Using the Newcastle Model to understand people whose behaviour challenges in dementia care
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Using the Newcastle Model to understand people whose behaviour challenges in dementia care

Louisa Jackman Associate lecturer, Newcastle University, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Aileen Beatty Clinical lead, behaviour support team, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

National guidance for working with people whose behaviour challenges in dementia care suggests that a psychosocial approach should be the first-line intervention. However, there is little guidance for nurses about how to assess and manage behaviour that challenges in people with dementia. Nurses across specialties who work with older people might be asked to contribute to an assessment or provide advice to care home staff or families.

This article presents one psychosocial model – the Newcastle Model – that provides a framework and process in which to understand behaviour that challenges in terms of needs which are unmet, and suggests a structure in which to develop effective interventions that keep people with dementia central to their care.

Correspondence louisa.jackman@ncl.ac.uk

Nursing Older People. 27, 2,32-39. doi: 10.7748/nop.27.2.32.e666

Received: 10 December 2014

Accepted: 15 January 2015

Published in print: 02 March 2015

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict Of Interest

None declared