In 2011 the RCN was awarded funding by the Department of Health (DH) to facilitate a national project to improve the care of people with dementia in general hospital settings. In collaboration with other royal colleges, charities and professional organisations, and underpinned by a survey of practitioners, carers and people living with dementia, the RCN launched a set of principles resulting in a commitment to the care of people with dementia in general hospitals.
Extending the project into a second and third year when additional funding was awarded by the DH and new partners, Age UK and the RCN Foundation, the RCN widened the scope to include multiple work streams. We developed:
- a film supporting good dementia care
- a practical how to guide - Dementia: commitment to the care of people with dementia in hospital settings
- a UK-wide series of educational workshops reaching over 400 practitioners
- a dementia development programme through which the RCN is supporting nine NHS trusts to drive forward and measure improvements in patient and care-related outcomes for dementia.
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.