999 staff trained towards Dementia Friends target

Learning from incidents

A big thank-you to all our staff who have helped us hit a major training milestone towards our target of having the Trust formally recognised as Dementia Friends.

By the end of 2018, a total 999 staff members had been trained to help support patients and their families that are affected by dementia.

This was the first milestone in a three-year plan to ensure all our staff are trained in recognising and accommodating patients and other members of the public with dementia.

EEAST will be formally accredited as a Dementia Friend by the Alzheimer’s Society once all staff are trained and plans for on-going training are in place.

More than 850,000 people in the in UK currently live with dementia, with that figure expected to raise as the population ages.

Clinical Lead for the project, Duncan Moore, said: “We encounter people with dementia in a number of ways. We often see them as patients, but they can also be people calling us on behalf of someone else, or they could be the relative or partner of a patient we are treating.

“Frequently we deal with people as a result of accidents and sudden illness – circumstances that anyone might find upsetting and confusing, so It’s important that all our staff are aware of dementia, the many ways it affects people, and they that know how to communicate with patients with empathy and compassion so as to reduce their anxiety.“

The training has been developed collaboratively for EEAST by the University of Hertfordshire.  Our three-year plan is in line with the commitment in the NHS 10-year and professional understanding of dementia.

View the EEAST Dementia strategy here.

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 Published 12th January 2019

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