Dementia Champions

Every ward and department across the hospital has a member of staff who is an allocated dementia champion. Dementia champions are staff members that have a special interest in dementia and improving the care and experience of dementia patients in the area where they work. The dementia champions have / are encouraged to attend the Tier 2 training and attend the dementia champion meetings / teaching on a regular basis. The dementia champions working on the wards / departments are a good source of advice and support.

The role of the Dementia Champion

•To the patient
To promote the wellbeing of dementia patients staying at the Royal Surrey County Hospital
To provide current, evidence based advice and support to the dementia patients on the ward
To ensure that the care of dementia patients across the acute trust is standardised, evidence based and in line with best practice guidelines

•To the carer, family and friends
To provide advice and support to carers, family members and friends of the dementia patient
To ensure that patients and carers can access a variety of resources / information around dementia and are signposted accordingly to appropriate community services and support groups
To assist  in reviewing the patient and carer experience during their stay at the RSCH

•To our colleagues
To raise awareness, share information and empower other members of the MDT regarding dementia and caring for dementia patients
To challenge poor practice appropriately
To provide ongoing advice and support to our colleagues
Encourage staff to utilise the forget me not symbol and the This is me / My care passport
To ensure that all new documentation, policies / procedures are disseminated and embedded in the ward in a timely manner
To promote multidisciplinary team working for patients with dementia

•For me
To develop my responsibility as a dementia champion
Continue to develop my knowledge and skills in the area of dementia and act as a role model to my peers offering advice and support as required
To maintain and update the dementia board on a bi-monthly basis

Four staff of different disciplines have undertaken an accredited dementia leaders course. We also have a multidisciplinary dementia champion group that is well attended on a monthly basis.

Please be assured that a variety of dementia training is now available for all staff.

Dementia Champion group meetings for 2019

Date Start
Time
Finish Time Room Title
20/02/2019   13:30 15:00 A3 Dementia Champions Group
17/04/2019   13:30 15:00 A3 Dementia Champions Group
21/05/2019   08:00 16:45 Lecture Theatre Dementia Awareness Conference
19/06/2019   13:30 15:00 A3 Dementia Champions Group
21/08/2019   13:30 15:00 A3 Dementia Champions Group
23/10/2019   13:30 15:00 A3 Dementia Champions Group
11/12/2019   13:30 15:00 A3 Dementia Champions Group

Dementia training for staff

Provision of Dementia training

A variety of dementia training is available to all staff working within the hospital. All dates, times and venues of the training can be found on the G Drive and on the SPACE platform.

Training across the trust has been key to reduce stigma and empower staff working within the clinical areas to provide good quality evidence-based dementia care.  The dementia training provided across the trust has also been recognised by the Alzheimer’s society as meeting the requirements for the dementia friends training and thus all staff if they so wish they can become a dementia friend.

Type of training Length of training
Tier 1 dementia training – foundation level One hour Held monthly on clinical induction
 

Dementia virtual Tour

 

1.5 hours Three – six sessions per month
Tier 2 Dementia Training 2 days (includes the dementia virtual tour) Four times a year

Dementia Virtual Tour Training

The Dementia Virtual Tour is an experiential training which takes away people’s primary senses, to let them experience the fear and frustration that people living with dementia go through on a daily basis.

The Dementia virtual tour training commenced across the RSCH in December 2017. The training has become exceptionally popular and currently over 300 patient facing staff have undertaken the Dementia Virtual tour between December 2017 and December 2018.

Feedback from staff who have attended the Dementia Virtual Tour Training

“To actually feel what it might be like to have dementia is very powerful” Assistant Team manager

“The learning I have gained was extremely valuable. The training has revealed many of the issues dementia imposes on patients” Trust Governor

“It was magnificent. I had so many feelings after the training and I be-came more compassionate with the dementia patients we have. I keep on going back to the experience and I realized how these patient needs more than the support I was giving. It was more than an eye opener for me. Thank you once again for the great training” Sister Ewhurst Ward

“Informative, an eye opening experience. Essential for clinical practice” Inpatient OT

Training dates and times 2019

For further information about training or if you would like to book on a course please contact Fay Wright (Dementia Specialist Nurse) by email faywright@nhs.net

Dementia Tier 2 training

Date Start Time Finish Time Room Title
25/03/2019
(Day 1)
09:15 16:45 A2 & A4 Tier 2 Dementia  Training –inc Dementia Virtual Tour
26/03/2019
(Day 2)
09:15 16:45 A3 Tier  2  Dementia training
24/06/2019
(Day 1)
09:15 16:45 A2 & A4 Tier 2 Dementia  Training –inc Dementia Virtual Tour
01/07/2019
(Day 2)
09:15 16:45 A4 Tier  2  Dementia training
23/09/2019
(Day 1)
09:15 16:45 A2 & B1 Tier 2 Dementia  Training –inc Dementia Virtual Tour
30/09/2019
(Day 2)
09:15 16:45 A4 Tier  2  Dementia training
18/11/2019
(Day 1)
09:15 16:45 A4 & A2 Tier 2 Dementia  Training –inc Dementia Virtual Tour
19/11/2019
(Day 2)
09:15 16:45 B1 Tier  2  Dementia training

Dementia virtual tour training 2019

Date Start Time Finish Time Room Venues
15/01/2019   09:00 12:00 A2 & A3 RSCH – Education centre
25/01/2019   13:30 16:30 A2 & A3 RSCH – Education centre
30/01/2019   09:00 12:00 A6 & A7 Milford
05/02/2019   09:00 12:00 A6 & A7 RSCH – Education centre
13/02/2019   13:30 16:30 A7 & A6 Haslemere Hospital
27/02/2019   09:00 12:00 A7 & A6 RSCH – Education centre
13/03/19   1330 1600 Milford Milford Hospital
15/03/2019   09:00 12:00 A7 & A2 RSCH – Education centre
21/03/2019   13:30 16:30 A7 & A2 RSCH – Education centre
16/04/2019   13:30 16:30 A7 & A2 RSCH – Education centre
26/04/2019   13:30 16:30 A7 & A2 RSCH – Education centre
30/04/19   0900 1200 Haslemere Hospital
09/05/2019   13:30 16:30 A7 & A2 RSCH– Education centre
20/05/2019   09:00 12:00 A7 & A2 RSCH  – Education centre
11/06/2019   13:30 16:30 A7 & A2 RSCH  – Education centre
19/06/2019   0900 1200 Milford Hospital
27/06/2019   13:30 16:30 A7 & A2 RSCH – Education centre
08/07/2019   13:30 16:30 A7 & A2 RSCH – Education centre
18/07/2019   13:30 16:30 A7 & A2 RSCH – Education centre
26/07/2019   09:00 12:00 A7 & A2 RSCH – Education centre
11/09/2019 09:00 12:00 A7 & A2 RSCH – Education centre
17/09/2019 13:30 16:30 A7 & A2 RSCH – Education centre
25/09/2019   0900 1200 Haslemere Hospital
02/10/2019   09:00 12:00 A7 & A2 RSCH – Education centre
14/10/2019   13:30 16:30 A7 & A2 RSCH – Education centre
15/10/2019   1330 1600 Milford Hospital
05/11/2019   0900 1200 Haslemere Hospital
20/11/2019   09:00 12:00 A7 & A2 RSCH – Education centre
25/11/2019   13:30 16:30 A7 & A2 RSCH – Education centre
06/12/2019   09:00 12:00 A2 & A7 RSCH – Education centre
18/12/2019   09:00 12:00 A2 & A7 RSCH – Education centre

 

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