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RCN launches new commitment to dementia care

The Royal College of Nursing has launched a new commitment to the care of people with dementia in general hospitals.

Along with key stakeholders, including the Department of Health, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia UK, the RCN has set out a framework for improving the care of people with dementia in hospitals. The framework highlights key factors that are essential to delivering good quality care.

As part of the commitment, the RCN has established the top five factors in supporting good dementia care. They are:

  1. Staff who are skilled and have time to care.
  2. Partnership working with carers.
  3. Assessment and early identification of dementia.
  4. Care plans that are person centred and individualised.
  5. Environments that are dementia friendly.

The commitment has been produced following a survey of carers and people living with dementia, and another of practitioners in which respondents expressed clear views on how care in general hospitals can be improved. Enhancing awareness and understanding among all staff, both of the needs of people with dementia and their families and carers, was a clear priority. A greater involvement of families in care was also considered extremely important in improving communication and recognising needs.

RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary Dr Peter Carter said: "General hospital environments can be particularly confusing for people living with dementia and these principles represent a shared commitment from a range of stakeholders to improving care, providing guidance and best practice."

Further information

The commitment

 was launched at an RCN event in Liverpool on 21 September and will be supported by a

range of resources

that can be used by nursing staff to improve dementia care. To find out more about the RCN’s dementia project and access the tools to transform care, go to