Making dementia a priority

Friday 28 December 2012

Elderly woman

Nearly 8,000 staff (out of 12,500) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ have received a powerful training session to put them in the shoes of patients with dementia.

Every member of staff will watch Barbara’s story, a short film about Barbara who has symptoms of dementia. The film was launched in September, and follows Barbara’s journey though hospital and the challenges she faces.

“All staff, both clinical and non clinical, are expected to have a good understanding of the issues faced by dementia patients so that they can all provide exceptional care,” said Chief Nurse and Director of Patient Experience Eileen Sills.

A quarter of patients in UK hospitals have a form of dementia, and the number is growing. Dementia will affect all of us in our work or our personal lives, which is why

Barbara’s story is just one of many initiatives in place at Guy’s and St Thomas’ to improve the awareness of dementia among all staff.

The BBC recently paid a visit to our elderly care wards to find out more about our initiatives.

Last updated: December 2012

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