Audit of dementia care in acute hospitals (NIAD), which was undertaken to gain a baseline picture of care in the 12 acute hospitals in Northern Ireland. The project will provide information that will enable further implementation of the principles of the regional dementia strategy relating to hospital care, and has made recommendations for improvement across a number of critical domains relating to dementia care. See: Northern Ireland Audit of dementia care in acute hospitals 2015. (6 August 2015)

Alzheimer's Society. Dementia 2015 

Aiming higher to transform lives is Alzheimer's Society's fourth annual report looking at quality of life for people with dementia in England. It contains the results of their annual survey of people with dementia and their carers, and an assessment of what is currently in place and needs to be done to improve dementia care and support in England over the next five years. See: Dementia 2015: Aiming higher to transform lives (5 August 2015)

Dementia Friends newsletter

Read the latest Dementia Friends newsletter. (30 June 2015)

Women and dementia: a global research overview 

This new report from Alzheimer's Disease International addresses the main issues affecting women in relation to dementia from an international perspective. It also focuses on cross-cutting issues, including factors affecting women in low and middle income countries; family structures and kinship; and the effects of migration. See: Women and dementia: a global research overview. (10 June 2015)