I reported in an earlier blog that RSCH was becoming very active in providing care specific to patients woith dementia. That work is continuing well. I have now joined the Trust's Dementia Steering Group and have attended my first meeting. The Group is impressive and includeds representatives of the University which is active in research in this area, the County Council and the Alzheimers Society.
The hospital has just been subject to a National Dementia Audit which includes an organisational checklist and an audit of the case notes of 40 patients. Overall performance was good. Of the 47 questions which relate to the most serious matters, the hospital needed to improve on 4. Of the 94 questions on standards which RSCH should be expected to meet in normal practice, 12 needed improvement and of the 11 questions which RSCH should meet to achieve excellent practice there was just one where improvement was required. Action is in place to achieve improvement wherever that was deemed necessary.