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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 SPACE principles & Dementia: Commitment to the care of people with dementia in general hospitals

Five principles structure the RCN’s dementia care commitment. These five principles are known as the SPACE principles.

The principles are designed to ensure the appropriate delivery of dementia care. You can learn more about the principles and get best practice examples and links to recommended resources in the RCN resource Dementia: Commitment to the care of people with dementia in hospital settings

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.

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.

The Triangle of Care – carers included: A guide to best practice for dementia care in Scotland

Health Education England (HEE): Dementia awareness

HEE has developed a number of resources to raise awareness of dementia and improve education and training. These include an online course e-Dementia: Introduction to Dementia, the Dementia Core Skills Education and Training Framework and the Dementia Roadmap to help those working in primary care diagnose, support and signpost people with dementia. 

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. It has two resources: a searchable database with information on over 1433 research studies on interventions for people living with dementia and their carers and summaries of the research findings for some of the main care and treatment interventions.

Making 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. It builds on the 'Making a Difference in Dementia, Nursing Vision and Strategy', published in March 2013, which set out the Department of Health's vision of how nurses could maximise their unique contribution to high quality compassionate care and support for people with dementia and their carers/families. See: Making a difference in dementia, nursing vision and strategy: refreshed edition

Living well with dementia

The RCN is piloting a nurse-led programme, funded by the RCN Foundation, to help improve the standard of living for people with dementia in independent care homes across the UK. Read more about the programme on pages 10 and 11 of July's RCN Bulletin.