More recently a new partnership was formed between the RCN and Carers Trust resulting in a triangle of care for dementia to ensure that carers are appropriately included in the care of people with dementia, particularly in hospital settings.
The guidance sets out standards that should be applied, offers best practice examples and includes a self-assessment framework for services to be used in benchmarking current provision and identifying areas of improvement. The guidance was officially launched at an event in Parliament.
Throughout the project the RCN has worked with a number of third party organisations around survey analysis and evaluation, including the University of Worcester, who evaluated the RCN’s year-long development programme. The independent evaluation showed that commitment and leadership from trust boards and investing in dedicated dementia nurse specialists were 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. The programme culminated in a celebratory event where participants shared their local strategies ranging from trust-wide education programmes, improving individualised care and supporting family carers.
Supported by Nutricia and Dementia Services Development Centre, the conference attracted over 100 delegates, all with an interest in transforming dementia care in hospitals and making a difference for people with dementia and their families.