The dementia ward champion role has been developed at Musgrove Park Hospital, part of Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. The role definition and training requirements are described below and can be downloaded from the South West Dementia Partnership website.
The Hospital has encouraged all departments where staff work with patients who have a dementia to identify and support dementia ward champions.
The dementia ward champions provide provide a single point of contact for the ward team caring for patients with dementia. They cascade information from the Dementia working group to their own clinical area. They provide an essential link between practice areas across the Hospital.
For further information about the dementia ward champion role contact Rob Conway, Matron, Emergency and uplanned care division, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Telephone: 01823 343856. Bleep 2007, Email: Robert.Conway@tst.nhs.uk.