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University Hospitals Southampton

University Hospitals Southampton is an acute hospital with multiple specialities. There are currently two Admiral Nurses supporting patients, carers and staff who are affected by dementia, whether newly diagnosed or advanced. We also provide education to the Trust staff at tier one and two.

7 September 2017
South East
Care, Emergency Services Sector, Faith Groups, Health, Medical, Research Sector
Local Alliances:
Dementia Friendly Southampton (Southampton DAA)

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?

University Hospitals Southampton has a Dementia Strategy that the Trsut is working to fulfil.  A new Acute Dementia Ward has also been opened this year (2017) to provide person-centred care to those with the most complex need. 

The Trust was the first Acute Trust to have an Admiral Nurse and now employs two full-time nurses who are supported with their professional development by Dementia UK.   We are involved in John's Campaign to support carers and also have a weekly Carers' Cafe with a fortnightly weekend Cafe to faciliate further support. 

All patients over 80 have a memory screen on admission allowing for early detection of concerns. The Admiral Nurses attend the Dementia Action Research and Education Group at Southampton University.  Opportunities for patient and carer involvement are highlighted and supported. They also work with and support projects within the hospital to develop and improve knowledge and facilities within the Trust.

Through education and role modelling, staff are having their skills in devivering person-centred care developed.

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

Within the acute hospital environment it is estimated that 1/4 of patients will have a dementia.  Within a large Trust, the number of people therefore affected is high and it is impossible to reach each one of them to offer support.

The turn-over of staff presents difficulties maintaining staff working with the skill set we consistently strive to achieve.  Education is therefore ongoing and time consuming.

The hospital environment is consistently busy, with background noise and activity which continues throughout the day and night.  The Estates Team are implementing the Dementia Strategy when updating areas but it will take considerable time to faciliate a fully Dementia Friendly Site.

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