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RCN calls on nurses to become ‘delirium champions’ in bid to improve care

The RCN has launched a project to help NHS staff spot the signs of delirium among patients. 
Patients with delirium

A project that could save lives has been launched by the RCN to help nurses identify the signs of delirium in patients.

The colleges initiative, led by the RCN older peoples forum, will recruit delirium champions from across the NHS to educate other staff using bespoke materials and a short, animated film.

Early detection

By detecting delirium early, nurses can prevent patients from falling, further illness and even dying.

Patients with delirium can experience a sudden state of confusion, leaving them feeling disoriented and struggling to pay attention or make decisions, according to the RCN.

The National Audit of Dementia, published earlier this year, recommended an increase in checks for delirium symptoms in hospitals and a lack of

A project that could save lives has been launched by the RCN to help nurses identify the signs of delirium in patients.


The RCN will recruit champions from the NHS to help improve awareness
of the early detection of delirium in older patients. Picture: iStock

The college’s initiative, led by the RCN older people’s forum, will recruit delirium champions from across the NHS to educate other staff using bespoke materials and a short, animated film.

Early detection

By detecting delirium early, nurses can prevent patients from falling, further illness and even dying.

Patients with delirium can experience a sudden state of confusion, leaving them feeling disoriented and struggling to pay attention or make decisions, according to the RCN.

The National Audit of Dementia, published earlier this year, recommended an increase in checks for delirium symptoms in hospitals and a lack of awareness has been reported among nursing staff.

Improve cognitive impairment

The project is sponsored by My Improvement Network, an organisation which aims to improve the care of people with cognitive impairment through the use of technology.

RCN professional lead for older people and dementia Dawne Garrett said: ‘Delirium is a common condition, particularly among older patients and those with dementia. Yet more and more nurses are coming forward to say there just isn’t enough awareness of delirium among healthcare staff.

‘All our delirium champions will be equipped with education and development resources to help train as many staff as possible about delirium symptoms.

Avoid further distress

‘We hope to effect real change so that patients can get the care they need as soon as possible, avoiding any further distress or complications.

‘I’d like to encourage nursing staff to get involved in this project – it’s a chance to make a real difference to patients in dementia care and much further afield.’

Further information

Become a delirium champion


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