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Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust

CHUFT is an acute healthcare Trust which covers North East Essex and its population of 325,000. The Trust has 759 acute adult beds. The Trust provides emergency healthcare to inpatients admitted through the emergency pathway and elective healthcare through both inpatient and outpatient pathways. Our 3 corporate objectives are, Acting in the best interests of our patients, Valuing our workforce and achieving financial sustainability and organisational resilience. Our mission is to be "Caring with Pride" which will help us to achieve our goal of becoming a dementia friendly acute hospital.

19 December 2018
East of England
Health, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Medical
Local Alliances:
Pan Essex Dementia Action Alliance , Colchester Dementia Action Alliance , Tendring 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?

Our Trust is striving to deliver better healthcare outcomes for people with dementia and their carers. This includes: Raising awareness of dementia; Ongoing improvements to the environment to ensure it is dementia friendly; Facilitating the use of our hospital health passport 'Some information about me' for anyone with a cognitive impairment; Improving experiences for patients and their carers; Patient and carer information leaflets; Dementia training for all staff; Developing the role of dementia champions and link nurses; Continue close working relationships with key organisations including NEP, Alzheimer's Society, St Helena Hospice and ACE; Development of a dementia strategy; Continuation of FAIRI assessments; Securing reminiscence therapy equipment for use across the hospital.

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

Improvements to the ward environments are difficult in the current financial climate. However, the dementia team are involved in all refurbishment projects in order to meet our goal of becoming a dementia friendly hospital. Embedding new practices and changing culture around dementia care requires an on-going investment of time and resources. CHUFT recognises the importance of this investment.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friendly Hospital

    Involvement of dementia team in all ward refurbishments and all building projects.

    Being implemented
  • Educate all staff

    Ensure all CHUFT staff undertake dementia training.

    Being implemented
  • Delivering individualised care to patients with dementia.

    Improve completion and the use of 'some information about me' on all wards for all patients with a cognitive impairment.

    Being implemented