St. Gemma's Hospice

St Gemma’s Hospice is a charitable organisation that provides care to local people with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. It offers specialist services delivered by a multidisciplinary team to support patients and their families, both in the Hospice and in the community.

13 April 2017
Local Alliances:
Leeds 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?

To offer the appropriate support to patients, families and staff living with, or supporting somebody living with dementia.

To work collaboratively with community nursing teams and care homes to improve end of life care for people with dementia

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

Time and resources to roll out initiatives. This will be overcome by developing a strategy with a business plan for the next 3 years.

Member website

2. Actions

  • Developing an enhanced healing environment

    Kings Fund HEE assessment tool completed

    Rolling programme to review signage, colour scheme (contrasting/plain), and noise reduction.

    Being implemented
  • Improving symptom assessment and management for patients with dementia

    Developing and using evidence based guidelines and assessment tools

  • Staff training in dementia care

    A member of the Academic Unit team is a Dementia Friends Champion and delivers the Dementia Friends awareness sessions to Hospice staff.

    Plans to deliver a programme of dementia care training to Hospice staff and volunteers who have direct contact with patients and families with dementia.