The D:Kit Self-Assessment resource has been compiled using a comprehensive and up-to-date collection of resources in order to support acute hospitals in meeting the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA)‘s Right Care Call to Action to Create Dementia-Friendly Hospitals. It reflects the National CQUIN for Dementia and the NHS change model.
The kit is said to assist in the achievement of three important steps:
- Raising a pertinent self-assessment questions, taken from the Royal College of Psychiatrists National Audit Tool. These can be applied at the level of the whole organisation or just to individual wards or services.
- Applying these questions across five Core Domains specified by the RCN’s Make SPACE principles.
- Informing any answers to these audit questions, by cross-referencing them against NICE Standards.
Principles of Organisation
The D:KIT also suggests downloadable sources of evidence which could be used for purposes of comparison to evaluate how dementia-friendly a hospital, ward or service may be (while highlighting any room for improvement). The SPACE principles are used as the overall key for organising the material.
Staff: Staff Need to be Informed, Skilled and Have Enough Time to Care.
Partnership Working with Carers.
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.
Organisation Within the Five SPACE Domains.
Each domain has been tackled on four levels:
- Self assessment questions.
- NICE standards.
- Examples of evidence.
- Resources for further help and guidance.
Read more: D:Kit.
These are the two major sub-sections:
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].