DSDC’s Best Practice Programme has been shortlisted in the Dementia Care category of the Patient Safety Care Awards for 2014. The winners for this Award, made jointly by the Health Service Journal and Nursing Times, will be announced at a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on 15 July.
“It’s great to be shortlisted for this award. This recognises the important work we do at the dementia centre, helping train professionals to support people with dementia better. It’s also great recognition of the outstanding team we have at DSDC,” says Professor June Andrews.
The Best Practice Learning Programme has already established itself as the leading programme for frontline care staff working in the public, private and third sectors in the UK. It trains a member of staff, who in turn, delivers the training in his/her own workplace.
“Evaluation shows the programme is significantly improving standards of care that people with dementia and their families receive. When it was introduced in 2008, this evidence-based learning programme was aimed at unqualified staff working with people with dementia in acute hospitals, care homes, day care and domiciliary settings. Because of demand, it is now being piloted for nursing staff working in A&E departments”, June adds
The programme is the idea of Shirley Law – our Director of Learning and Development – who was originally a charge nurse in Perthshire. It is continually updated to reflect improvements in understanding of dementia and how to provide the best care and promote dignity and person-centred principles.
This comes hard on the heels of two other national award nominations in April 2014 and recent awards for the Centre from the Nursing Standard and Nursing Times - http://dementia.stir.ac.uk/about-dsdc/awards.
More on the Patient Safety Awards here www.patientsafetyawards.com
Organisers say competition this year was fierce with more than 600 entries submitted.