Using personal information to support people with dementia in an unfamiliar environment in University Hospitals Bristol

ContactDr. Carly Hall, Infection Prevention and Control Nurse, University Hospitals Bristol Foundation NHS Trust
AddressBristol Royal Infirmary, Upper Maudlin St, Bristol, BS2 8HW

What is being done?

The project aims to familiarise staff in all clinical areas of University Hospitals Bristol with ‘This is me’, a simple leaflet devised by the Alzheimer’s Society to support people with dementia in an unfamiliar environment such as hospital.

What is new and different?

The person-centred approach

  • Helps staff really get to know the person behind the dementia/confusion
  • Is used and liked by all staff groups: Nurses, Doctors, Domestics, Allied Health Professionals, Volunteers

The project was 2011 winner of Davison Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship, a Trust run award sponsored by Above and Beyond.

What difference this seems to be making

  • Positive comments from carers/relatives/staff
  • Good feedback from South West Dementia Partnership Peer Review team
  • Use audited internally on an ongoing basis
  • A number of patients bringing their personalised ‘This is me’ back if re-admitted to hospital
  • Used in a variety of clinical areas

Plans for taking the project forward

  • Continued education about benefits of ‘This is me’
  • Ongoing audits indicating levels of availability and use
  • Promoted by Dementia Champions