The Department of Health has launched a new nursing vision and strategy for dementia care. It makes clear that every nurse can make a difference to the care of people with dementia.
This new resource will support the Prime Minister's Dementia Challenge by:
- Raising the profile of the wider nursing contribution to dementia care
describing what is expected of all nurses to meet the level and quality of care expected in all care settings
- The vision demonstrates the 6 Cs for dementia care by including nursing values and behaviours. It builds on 'Compassion in Practice', the national vision for nurses, midwives and care staff.
There is a need to ensure people with dementia have the best, compassionate care and support from all nurses and their teams. All nurses can make a contribution across the dementia pathway, irrespective of provider, whether it's within the NHS, social, private, voluntary or prison sectors. This support starts right from keeping well, awareness raising and reducing social stigma, through to early identification, diagnosis, maintaining health and wellbeing and finally end of life care and bereavement support for carers and their families.
The dementia nursing vision has been developed by stakeholders from a wide range of NHS and other organisations, and carers, bringing together partners and clinicians with expertise and interest in dementia. They shared and consulted on the document with experts from the health, social care and voluntary sectors and their wider networks.
There is an accompanying 6Cs infographic at the link below.