Another successful year for dementia care

IT’S been another successful year for dementia care at the trust – with another 70 dementia champions trained up and champs now in place in every ward area!

Over the last three years, 240 staff have been trained in advanced dementia awareness (tier 2) – including doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, specialist nurses, ward clerks and porters.

Dozens more staff have been trained to tier one level, including trainee nursing associates, new staff at trust inductions, volunteers and even members of the fire service!

The training is run by dementia specialist nurse Stephen Nicholson, community dementia nurse Janette McGuire and occupational therapist Nicola Murphy.

The two-day course, endorsed by Health Education England, includes training around communication, understanding, and supporting patients who are living with dementia.

Stephen said: “It’s been another very successful year for dementia care at the trust – with more champs trained up than ever before.

“We finished the year with such a fantastic group of staff who showed a real passion for dementia care.

“We will take a few months’ break over the winter, and return in the new year to continue to deliver advanced dementia awareness training on alternate months.

“Staff wishing to book a place on the course that have a particular interest in dementia and dementia care should contact me. A huge thank you to our great staff that have completed the course in 2018 – you’re all champions!”

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