Friday, July 12, 2013

Dementia care in hospitals is still poor, according to second National Audit of Dementia

People with dementia are still experiencing poor quality care in hospitals, according to the second National Audit of Dementia published today.

Although some improvements have been made since the first audit was published in 2011, there is a gap between written policies and actual practice and several areas have shown little progress.

Just over three quarters (76 per cent) of hospitals now have dementia champions in place at ward level, but two fifths (41 per cent) of hospitals are still not offering dementia awareness training to new staff.

Similarly two fifths of hospitals (41 per cent) have offered no awareness training to support staff, and a tenth did not provide this training to nurses in the twelve months.

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