PERFORMANCE: East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has highlighted the improvements it is making in care for dementia patients.

The trust has introduced a number of initiatives to help enhance the experience of patients with dementia while they are in hospital, it said in a press statement.

“These include providing more training for staff, having specialists in dementia care and appointing ‘dementia champions’ in every ward and department,” it stated.

Specialist training workshops are now being run bi-monthly, where previously it was twice a year, and a longer course of teaching is being delivered by dementia care pathway lead Elaine Pakdaman.

Professor Pakaman said: “This is all part of intensive multi-professional work being undertaken to improve the service and care we provide.

“With coordinated working between the patient, carers, families and statutory agencies we can, and will, improve the care we give in hospital and support their safe discharge home.”