WORKFORCE: East Sussex Healthcare staff have taken part in a pilot project to train them in improving care for patients with dementia.

Following the success of this pilot, the trust said it was now looking at how the programme could be offered to more staff in the future.

The joint pilot project between East Sussex Healthcare and Canterbury Christ Church University has seen 10 nurses, therapists and support workers from the trust complete a six-day learning programme.

The programme covered areas such as understanding more about different types of dementia and how this affects people in their day to day lives, how to communicate to people living with dementia, how unfamiliar environments and stressful situations can influence people with dementia and how to offer care and therapy that is respectful and dignified.  

Professor Jan Dewing, head of practice development for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “This pilot has shown the potential of this form of learning to enhance patient care for people with dementia and their families.

“I look forward to repeating the programme with more staff next year and helping to establish dementia care champions across the trust.”