Investing in dedicated dementia nurse specialists is an integral part of achieving improvements in dementia care an independent report has claimed.
Dedicated nurses are shown to help clinical leads achieve positive outcomes for patients and improve engagement with family carers, the year-long programme showed.
The independent evaluation carried by the Association for Dementia Care, showed that commitment and leadership from trust boards was vital to achieving these improvements.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) published the results. RCN chief executive and general secretary Dr Peter Carter said: “High quality care for people with dementia will require dedicated time and resources, as well as strong leadership from trust boards.”
Funded by the independent charity, the RCN Foundation, the programme included examples of strategies for tackling dementia care ranging from trust-wide education programmes to improving individualised care and supporting family carers.
“With more than 900,000 people with dementia attending NHS hospitals every year, this is not an issue which can be ignored,” Dr Carter said.