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Bedford Hospital NHS Trust

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust is committed to providing a caring and safe environment for its patients and staff The hospital is situated in the county town of Bedford and serves a catchment population of more than 270,000 people, predominantly from north and mid Bedfordshire. It is a district general hospital providing 24-hour accident and emergency services, acute medicine, maternity, paediatrics and a range of surgical specialties. The hospital provides inpatient vascular surgery for the whole of Bedfordshire and Luton, and the cardiac catheterisation laboratory also sees Luton and Milton Keynes patients on a regular basis.

Updated:
16 March 2017
Location:
East of England
Sectors:
Hospitals and Hospital Trusts

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?

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust is committed to improving the care for patients who are living with dementia.  This commitment was made public in March 2014 when the Trust responded to the Ministerial “Call to Action” and pledged via the National Dementia Alliance that it would become a Dementia Friendly Hospital.

The Trust exhibited a successful bid to the Kings Fund with our local authority partners  was awarded £845,000 funding to create a dementia friendly-environment of care on Elizabeth and Harpur Ward.  Both Harpur Ward and Elizabeth Ward have since achieved the Elder Friendly Quality Mark, Royal College of Psychiatry in 2016.

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust has participated in the National Dementia Audit.

Bedford Hospital have a Dementia Strategy 2016-19 with actions proposed to continue to develop services.  This is monitored and further actions are identifed by the hospital Dementia Steering (Focus) group which comprises members of hospital staff, local authority, voluntary sector, the local mental health trust and carers for those caring for people with Dementia in our local area.

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

Patient activity and volume.

Competing priorities both internally and externally.

Concentration on the acute aspects in hospital can lead to decreased opportunities for frail older people to receive beneficial rehabilitation and comprehensive assessment.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Champions appointed to each ward area

    68 Patients champions identified throughout the hospital.  Patient champions are focused on improving dementia care, improving delivery of care aligned with Privacy and Dignity best practice and safeguarding those in our care. Patient champions meet every two months for additional training and to identify best practice.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    New member

  • Refocus Dementia Strategy Steering group in the hospital

    Refocus Dementia Strategy Steering group in the hospital. This will be responsible for delivering objectives related to acute hospital care, including timely Psychiatric assessment and discharge planning Membership includes SEPT , CCG, LA, Patient Council  and Voluntary organisations.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    New member

  • Introduction of the Frail Elderly Pathway

    Implementation of the Frail Elderly Pathway including Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment  to ensure appropriate timely treatment delivered to this vulnerable group. Two wards on the same floor designated for the care of the frail elderly with experienced dedicated staff. Providing a suitable environment for patients with dementia, this will enhance their recovery.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    New member