How an enhanced care initiative has improved dementia services

Introduction of an enhanced nursing care team has reduced use of costly support staff 

Introduction of an enhanced care team has reduced use of costly support staff

The number of people with dementia is expected to double worldwide over the next two decades. In the UK alone, it is estimated there will be more than 2 million people living with dementia by 2051.

At East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, we have therefore made providing high-quality care for patients with dementia a priority.

In 2016, we set up an enhanced dementia support team (EDST) to provide one-to-one support for patients with dementia or delirium who are a risk to themselves or others.

The EDST is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ensuring that patients who cannot maintain their own safe environments are always supported by specially trained staff. The team is made up of a band 8 matron, a band 6