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National Guidelines for Dementia Care developed by University of Bradford

5 February 10


A team from the University of Bradford has worked with the British Standards Institute (BSI) to develop the first ever guidelines for Dementia Care Mapping (DCM). Bradford Dementia Group, part of the University's School of Health Studies, launched the guidelines this week.

A team from the University of Bradford has worked with the British Standards Institute (BSI) to develop the first ever guidelines for Dementia Care Mapping (DCM).  Bradford Dementia Group, part of the University's School of Health Studies, launched the guidelines this week.

This Publicly Available Specification, titled PAS 800, 'Use of Dementia Care Mapping for improved person-centred care in a care provider organization - Guide', sets out the guidelines and benefits for care organisations who use the DCM tool to improve the quality of dementia care services they provide. These are the first such guidelines in dementia care in the UK and involved an intensive period of writing and review for its development.

Bradford Dementia Group has worked in partnership with BSI and a panel of healthcare experts in the UK to bring about this ground-breaking publication. It is hoped that this publication will increase knowledge and use of this tool as it provides very clear guidance on how organisations can improve quality and get the most out of the DCM tool.

Interest in the DCM tool has grown nationally and internationally. DCM was developed by Bradford Dementia Group and this year celebrates its 18th birthday. It is a method for improving care practice for people with dementia.  Taking the view of the person with dementia, DCM helps staff teams to develop person-centred practice and to improve care for residents.

Head of Training and Practice Development, at Bradford Dementia Group, Paul Edwards said:  "Bradford Dementia Group's mission is to make real world change in dementia care. These guidelines are a great example of transferring knowledge into practice. The group firmly believes that people with dementia and those who care for them should be afforded high standards of dementia care, and this publication aims to make these a reality.

"We are thrilled with the publication of this work. It is the culmination of many months of hard work. We can make improvements in the quality of dementia care and this document demonstrates how organisations can use DCM to bring about improvements in quality. In a world where services afforded to people with dementia still fall short of the mark, organisations need information on how they can improve.

"I hope PAS 800 provides clear guidelines for the use of DCM and puts dementia care firmly on the quality standards agenda where it should rightly be."

The work of Bradford Dementia Group was recently highlighted on the BBC Two documentary 'Can Gerry fix Dementia Care?'. They were asked to take part because of their unrivalled expertise and experience in this area. After a review of the quality of care in a failing home, Paul Edwards from Bradford Dementia Group introduced DCM to staff at the care home and trained them how to use it successfully.
 

5 February 10

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