Become a Delirium champion


The RCN’s Older People’s Forum is encouraging nursing staff to become delirium champions to help improve early identification in older people.

A new initiative, supported by My Dementia Improvement Network, will raise awareness of the importance of quickly diagnosing delirium and offer health care staff the tools to identify the condition. With more older people than ever living alone at home, it is often down to community health care workers to spot the early signs of delirium and to know how to escalate a case.

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Local charity launches appeal to support dementia patients


A local charity has launched a fundraising appeal to support people experiencing memory loss.

The Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Charity aims to purchase a number of ‘My Life’ memory software packages that will support patients with dementia and neurological conditions being cared for at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow.  The software aims to ‘spark’ recollections that can stimulate conversations between the patient and their nursing staff. Ultimately, it can improve a patient’s wellbeing and help provide a more personalised package of care.

The software includes a huge range of photographs, video clips, radio shows and music dating back to the 1930s. It also includes pictures and newsreels of the local area from wartime to the present day. Staff, patients and their family members can work together to create a personal profile and ‘Life Book’ for each patient. This can include their personal likes and dislikes, their favourite music, pictures of their childhood and even video messages from friends and loved ones.

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Fundraising for Bradford Royal Infirmary


Well Done to Danielle Woods & the Team – Fundraising for Bradford Royal Infirmary by doing a Trek in China!

Introducing Interactive Me Technology Reminiscence Therapy


The Silver Birch Fund with the support of their many sponsors and volunteers have been tirelessly fund raising for the past year to purchase this excellent system for our patients. The target looked some way distant, however thanks to the submission of successful business case we are delighted to announce the introduction of this technology supported reminiscence therapy for patients with Dementia here at Darent Valley Hospital.

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Let the good times roll! Reminiscence Therapy introduced at Mid Yorks


The Dementia Support team at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have recently introduced new digital reminiscence therapy computers onto the elderly care wards at Pinderfields and Dewsbury Hospitals.

The digital reminiscence therapy is a form of cognitive therapy which calms, stimulates and reduces agitation in patients with dementia. The therapy has been proven to help and positively engage dementia patients, with a cognitive decline in mental abilities such as memory and thinking.

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Community Health Trust introduces technology to help neurology and dementia patients


Digital software which provides memory therapy for patients who have dementia, or those who have suffered a head injury or stroke, has been introduced by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C) at several of its inpatient units.
The My Improvement Network equipment uses interactive touch screen tablets to access personal photos, patients’ favourite music, TV programmes and life stories. A profile can be built about each patient, which can include their likes and dislikes, as well as information about their family and friends.

The aim of using the equipment is to help stimulate conversations between patients, their families, and staff. It can also be used to help staff provide more personalised care.

The software is currently in use at Caroline House, a specialist neurological rehabilitation unit, and Priscilla Bacon Lodge, a palliative care unit, both based at Colman Hospital; and Beech Ward at Norwich Community Hospital, which provides care for patients following a stroke.

They have also been installed at Ogden Court in Wymondham, which provides rehabilitation for those who have had a stroke or are suffering with dementia ahead of their return home or to a care home.

Mary Page, Manager at Caroline House, said:

“This system helps patients to recall memories, which is really helpful in their recovery and rehabilitation.”

“Sometimes when you visit a patient with cognitive impairment it can be difficult to know what to say and to keep the conversation going. This software can be used as a tool so relatives can, for example, talk about family photos or find music that their family member likes. They can have music uploaded which the patient enjoys and can help with relaxation for that person.”

“What’s really helpful is that we can use the tablets on a one-to-one basis at patients’ bedsides, or we can gather several patients around a big TV monitor and play games or take part in one of the many quizzes contained within the programme.”

The trial of My Improvement Network has been paid for through Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust Charitable Fund, registered charity number 1051173.

The Fund receives donations from patients, families, carers, well-wishers and local companies, and is governed completely independently of the Trust to ensure the funds are used appropriately. A Charitable Funds Committee meets at least four times a year to discuss spending plans in response to requests from staff and the wishes of donors.

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My Improvement Network are committed to investing in education for health care professionals and are proud supporters of RCN Projects

The integration and use of technology within healthcare offers significant benefits in both primary and secondary care settings. These benefits can extend across nursing practice from improving person centered care to enhancing daily workflows. Providing educational tools that empower and guide nursing staff through this digital revolution is critical and will help facilitate successful incorporation and safe implementation of technologies within nursing, by nurses.