This report explores the potential benefits of dementia nursing specialists in supporting people with dementia during admission to hospital and beyond. It explores the business case for developing a dementia specialist nurse role in the UK, with proposals for such nurses to work directly with people with dementia and their carers. The benefits proposed include a reduction in the excess length of stay (LOS) experienced by people with dementia. A reduction in hospital stay by just one day on average might achieve net savings of nearly £11,000,000 nationally.
Griffiths, P. Bridges, J. [and] Sheldon, H. [et al (2013). Scoping the role of the dementia nurse specialist in acute care. Southampton: Southampton University Centre for Innovation and Leadership in Health Sciences, .
There is also an RCN Executive Summary.