Hospitals have made important changes to improve dementia care says the National Audit of Dementia, but more is needed.

The audit shows that hospitals in England and Wales have made many positive changes aimed at making hospitals more “dementia-friendly”. Overall nearly 70% of carers rated care as excellent or very good, and 75% said that the person with dementia was definitely treated with respect by staff.

More hospitals are providing dementia awareness training to all groups of staff, and 96% have a training framework for dementia care. Nearly all hospitals have created dementia “champions” to lead change and support staff, following former recommendations. Staff however said they could not always access specialist support, especially out of hours.

A number of key recommendations have been made in the report. To read more click here.