Dementia champs earn their badges
08 November 2013
As the population ages, the number of patients with dementia coming into hospital is set to rise.
To ensure staff in all areas are well-equipped to meet the needs of this special group of patients, Southend University Hospital has launched a training course to develop dementia champions.
The first contingent have just successfully 'passed out' after
completing their training and received their badges and
certificates. The awards ceremony was a red-letter day for dementia
clinical nurse specialist (CNS) Christine Timms who has long
dreamed of having champions to take a special interest in the
growing number of patients with dementia.
Christine said: "They come in with a wide range of conditions so
could be in any ward in the hospital. That's why we feel it is so
vital that staff from all different areas are aware of the special
difficulties this group of patients may have."
To become a champion, staff must attend a two-hour
dementia core training session as well as a conflict resolution
Their role is to provide education and information for patients
and carers, ensure other staff in their department are aware of the
particulart needs of dementia patients and to liaise with the
hospital's memory service as well as local support services.
Christine added: "The hospital can be unfamiliar, noisy and
bustling for any patient. But for those with dementia, this can all
add to their confusion and feeling of disorientation. We are so
pleased to have recruited and trained these enthusiastic champions
who will be able to make a real difference for this vulnerable
group of patients and their families."
With pic: Southend University Hospital's first dementia