Transforming dementia care in acute hospitals
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Transforming dementia care in acute hospitals

Rachel Thompson Professional and practice development lead, Admiral Nursing,, Dementia UK, London, England

This article provides an overview of current developments to support improvements in dementia care in acute general hospital settings. It considers the urgent need for improvement along with the effectiveness of current approaches in achieving change and delivering person-centred care. The process and outcomes of a development programme carried out by the Royal College of Nursing and evaluated by the University of Worcester are described. This programme supported clinical nurse leaders in developing dementia care in nine acute general hospitals by use of an action learning approach. Recommendations are made for a more systematic approach to developing practice that considers the context and culture of acute hospital care for people with dementia. The need for investment in clinical leaders and dementia specialists who can assist improvements and support change is emphasised.

Nursing Standard. 30, 3,43-48. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.3.43.e9794

Correspondence

Rachel.Thompson@dementiauk.org

Peer review

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Received: 24 November 2014

Accepted: 08 December 2014