Aim: To improve the quality of care, experience and outcomes for people with dementia in acute general hospitals, carers and staff, in line with the 10 care actions for dementia.

  • developing an appreciative enquiry approach to understanding critical success factors in supporting positive outcomes for people with dementia within acute care settings.
  • publishing and sharing the findings from this work and methodology used in order to inform future improvement work in acute care settings.
  • developing a national improvement approach to supporting acute general hospitals in collaboration with other acute care improvement programmes and national partners.

Acute Care

Identifying critical success factors for improved outcomes for people with dementia and their carers in acute care: A focus on NHS Grampian

This publication describes the methodology and findings of work undertaken between January and March 2017 in four wards in NHS Grampian’s Aberdeen Royal Infirmary that have been recognised as delivering particularly good practice in relation to the 10 Dementia Care Actions. The four wards which this review was based on are in the Department of Medicine for the Elderly (DOME) – wards 102 (the Geriatric Assessment Unit), 303, 304 and 306.

The aim of this work was to identify and share the critical success factors associated with improved outcomes for people with dementia, their carers, friends, family and staff in acute care, using an appreciative inquiry approach and the 10 Dementia Care Actions as a framework.

Focus on Dementia will engage with stakeholders to see how we can share the learning of this work and continue to support services as they implement the acute care commitment of Scotland’s national dementia strategies.