De­men­tia spe­cial­ists re­cruited

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - 24 Hours -

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.

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