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Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust manages Warrington Hospital, Halton General Hospital and the Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre in the North West of England. Our vision is High Quality, Safe Healthcare and our staff work together to provide high quality, safe health care services across the towns of Warrington, Runcorn (where Halton General Hospital is based), Widnes and the surrounding areas. We are responsible for a budget of around £205 million each year, manage over 4,100 staff and provide access to care for over 500,000 patients

Updated:
11 May 2017
Location:
North West
Local Alliances:
Warrington Dementia Action Alliance, Halton Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust works with our partners and with patients and carers to support the delivery of high quality care for patients with dementia who use our services.  This work is coordinated at Trust level by the Forget-Me-Not Steering Group which reports directly to the Trust Board. 

The Trust Dementia Strategy sets out the framework by which we will achieve this. 

Champions are in place with specific roles and responsibilities for improving the care of patients with dementia There will be accessible information about the dementia which is available to carers, patients and staff. A dementia training strategy and framework will be developed to provide awareness and training for all staff within the Trust.  Following individual patient assessment, the care plan will reflects the needs of the patient relating to:Privacy and dignityNutrition and hydrationPain assessment and controlCommunicationContinenceCarer / family involvement All patients over the age of 75 who are admitted to Warrington and Halton Hospitals will be screened by our nursing staff as part of a holistic assessment with further assessment by the specialist nurse team where required and referral to appropriate other services. Patients movement between wards will be minimised because of the effect this has on the wellbeing of the patient. Our discharge planning will be holistic and carers and families will be involved in decisions affecting patients with dementia from the time of admission to the hospital. An agreed system will be in place across the Hospital so that staff are aware of the person’s dementia (visual identifier or marker in notes). This will result in easy identification of patients with dementia on the ward so that appropriate responses can be provided to their needsAll staff will be aware of the campaign to raise awareness of patients with Dementia, and those with other reasons that affect their cognition.

A bank of Dementia Friends will be developed, along with a programme of events, The Forget Me Not Events, will provide focussed activities within ward areas.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

To find innovative ways of resourcing  improvements and initiatives identified in the current economic climate

2. Actions