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Yorkshire nurses develop learning tool for dementia awareness

Nurses from Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have designed their own interactive DVD for training health professionals in dementia awareness.

The DVD features interviews with a range of specialists from the trust and footage of expert speakers from a series of educational events. Staff are assessed on their knowledge before and after watching the DVD.

‘There is a common misconception that there is nothing that can be done for older people with dementia and it is a natural consequence of the ageing process,’ said Anita Ruckledge, the trust’s trauma unit manager, who led the project. ‘The DVD has been designed to act as an information portal that our nurses can take away to learn more about dementia in their own time.’

‘I am very proud of our trauma unit for their innovative approach to raising awareness of dementia,’ added trust chief nurse Tracey McErlain-Burns.

The Department of Health published its national dementia strategy on Monday.

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