Improving the Quality of Care for People With Dementia in General Hospitals (University of Worcester / RCN / Department of Health)

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 6, January 2012].


Another neglected gem from the University of Worcester, RCN and Department of Health. Although this report was published officially in Summer 2010, and explicitly mentions the New Cross Hospital Dementia Project at Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Trust (RWHT), it had remained “under the radar” and gone unnoticed by ourselves until yesterday.

This competent and thorough report covers all of the main themes which have been repeated elsewhere more recently, including sections on:

  • Going into hospital.
  • Whole hospital approach.
  • Environment and orientation.
  • Caring for individuals and the people close to them.
  • Communication.
  • Delirium.
  • Preventing challenging behaviours.
  • Pain and people with a dementia.
  • Food and drink.
  • Preserving functioning, re-enablement and rehabilitation.
  • Leadership, education and training.

Case studies mentioned in this report include:

  1. An example of a whole hospital approach (Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust).
  2. Specialist hospital mental health team for older people (Leeds Mental Health Team).
  3. Improving emergency department care (St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London).
  4. An example of leadership, education and training (South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust).
  5. A new model of care (Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust).

Full Text Link


Heath, H. Sturdy, D. [and] Wilcock, G. (2010). Improving quality of care for people with dementia in general hospitals. London: RCN Publishing, 2010.

Bibliographic Detective Work

On what grounds could “Improving quality of care for people with dementia in general hospitals” be described as a neglected gem? Consider this. The publication date of this report was Summer 2010 (which is confirmed). This is a good summary of the topic, by authors of significant merit.

Did this document feature in:

Department of Health (2011). Commissioning pack resources: care in hospital. London: Department of Health, July 2011. (An online component supporting the Dementia Commissioning Pack, Dementia Gateway Reference 16035). Full Text Link ?


Did this document feature in:

Knapp, M. Romeo, R. [and] Iemmi, V. [et al] (2011). Dementia care costs and outcomes – Literature for APPG on dementia inquiry 2011. London: All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia, June 2011. Full Text Link ?


Did this document feature in:

Suarez, P. and Farrington-Douglas, J. (2010). Acute awareness: improving hospital care for people with dementia. London: The NHS Confederation, 2010. Full Text Link ?


Did this document feature in:

Royal College of Psychiatrists (2011). Report of the National Audit of Dementia Care in General Hospitals 2011. Full Report. London: Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Centre for Quality Improvement, December 16th 2011. Full Text Link ?


It would seem that this publication may have been under-publicised as a contribution to the knowledge-base at the time. Any alternative explanations would be of interest.

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Dementia and Elderly Care News. Wolverhampton Medical Institute: WMI. (jh)
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