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Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust

21 April 2018
South West
Medical, Health, Care, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts
Local Alliances:
Bath & North East Somerset

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? 

The RUH NHS Trust is totally commiteed to playing its part as major stakeholder in the treatment and care of patients wuth dementia and their carers, as part of the whole health, social and business community. This commitment is reflected within a recent multi-agency initiative, leb by our local |Clinical Commissioning Group entitled " The Dementia Challenge" this major piece of quality improvement work spans a range of services, financial investment and innovation in order to further improve the quality of care delivered for patients with dementia. Furthermore, the Dementia challenge outcomes endorse the DAA aims in the areas of reducing unnecessary time in hospital; involving carers: better discharge planning and 50% fewer readmissions.The above builds upon a solid foundation in identification of patients with dementia and carers being one of the RUH NHS Trust Quality Accounts Priorities for 2011/12.

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

 The main Challenge the RUH NHS Trust faces is the capacity and capability to fully implement the dementia pathway. Local analysis by clinical and managerial teams highlight the difficulty in the eraly identification and diagonosis of dementia. Our efforts will be focused upon this, as once achieved will facilitate better assessment, referal and treatment options.

Within the accute setting one of our main priorities is to reduce the number of times that patients are moved between wards and clinical areas. This is because we recognize how this can exacerbate symptons and levels of distress for both the patient and carer. We recognise that any one time 25% of our patients are likely to have some form of dementia and therefore the high volume of this patient group poses a significant challenge when complex needs require highly skilled staff.

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2. Actions

  • Implementation of the Dementia Challenge

    The Dementia Challenge is a project group spanning primary, secondary and social voluntary sectors 

  • Participate in the NHS South second round of dementia peer

    Participate in the NHS South second round of dementia peer review visits due to take place before the end of the next financial year.

  • Draft vision and action plan in place

    We have a new draft vision and action plan


    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    new vision and action plan implemented

  • to improve the physical environment

    Seize every opportunity to improve the physical environment through our estates strategy and strategic pillar.