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Chloe Hood Royal College of Psychiatrists for Quality Improvement presents learning from the national dementia audit findings

Chloe HoodChloe Hood

Abstract

The National Audit of Dementia (care in general hospitals) was established in 2008 with funding from the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership to examine the quality of care received by people with dementia in general hospitals.

The first round of the National Audit of Dementia was carried out in 2010/11.  The national report (2011) concluded that hospitals needed to design and implement an integrated approach to the care of people with dementia and highlighted improvements to be made at all levels.

The second round of audit collected data between April and October 2012, reporting June 2013.  Results show a welcome increase in individual items measured but low performance against essential standards for many hospitals is apparent. The care of people with dementia in hospital continues to be a national level strategic priority.   

Hospitals have shown commitment to identifying and carrying out improvements to the care of people with dementia. As well as participating over two rounds of audit, hospitals are engaged in local and national initiatives to drive up quality. This includes the Dementia Action Alliance call to action to create dementia friendly hospitals and in Wales 1000 Lives Plus and associated work.

Future audit in this area will need to provide focus on meaningful change in organisational practice, and should include measures which reflect care experience, carer involvement, and support for the staff providing care.

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6 October 2014

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