Almost 1,200 staff working for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust will be receiving training and further education in dementia care following an award of £20,155 by Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
The Foundation Level Dementia Awareness training will be made available to both clinical staff and support staff who come into contact with patients, for example, porters, ward clerks and housekeepers.
Topics covered by the training will include recognising and understanding dementia, interacting with those with dementia and being able to signpost patients affected by dementia to appropriate support.
Elaine Lindfield, the trust’s dementia care pathway lead, said: “The prevalence of dementia is increasing and therefore, the number of people displaying symptoms or with a diagnosis of dementia who require the services and care of our acute hospitals, community support and rehabilitation is set to rise. This funding will enable us to further develop the understanding, knowledge and skills of many more staff, and also inform them of practical and fundamental ways that they can support people with dementia.”