Dementia Guide: Care of People with Dementia in Hospital Settings (RCN)

[A version of this item features in Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust), Volume 3 Issue 4, November 2012].


This guide from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has been produced to help nursing staff care for people with dementia in hospital. As a synopsis of the entire field this overview of the main themes is an absolute masterpiece of clarity and concision.  It supports implementation of the RCN’s five principles for improving the quality of care for people with dementia; “Make SPACE for good dementia care”. These principles are used as the overall key for organising topics and resources.

  1. Staff who are skilled and have time to care.
  2. Partnership working with carers.
  3. Assessment and early identification of dementia.
  4. Care plans which are person centred and individualised.
  5. Environments that are dementia friendly.

This “how to” guide also emphasises the importance of support for carers. There are sections on the use of mental capacity assessments, advance care planning, nutritional tools, pain assessments and safety tools.

The guide links to a range of resources, many of which are available from, or mapped by, the dementia pages on the RCN’s website:

There is also an RCN video, similarly entitled “Dementia: Commitment to the care of people with dementia in hospital settings”. Additionally, the RCN provides a “gallery” of those dementia-friendly hospitals throughout the UK which exemplify best practice in the care for people with dementia.

Full Text Link


Thompson, R. Mills, N. [and] Heath, H. (2012). Dementia guide: commitment to the care of people with dementia in hospital settings. London: Royal College of Nursing, October 2012.

A related article:

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Sprinks, J. (2012). Nurses at the forefront of drive to make wards dementia-friendly. Nursing Standard. October 17th-23rd 2012. Vol.27(7), pp.12-3.

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