NNUH Dementia Support Team
Providing personalised care and support to patients living with dementia is at the heart of the work of the Dementia Support Team at the NNUH.
Around 10 per cent of patients in hospital are living with dementia and the team aims to enhance the wellbeing of those who need extra support.
The team, which includes a clinical nurse specialist and dementia support workers, help patients across the hospital who would benefit from one to one meaningful activities or some extra person-centred care.
They also provide support to the carers of patients.
Following referrals from ward staff, the team get to know each patient individually to understand their needs and to tailor activities and provide cognitive stimulation.
This is me
The ‘This is me’ booklets are filled out by patients and carers to give medical staff a clearer picture about a patient’s background, current and past interests, and routines that are important to them.
The Dementia Support Team use this information to carry out meaningful activities that are specific to the interests of the individual.
From playing a patient’s favourite music, taking part in arts and crafts, or watching a television programme about a subject that really interests them – the Dementia Support Team has a range of activities to help enhance wellbeing. These activities could also be used to support patients through a medical procedure and ease stress.
The team deliver Dementia Friends sessions to all new nursing assistants joining the Trust and sessions for other staff groups to raise awareness and understanding of dementia to help improve the care they deliver.
There are more than 140 members of staff across the Trust who are Dementia Links and have a special interest in caring for patients who are living with dementia.
They meet with the Dementia Support Team on a quarterly basis to get updates and education sessions on a wide variety of subjects related to dementia care and to share best practice.