South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has a comprehensive dementia training and education programme. It includes dementia awareness sessions for all levels of staff including a pocket guide on how to communicate with people with a dementia in 12 steps. The programme also includes workshops that cover all aspects of care from ‘What is dementia?’ to ‘End of life care’.
In addition, a forum for link nurses meets quarterly and members are encouraged to make small changes of practice relevant to their own area. The Trust are in the process of facilitating a knowledge unit aligned with the Skills for Care Qualification and Credits Framework. The Trust also plans to evaluate its 20 credit degree module run with Plymouth University.
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Further information: Maggi Douglas-Dunbar, South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, email@example.com, 01803 655859