Dementia mapping pilot in Cornwall

ContactFrazer Underwood, Consultant Nurse, Older People’s Service and Associate Director of Nursing, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
AddressPenventinnie Lane, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3LJ

What is being done?

A Dementia mapping pilot is underway in a care of the elderly ward in an acute hospital setting in Cornwall.

What is new and different?

There are a limited number of examples of Dementia mapping being undertaken in the acute hospital environments due to the extensive training and the associated costs that are required.

What difference this seems to be making

It was reported by the South West Dementia Partnership Peer Review team members who attended the briefing session that staff had felt prior to the Dementia Mapping Pilot that they were managing patients with dementia well but the learning from the pilot identified a wide range of observations around their practice that they were not aware of. This has helped them to adapt and modify their practice to help improve the care of their patients.

Plans for taking the project forward

As this has proved to be so successful there are plans to train a small number of staff so the Pilot can be implemented in other areas of the Trust.