[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 1 Issue 12, July 2011].
The Royal College of Nursing and St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust are jointly holding a one-day event on September 21st 2011 at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, entitled:
Making sense: Working in partnership to improve dementia care in general hospitals.
The conference is motivated by the urgent and widely-recognised need to improve the experience of people with dementia in general hospitals.
Patients with dementia suffer more complications and remain longer in hospital than do patients without dementia. Up to 70% of acute hospital beds may be occupied by elderly patients, approximately 40% of whom have dementia. An estimated 30% of people die with dementia, and many of these die in general hospitals.
This conference day offers the opportunity to learn more about the National Dementia Project, organised by the Royal College of Nursing and the Department of Health. The project aims to influence dementia care as supplied in acute care settings, by making dementia care a higher priority for general hospitals.
National leaders and local champions on innovations in practice will take part. Professor Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia and Professor David Oliver, National Clinical Director for Older People, Department of Health will present:
Improving dementia care in general hospitals: challenges and solutions.
Rachel Thompson, Dementia Project Lead, Royal College of Nursing will present:
Dignity in dementia: sharing innovations and developing partnerships to improve care.
Marie Honey, Consultant Nurse, Department of Medicine for Older People and Jill Cunliffe, Nurse Specialist for Older People, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust will present:
“Forgot me not” campaign launch.
Angela Rippon OBE, Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador will present:
A carer’s perspective: Promoting dignity in dementia.
There will be a number of workshops, including:
- Simple, low cost, easily implemented changes to enhance care in the Accident and Emergency Department.
- Developing the workforce through education and training.
- Improving identification and assessment.
- Adapting the environment to improve care.
- Improving end of life care.
- Hearing the voice of people with dementia and their carers.
To learn more, contact:
Conference and Events Organiser
Royal College of Nursing
20 Cavendish Square
Tel: 020 7647 3580
Click here to view the .pdf flyer and application form.