Enabling hospital staff to care for people with dementia
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Enabling hospital staff to care for people with dementia

Jennifer Bray Research assistant, University of Worcester
Simon Evans Principal research fellow and head of research, University of Worcester
Mary Bruce Senior lecturer, University of Worcester
Christine Carter Senior lecturer, University of Worcester
Dawn Brooker Director of the Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester
Sarah Milosevic Former research assistant, University of Worcester
Rachel Thompson Professional and practice development lead for Admiral Nursing, Dementia UK
Catherine Woods Nurse specialist in pain management, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

In the final article of this series, Jennifer Bray and colleagues present two case studies that show how awareness training and standardised pain assessment have improved understanding

This is the fourth and final article in a short series that presents case study examples of the positive work achieved by trusts who participated in the Royal College of Nursing’s development programme to improve dementia care in acute hospitals.

Dementia training in hospitals is often inadequate and staff do not always have sufficient knowledge of dementia to provide appropriate care. It can also be difficult for them to identify when patients with dementia are in pain, especially when their communication skills deteriorate. The case studies presented illustrate how two NHS trusts have worked to ensure that their staff are fully equipped to care for people with dementia in hospital.

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Essex made dementia training a priority by including dementia awareness in staff induction across a range of roles and providing additional training activities tailored to meet staff needs. Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust focused on pain assessment, aiming to standardise its approach for patients with dementia. The pain assessment in advanced dementia tool was chosen and piloted, and is being implemented across the trust after a positive response.

Nursing Older People. 27, 10, 29-32. doi: 10.7748/nop.27.10.29.s21



Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind peer review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 09 March 2015

Accepted: 25 June 2015

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