Hospital Best Practice Examples: 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].


The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) guide “Commitment to the care of people with dementia in general hospitals” highlights innovative practice in NHS hospitals. The RCN’s accompanying online “best practice gallery” gives concrete examples of hospitals which have implemented the principles outlined in the “Make SPACE for good dementia care” commitment.

Note: The SPACE principles are used as the overall key for organising the example hospitals listed below. The RCN arrangement is used for convenience, although (obviously) the hospitals listed here do demonstrate work complying with the other aspects of the Commitment too. The “New Cross Hospital Dementia Care Bundle”, for example, strives to transcend narrow categorisation by adopting a holistic approach to dementia care in acute settings.

Staff Need to be Informed, Skilled and Have Enough Time to Care

Family Carers and Friends are Partners in Care

Dementia Assessments, to Support Early Identification and Appropriate Care

Care Plans will be Person-Centred, Individualised and Support Nutrition, Dignity, Comfort, Continence, Rehabilitation, Activity and Palliative Care

Environments will be Dementia-Friendly and Support Independence and Well-Being

Full Text Link


RCN Website. (2012). Dementia – best practice examples: commitment to the care of people with dementia in hospital settings. London: Royal College of Nursing, October 2012.

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