Currently over 280,000 people living with dementia reside in care homes in the UK.
For nursing staff working in adult social care, continuing professional development needs are recognised but there are challenges for care home nurses in being able to access learning opportunities.
In 2016/2017 the RCN ran a pilot programme intended to improve the care of people living with dementia in care home (with nursing) settings. This programme, which implemented the dementia SPACE principles (see box, right), provides a supported practice development methodology which benchmarked services, identified gaps in service provision and action planned to bridge the deficit.
Following the highly successful evaluation, the RCN plans to run this programme as part of its professional services offer, commencing in 2019.
SPACE is an acronym that encompasses
Skilled staff who are informed and have enough time to deliver care
Partnership working with friends and family
Assessment and early identification of dementia
Care plans that are person centred and individualised
Environments that are dementia friendly
The 12 month programme will involve attendance at three face-to-face days based at RCN HQ, supplemented with phone-in "surgeries". Each day will be run by an expert facilitator, with experience of the care home sector, and keynote speakers.
Day one - launch and benchmarking
Day two - progress to date and further learning
Day three - project completion and celebration
Potential benefits of the programme
To your organisation
Recruitment and retention
Developing practice/using evidence to improve resident care
To your staff
Professional development opportunity
Sharing best practice
A positive environment
Confidence that their health and social care needs will be met
l have really enjoyed working on this project and found the experience to be motivational, supportive and beneficial for myself, my team, staff and residents.
£4,200 + VAT per care home (minimum 4 care homes)
Please note this practice development programme is not intended for individuals. Care homes who apply for the programme can nominate up to 5 staff to attend.
Find out more
Leadership Development, Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Room 207, London, W1G 0RN