The aim of this paper is to report on the transformation of a small local
hospital offering, for the first time, an acute geriatric service. At the start
of this process in 2005 it became evident that many of the staff were
inexperienced in providing care to older patients, specifically, and most
obviously, in the area of dementia care. Previously, the clinical focus had
been on medical and surgical care and the staff therefore needed to develop
a new range of skills and knowledge.
A practice development process was adopted to transform the service
with the overall aims of: developing and implementing a staff education programme to meet the
needs of the staff and patients.
This involved using a survey to gather baseline data about the level of
dementia competence and developing a dementia educational programme.
In this paper, we present the evaluation of this dementia educational
programme and its impact on knowledge in a new specialist aged care