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Wakefield Hospice

Wakefield Hospice is committed to providing the highest level of symptom management and care for people who have advanced active, progressive and life threatening illness. The Hospice endorses a holistic approach in promoting quality of life for patients as well as providing the continuing support that is offered to families and carers. Philosophy of Care Wakefield Hospice - • provides high quality end of life care, giving equal consideration to the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients, their families and carers • offers care that is free of charge to patients who have been assessed as in need of specialist palliative care. • acknowledges the uniqueness of every patients fundamental approach to life and death. • maintains every patients right to privacy and dignity. • respects diversity and each individual's religious, cultural and belief system. • meets the needs of bereaved individuals in the provision of a range of bereavement services.

17 June 2019
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Wakefield and Five Towns 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?

Wakefield Hospice will help to support people with dementia and their family carers by: 

Raising awareness of the needs that people living with dementia have across the whole of the organisation Ensure all Hospice staff have the skills and knowledge to support people living with dementia and their family carers Ensure that our Hospice environment is dementia friendly Develop networks and collaborative working to enhance dementia care and support To act as a sign post to other services To provide End of Life Care education and support to health care professionals involved in caring for people and their families living with dementia.

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

Challenges include:

Time for staff trainingEnsure our Hospice services reach the people of WakefieldIdentifying appropriate networks and partner organisationsAddress barriers to Hospice care

We aim address these challenges by:

To develop a Dementia Strategy and ensure it is supported by our Board of Trustees and Senior Management Team Members Dementia Awareness training for all staff

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2. Actions

  • To provide Dementia Awareness training for all staff and volunteers. Introduce Dementia Awareness training as part of the organisation’s Induction and Mandatory Training process.

    Dementia Awareness training (Day 1) has now been delivered to almost all Hospice employees and volunteers.

    All clinical staff and volunteers are offered two additional days that include enhanced communication and end of life care for people with dementia

     The End of Life Care Admiral Nurse based at Wakefield hospice will be supporting this training as part of our mandatory training..

    Being implemented
  • End of Life Care Admiral Nurse

    This role involves enhancing and developing staff and services, working collaboratively with other local services in the Wakefield Hospice area. The End of LIfe Care Admiral Nurse will support high quality of end of life care services for people experiencing dementia and their families in the Wakefield Hospice area. 

    Being implemented