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Brunswick ward is an NHS in-patient ward in Brighton and Hove for those that have a dementia diagnosis and are in crisis and in need of hospital assessment or treatment. The team is a multi-disciplinary team. The ward is situated on a brand new, specific dementia designed environment - based at Mill View Hospital. The ward has strong links and working relationships with our NHS community teams as well as our local voluntary sector.

25 January 2018
South East
Local Alliances:
Brighton and Hove 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?

On Brunswick ward, we are determined to play our part in making sure that people living with dementia receive care that is safe, effective, caring and responsive. We are committed to listening to all those that use our service with the sole purpose to improve their experience and to continue to work towards having an outstanding service for all those that need it.

The team priortises carer involvement and support. The matron faciliates a open door policy for carers and runs a weekly Triangle fo Care meeting, which provides the opportunity for carers and patients to feedback areas of good practice and areas for improvement.

The ward has recently moved to a new, specifically designed environment for those living with dementia. The intention being to ensure that that enviroment meets the needs of those that use the ward.

The team are leading on a quality improvement project that includes a pilot project of outreach work from the ward before admissions. This allows the patient and relative to meet the ward manager or matron before admission and provides opportunity to explain purpose of the ward/admission and anser any specific questions. The Falls risk assessment is also completed at this meeting.

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

Challenges for the next  few months will include the team becoming used to the new ward enviroment to use the intergrated technology - such as falls reduction and sensory equipment to enhance patient experience and care.  It is still very important to work closely with local and national dementia organisations such as the DAA to better understand people’s experiences of care.

The ward team is keen to ensure that all staff working on the ward and the main hospital reception receive demenita awareness training - this is a priority for the next 6 months.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friend awareness training

    To esnure that all staff working on the ward and also on our hospital reception receiveve this basic awareness training.

  • Brunswick outreach project

    Brunswick Ward have been piloting a new and innovative outreach program to develop the admission process on to our ward. This is something we are very proud to be leading on in the South East as registered Quality Improvement work with South coast safety collaborative using QI methodology. This  pilot outreach project endeavours to engage with the patient and family before admission. Falls risk is assessed and care plan is completed with the patient and carer at the first meeting before arrival on the ward. Handover is then given to ward team, describing outcomes and learning   from outreach meetings, to ensure continuity of care and to enhance patient safety.


    Being implemented
  • For nursing staff to facilitate more activity groups on the ward

    To build the confidence and skills of nurses with running group activity to increase activity on the ward to reduce boredom and to give a sense of purpose.