Dementia education and training

East MidlandsMental Health
Published Date: 1 Jan 2013

Dementia Education and Training

Who this applies to

  • Providers of education and in-service training.

Findings and implications

  • 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, from undergraduate to in-service mandatory training, 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.