The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

RWT is a large acute and community provider providing services from New Cross, West Park and Cannock Chase Hospitals and more than 20 community sites. A comprehensive suite of interventions including specialist ward, outreach team, care bundle and education & training programme ensures excellence in dementia care throughout the organisation.

18 July 2018
West Midlands
Local Alliances:
Wolverhampton 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?

The Trust has a Dementia Strategy 2015 – 2020 informed by both national and local drivers with the overarching aim of being a dementia friendly organisation. Key milestones developed under its six strategic objectives are reviewed and refreshed on a regular basis to ensure its on-going relevance to our population. 

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

  • Economic constraints / financial constraints in the NHS;
  • Ageing population resulting in increased demand on services;
  • Competing demands / resource capacity;
  • Trust-wide engagement / associated stigma.

Continue to strive to raise awareness and profile at every possible opportunity and in a variety of forums. Engage with others, including those affected by dementia and their carers, to form strong and robust partnerships to push the agenda forward. Regular strategy review ensuring aims are evidence based and ambitious but realistic and achievable. 

2. Actions

  • Work in Partnership to make Wolverhampton a Dementia Friendly City

    • Actively engage with the Wolverhampton Dementia Action Alliance and its members;
    • Cross engagement and promotion of the Wolverhampton DAA and our Trust Dementia Public Reference Group;
    • Actively engage in awareness raising events across the City.

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  • Continue to develop a ‘dementia friendly’ workforce

    • Continue to deliver level 1 and level 2 dementia training in line with Health Education England requirements;
    • Level 1 dementia training to become mandatory for all Trust staff;
    • Continue to increase our number of Trust ‘Dementia Friends’ from the current total of almost 2000;
    • Continue to recruit and support our Dementia Action Network (DAN) members (champions), currently totaling around 200, from all disciplines throughout the Trust;
    • Continue to develop and update staff dementia intranet site;

    Continue to produce and publish quarterly Dementia Services Newsletter.


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  • Improve dementia recognition and diagnosis rates

    Develop a Cognition Clinic with the aims of;

    • Providing comprehensive assessment and review of cognitive function for patients with suspected dementia / underlying cognitive impairment, the extent to which is inconclusive due to possible resolving delirium following a post discharge period of recovery, resulting in either formal diagnosis or referral to appropriate services;
    • Providing on-going input and support to patients with a formal diagnosis of dementia (complex cases) and / or their carer post discharge with the aim of avoiding repeated hospital admissions. 

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  • Maximise patient opportunity for engagement in meaningful therapeutic activity

    • Develop a dedicated reminiscence room to provide a bespoke therapeutic environment for patients living with dementia and their carers during a hospital stay;
    • Actively recruit volunteers with skills to provide therapeutic interventions;
    • Develop a therapeutic activity programme including reminiscence, arts, sensory stimulation, music, pets as therapy, chaplaincy, exercise etc. 
    • Work in partnership with Trust library to set up a system of activity equipment loans across the Trust to increase availability for all patients. 

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