Dementia care quality report is shocking
The first ever National Audit of Dementia found a “shocking” lack of care delivery.It found that care was often delivered in an impersonal manner, staff ignored patients’ requests for help and staff were not trained sufficiently in the care of dementia patients despite figures showing one in four hospital beds is occupied by people with the condition.
Data from 210 hospitals in England and Wales was used in the report along with ward level data from a sample of 145 wards, over 2,000 staff questionnaires and observations of care on the wards.
Professor Peter Crome, the co-author of the report and Chairman of the National Audit of Dementia Steering Group, said that the report had “found problems across practically every aspect of care for patients admitted to hospitals with dementia.”
He added: “There were deficiencies in the assessment of people and there were deficiencies in the interaction betweem staff and patients.”
Hannah Clack from the Alzheimer’s Society called the report “shocking” and stressed the need for “a huge and radical shake-up of the way the NHS deals with people with dementia.”
She added: “People are going into hospital and they’re coming out worse in terms of their dementia and in terms of their physical health.”
The report recommended that all staff should have basic training in dementia, and that all hospitals should have Dementia Champions on every ward.
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