Dementia care set to improve in Bolton
9:00am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Bolton
CARE for dementia patients will be improved at the Royal Bolton Hospital.
Staff at the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust — who run the hospital — have helped design the programme with the University of Manchester and Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation trust.
The programme called “Getting to Know Me” is designed to increase staff knowledge, confidence and skills and more than 450 workers have now completed the training.
Pat Graham, senior nurse for Older People at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It’s so important for the care of people with dementia that all staff understand them and how best to meet their needs.
“The programme can be delivered in a very flexible way which means it can be accessed easily. Our staff have benefited greatly from the training and therefore so have our patients.”
The number of dementia sufferers in Bolton set to soar from 2,896 to an estimated 37,231 in 2021.
Professor John Keady, from the University of Manchester’s Dementia, Ageing and Research Team (DART), said: “We genuinely hope that the ‘Getting to Know Me’ training programme reaches as many staff as possible working in the NHS. By working and learning together, we can improve care for people with dementia and their families in the general hospital.”
The programme also worked with dementia sufferers and dementia carers to create the training materials.
Simon Burrow, who directs the MSc in Dementia Care at the University of Manchester and worked on the programme, said: “We felt involving people with real-life personal experiences of dementia and hospital care was extremely important. It has had a positive effect on making the training programme and materials relevant to staff and patients.”
There are more than 800,000 people in the UK who suffer from dementia and about 25 per cent of hospital beds are taken by dementia sufferers.
The programme was developed after members of staff said they were not always confident in providing care to dementia sufferers.
It was funded by Greater Manchester Health, Innovation and Education Cluster (GM-HIEC).
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