Royal Trinity Hospice has been awarded a grant this week to provide dementia awareness training to all its staff and volunteers working at the hospice and in the community. It is hoped the grant from the Health Innovation Network will improve the quality of care and support it provides to people living with dementia and their families.

The grant from the Innovation and Diffusion Awards 2016 will enable the charity to train almost 400 staff and volunteers in Tier 1 dementia awareness over the next year. Two Dementia Champions will also be trained to provide ongoing in-house training after the end of the grant. Training will be provided by dementia specialist trainers from Dementia Pathfinders.

Martin Powell, Director of Patient Services at Trinity, said, “We know the number of people living with dementia will double between 2010 and 2030. It is therefore vital that everyone at the hospice, from the receptionists to the nurses to the CEO, understand how to tailor their support for people with the condition and their families. We are delighted to have received this funding which will go a long way to helping us achieve this ambition.”

Trinity has already made significant advances towards improving the care it provides for people with dementia. The hospice has two dementia specialist nurses who visit patients at home, a weekly dementia group for patients and carers in outpatients and a multi-disciplinary dementia special interest group for staff. Trinity is also investing in the environment of the hospice by creating a dementia friendly room on the Inpatient Centre to provide respite care for patients with dementia; this room will also accommodate the patient’s primary or secondary carer.