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Excellent Care in a Dementia Friendly Acute Hospital

New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton

Delivering Excellence in Dementia Care in the Acute Hospital was a project dedicated to improving acute hospital admissions for older patients with dementia. The Association for Dementia Studies worked in partnership with the Royal Wolverhampton Hospital at the intervention and evaluation level. Click the video above for more information.

Intervention

Professor Dawn Brooker has a long-standing research interest in the quality of care for people with dementia in acute hospitals and is currently on the steering group for a number of national research programmes in this area. She worked with Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals as an expert advisor to help them to implement person-centred care interventions in the shape of a care bundle. The aim was to ensure that patients with dementia receive care which demonstrates best clinical practice, is cost effective and provides individuals with respect, dignity and compassion. This was achieved through the development, implementation and evaluation of a set of evidence-based interventions for use by all staff.

Evaluation

NHS West Midlands funded the Institute of Health and Society to evaluate the development of Excellent Care for People with Dementia in Acute Hospital Care Environments. An evaluation of the impact of these interventions was led by Professor Dominic Upton.

The evaluation aimed to capture the quality of dementia care delivered in the hospital and the cost-benefit of the new service. The NHS organisational culture, the environment of the patient with dementia and the impact of specialist dementia training for acute care ward staff were evaluated. The impact on the key stakeholders such as patients with dementia, their carers, staff supporting the patients and linked services like liaison psychiatry were the focus of this multi-level evaluation. The evaluation work was supported by a team from the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals and the input of an expert steering group.

The final reports from the evaluation are now available via the links at the top of this page.