The Alzheimer’s Society and Bupa have jointly launched a national Dementia Champions programme.
The new programme aims to develop in-house leaders in 130 Bupa care homes to champion good dementia care and was successfully piloted in six homes in the north of England.
It is aimed at key staff who can be “encouraged to harness their own charisma and drive to challenge the whole organisation to deliver high-quality dementia care”.
Neil Hunt, Chief Executive, Alzheimer’s Society said: “Delivering good dementia care is a skilled task and staff need access to continuous development. It is not enough simply to tick a box and say someone has been trained.
“The drive to improve care needs to be ongoing and the whole culture of the workplace needs to change. That’s what Bupa and Alzheimer’s Society are seeking to achieve with this programme,” he said.
Graham Stokes, head of mental health for Bupa Care Services, added: “We believe that specialist training of care home staff is a key factor in ensuring our residents enjoy the highest possible quality of life.”