Published: Friday, June 15th, 2012

National hospital demonstrates best practice in dementia care

 

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Ahead of Dementia Awareness Week Scotland (18 – 24 June), healthcare support workers at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital are paving the way in providing the best care for those who suffer from dementia.

 

Seven healthcare support workers were presented with certificates today (Friday 15 June) after becoming the hospital’s first group to complete the Best Practice in Dementia Care course provided by the University of Stirling.

 

The group, made up of nursing and rehabilitation healthcare support workers, completed the programme over a period of six months.

 

The accredited course is made up of six modules and includes facilitated classes, self-study and practical application within the healthcare support worker’s own hospital department. An externally assessed reflective exercise completes the course.

 

As part of the course, the group spoke with representatives from a dementia charity, as well as staff from our Clinical Nutrition, Infection Control and Discharge Planning departments. This gave them insight into how dementia awareness and support can apply to various areas within the hospital setting.

 

Presenting the certificates, Nurse Director Shona Chaib congratulated the group on their achievement: “As more and more people are diagnosed with dementia, it becomes ever more important to gain an understanding of how we can best respond to the needs of patients who suffer from the disease, and their families.

 

“Our staff should all feel very proud of their achievement. The knowledge and skills they have gained will translate directly into a better care experience for our patients with dementia, as well as their relatives and carers.”

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