Dementia education and training

East MidlandsGeneric Health Relevance
Published Date: 1 Oct 2015

Education and training for all acute hospitals staff should have greater emphasis on caring for patients with dementia or cognitive impairment

Who needs to know?
Providers of education and in-service training.

What have we found?

• In a study of acute hospital settings, all staff
groups expressed feeling ill-prepared to care for
the complex needs of patients with dementia or
cognitive impairment.
• Training at all levels, for all staff, should have
greater emphasis on caring for patients with
dementia or cognitive impairment. Guidelines
have made these recommendations, but current
findings indicate they have not been fully
implemented.
• A change in culture across acute hospital wards
is required in order to provide the best care for
patients with cognitive impairment.