[A version of this item features in Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust), Volume 3 Issue 4, November 2012].
The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, in partnership with the Dementia Action Alliance, is launching a “Call to Action” to promote the improvement of care for people with dementia in acute hospitals. The goal of “The Right Care: creating dementia friendly hospitals” is that by March 2013 every NHS hospital in England will commit to becoming a dementia friendly hospital.
There will be a series of initiatives, ranging from improving the design of wards to establishing dementia champions. The focus is to be on improving five key areas:
- The environment of care.
- The knowledge, skills and attitudes of the workforce.
- The ability to identify and assess cognitive impairment.
- The ability to support people with dementia, and facilitate planned hospital discharge.
- The use of person centered care plans, with the involvement of families and carers.