Dementia specialists recruited
THIRTY nurses at Peterborough City Hospital have been specially trained to help enhance care for dementia patients and carers.
Donna Mizell, lead nurse for medicine of the elderly, said: “Our dementia champions are experienced and skilled nurses who have been working in various departments around the hospital for some time.
“We wanted to provide additional training to raise awareness and supply further education about dementia.
“This is not only in line with national guidance from the Department of Health, but it will improve the quality of care for people suffering with dementia in a number of ways, such as decreasing their hospital stay.
“Our champions are looking forward to their role in supporting hospital staff in terms of raising awareness of dementia and helping staff to manage behaviours in a busy environment.”
Funding was provided by the Strategic Health Authority, and the Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust worked with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust to carry out the training.
The champions will be identified by the Forget Me Not blue flower badge on their uniform.
They will be stationed across several wards and supported by 27 other nurses who have basic awareness dementia training.