The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has produced a report outlining five principles (SPACE principles) underpinning the commitment to improve care for people with dementia and their families. This report is intended for use across a wide range of health and social care settings (not just hospitals). The main section headings comprise:
- Symptoms of dementia.
- The person living with dementia.
- The role of family carers.
- SPACE principles:
- SPACE Principle 1: Staff who are skilled and have time to care.
- SPACE Principle 2: Partnership working with carers.
- SPACE Principle 3: Assessment, early identification of dementia and post-diagnostic support.
- SPACE Principle 4: Care and support plans which are person-centred and individual.
- SPACE Principle 5: Environments that are dementia friendly.
Commitment to care of people living with dementia: SPACE principles. London: Royal College of Nursing (RCN), November 2019.
There is related ealier research, conducted with the University of Worcester, in the Transforming Dementia Care in Hospitals Evaluation Report, although now, sadly, only the summary version is available:
Brooker, D. Milosevic, S. [and] Evans, S. [et al] May 2014. RCN Development Programme: Transforming Dementia Care in Hospitals. Evaluation Report. [Summary version]. Worcester: Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester [and] Royal College of Nursing (RCN), May 2014.