Warwickshire hospital nominated for dementia care award

Members of the Trust's Dementia Care Team
Members of the Trust's Dementia Care Team

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust is in the running for an international award for its care of people with dementia.

The Trust’s Dementia Care Team has been shortlisted in the Service Innovation Team of the Year category at the International Dementia Awards 2015.

UHCW, the Trust that runs St Cross, has got a track record of introducing innovative approaches to improve the quality of care for dementia patients.

Clinical nurse specialists have implemented the Forget-Me-Not Care Bundle to enhance the hospital experience for patients with dementia - a blue pillow case is used on the person’s bed so that staff can provide them with the correct care, and a ‘Getting to Know Me’ form is completed by patients and their carers. This extra information helps to improve the person’s stay whilst in hospital. Knowing the person’s preferred name and extra information about their life supports staff to go the extra mile and ensure the person’s needs are met in a dignified, caring and respectful way.

The team also delivers dementia awareness sessions for all staff to improve not only their knowledge about the condition but also their ability to identify people who may have dementia early on during their time in hospital.

A Dementia Carers’ Support Group is also facilitated by the nurse specialists, where queries are answered and advice about services available after discharge is offered.

Tracey Chapman, Clinical Nurse Specialist, said: “At UHCW we’re really passionate about delivering excellent person-centred, compassionate care to our older patients, especially those who have dementia, so it is a real honour to be shortlisted for this award.”

Mark Radford, Chief Nursing Officer at UHCW NHS Trust, said: “I am thrilled that the world-class care offered to patients with dementia in our hospitals has been recognised in the International Dementia Awards 2015.

“This reaffirms the Trust’s vision to be a national and international leader in healthcare and is a tribute to the hard work and enthusiasm of our staff, who make a real difference to the lives of patients in Coventry and Warwickshire.”

The award nomination comes less than a year after the Trust was named Best Dementia-Friendly Hospital at last year’s Dementia Care Awards in November 2014.

The Trust’s dementia care was recognised as an area of outstanding practice in the Trust’s Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection report in August 2015.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Birmingham on November 3, 2015.