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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 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, see: Transforming dementia care in hospitals; making a difference. Follow us on twitter #RCNDementia14.

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 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.

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.

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.

Commitment to improving care in general hospitals  

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.

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.


9th UK Dementia Congress - call for presentations

The 9th UK Dementia Congress and 5th National Dementia Care Awards is inviting abstracts of proposed presentations and posters on any aspect of support, care and treatment for people with dementia and their families in any setting. All proposals must be submitted online via a structured abstract form. For more information, see: UK Dementia Congress. The deadline for submissions is 23 April 2014, and the awards are being held in Brighton, UK on 10-12 November 2014.

Scotland's Dementia Awards 2014

Scotland's Dementia Awards celebrate creative approaches, innovation and best practice in all aspects of information, advice, care and support for people with dementia, their carers, partners and families. The deadline for entries is 13 June 2014. For further information about the awards, including official entry form and booking form to attend the awards ceremony (25 September 2014, Glasgow), see: Scotland's Dementia Awards.

Changing the culture of dementia care - Birmingham, 15 May 2014

This free information event may be of particular interest to managers, commissioners and leaders of services looking to redesign services, upskill staff and change the culture of care within their organisation. Frontline staff can find out about the courses available to support their continuing professional development needs. For more information, see Changing the Culture of Dementia Care.