According to the report, only one fifth of hospitals had implemented a system to ensure that members of staff knew which patients had dementia and how they were affected. In addition to this, a third of patients did not have a nutritional assessment when admitted and only 41 per cent were given a mental test, both of which are considered to be good practice in dementia care.
The researchers believe the lack of specialist care in some hospitals to stem from a deficiency in the proper training, with only one in 20 hospitals making dementia training a compulsory requirement.
The review team is working on certain recommendations which they hope will improve the system if they are implemented. It is thought that a key suggestion will be that of hospitals providing mandatory training for their staff in a bid to better cope and prepare for the rising rates of dementia.
Paul Burstow, Care Service Minister said: “There can be no excuses for these shocking findings. We know what good quality dementia care looks like. None of this is rocket science. There needs to be senior staff leadership on dementia in every hospital to make it a reality.”