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Developing the evidence base for evaluating dementia training in NHS hospitals (DEMTRAIN): A mixed method study

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Publication date11/2016
Original languageEnglish
Event11th UK Dementia Congress 2016 - Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 2/11/20164/11/2016
Conference number: 11
http://www.careinfo.org/ukdc-2016/

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Conference11th UK Dementia Congress 2016
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBrighton
Period2/11/164/11/16
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Abstract

There are approximately 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. Around 70 percent of acute hospital beds are occupied by older people, approximately 40 percent of whom have dementia. Evidence suggests that dementia training approaches and initiatives are highly variable. Improving the quality of care in hospitals is a key priority within national dementia strategies. There is limited research evaluating dementia training packages, and where evaluation takes place this often focuses on immediate, on-the-day training feedback and effects.
We will adopt a number of different methods. We aim to use existing data, such as Hospital Episode Statistics, alongside two surveys (hospital and staff level) to map and assess the variation in dementia training, in health service outcome/process measures (e.g. length of stay and emergency re-admissions) and staff outcomes (e.g. confidence and knowledge). The hospital survey has support from key partners, including Professor Alistair Burns and Professor Martin Vernon. We aim to recruit up to193 acute hospitals in England for the hospital level survey. At the staff level, we will recruit up to 30 staff members per hospital, from a random sample of 24 hospitals. We will also explore the cost effectiveness of training packages and carry out an in-depth case study of up to 8 hospitals. We aim to identify specific recommendations and guidance about which elements of the training packages are potentially more effective and appropriate for use in acute hospital settings. Our poster will outline the study design, and next phase of administering the England-wide hospital and staff level survey.
We will soon begin the distribution of the hospital level survey. If you would like to know more about this or get involved, please contact: idclancaster@lancaster.ac.uk. You can chat with a member of the research team, Faraz Ahmed, who will be presenting this poster on 3rd November.