A quarter of patients in UK hospitals have a dementia, and the number is growing.
We need to do more for these patients, which is why we have embarked on a new campaign to raise awareness of dementia for staff in our hospitals and working in the community.
More than 12,500 staff have seen Barbara's Story
As part of this initiative, every member of staff must attend an innovative training session, the main focus of which is a short film about Barbara and her experiences during a hospital visit.
All staff are expected to have a good understanding of the issues faced by patients with dementia so they can recognise and support our care for these vulnerable patients.
So far more than 12,500 have been trained.
Find out more
For more information about Barbara’s Story, contact our Chief Nurse Eileen Sills. See also our media release about Barbara's story.
Feedback from our staff
'This exceptional film should be shared with as wide an audience - including other professionals and policy makers - as possible.'
'Barbara’s Story is a powerful reminder of just how important everyone’s contribution is when it comes to creating a safe and positive environment.'
'Everywhere I go I see people making more effort when they see patients peering at the signage, appointment letter in hand. It has really struck a chord and is making a difference. The phrase "Barbara's story" has almost become code for doing the right thing.'
'Barbara's Story is profound and a stark reminder of the importance of understanding things from the patient's point of view.'