Transforming dementia care in care homes
An RCN practice development programme
Currently over 280,000 people living with dementia reside in care homes in the UK.
The programme is based on SPACE principles (see box, right), and sets out a supported practice development methodology which benchmarks services, identifies gaps in service provision and action plans 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
- Staff who are skilled and have time to care
- Partnership working with carers
- Assessment, early identification of dementia and post diagnostic support
- Care and support plans which are person-centred and individual
- Environments that are dementia friendly
- Day one - an opportunity to benchmark your service against best practice. Undertake some
diagnostic testing before forming an action plan for your team to improve care.
- Day two - an opportunity to hear dementia experts giving advice and feedback on your action plan
progress, assisting you with delivery.
- Day three - an opportunity to celebrate your success, sharing your work with colleagues, families
and residents and to plan for the future.
Potential Benefits of the programme
To your organisation
- Evidence-based methodology to improve care which aligns with the aspirations of excellence set out by health care regulators.
- Positive reputation.
- Developing practice/using evidence to improve resident care.
To your staff
- Professional development opportunity.
- Sharing best practice.
- Improved patient care.
- A positive environment.
- Confidence that their health and social care needs will be responded to.
- Engagement of residents and their families.
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.
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.