Commitment to the care of people with dementia in general hospitals

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This commitment by the RCN should be used as a guide to support the delivery of dignified care for people living with dementia and their families, within general hospital settings.

The commitment is made up of five principles which form a shared commitment to improving care. Each principle is considered essential to ensure the appropriate delivery of care, and factors are identified which will support their delivery based on guidance and best practice. They are intended for all those people responsible for care, not just nursing staff, to help support improvements and make positive changes. 

The RCN has developed new resources consisting of a 'how to guide' and film to support the further implementation of its five principles for improving the quality of care. The film includes the perspectives of people with dementia, family carers and practitioners about hospital care. It also includes practical tools, best practice examples and guidance on delivering improvements.

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