Staff Receive Recognition for Dementia Work


Staff Receive Recognition for Dementia WorkThe Western Trust is supporting World Alzheimer’s day on 21 September 2018 by raising awareness of dementia and highlighting the ongoing work going in our hospitals to make them dementia friendly. This includes staff training, environmental improvements,  putting dementia information on social media and on television screens in our hospital’s outpatients departments.

The number of people in Northern Ireland with dementia is steadily increasing. In recent years it has been estimated that approximately 20,000 people are living with dementia and with this figure set to increase to 60,000 by the year 2051, it is a priority that dementia care is optimised in all settings.

Dr Bob Brown, Director of Primary Care and Older People Western Trust commented:  “Our aim is to help deliver the best possible care and support for people with dementia and their carers whilst in hospital. We are working to achieve this by ensuring that all staff within the hospital are aware of and understand dementia. Approximately one quarter of our hospital beds are occupied by patients with a dementia diagnosis. Our staff play a pivotal role in recognising the needs of these patients and tailoring their care to meet such needs.”
Mary Lafferty, Assistant Nursing Services Manager in Trauma and Orthopaedics for the Western Trust congratulated staff from the Trauma and Orthopaedics Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital, who have successfully completed their course in best practice in dementia care from the University of Stirling and were presented with their award certificates.  The course was facilitated by, Deirdre Harkin, PHD researcher in the Trust. 
Mary said: “This course is made available to the staff within the Trauma and Orthopaedic Unit on an ongoing basis and I am delighted that our staff continue to undertake this training, which enhances the experience of patients with dementia and their families who are cared for in the Unit.”