B4: Living well with dementia – coproducing care for vulnerable patients

Thursday 28 March
13:15 – 14:30

Part A: Session to be confirmed

Part B: Dementia: You don’t have to be the boss to be a leader

In UK, 25% of inpatient beds are occupied by someone with dementia, and clinical outcomes are significantly worse than those for people without dementia. In 2017 the Royal Free London set about opening our first dementia friendly ward, built on patient-led, evidenced-based design principles. Using our revolutionary grassroots dementia leadership educational tool (“CAPER”), our journey towards dementia-friendly explores issues around leadership, joy, environment, and asks the question: what does the term “dementia friendly” really mean?

After this session, participants will be able to:

1) Understand the impact of the hospital experience on people living with dementia, their relatives and the staff who look after them, based on local and national data from England
2) Using improvement science and patient stories, learn specific and actionable tools and strategies to become “dementia-friendly” which you can use in your own place of work, understanding the potential impact of these on both quality and cost of care, patient and staff experience
3) Understand the features of “specialist” and “generalist” approaches to the challenges and opportunities of dementia care, and the merits of each, including implications for spread

Danielle Wilde, Group Lead Dementia, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust; England