Staff from the James Paget University Hospital have recently spoken at two conferences to highlight the innovative services that have come about as a result of collaboration between the hospital library and Dementia Care team at the Trust.
Developments such as researching the use of primary coloured walking frames for patients, reminiscence aids, the introduction of Pets as Therapy dogs and the trial of dignity garments, alongside mandatory training for all staff within the Trust, have all led to improvements in patient care. Subsequently, both the library and Dementia Care teams have taken enquiries from other organisations that are keen to learn more about the schemes.
Peter Ransome, manager of the Sir James Paget Library and Ali Thayne, Dementia Care Lead for the Trust, (pictured here) were invited to speak at the joint International Congress of Medical Librarianship (ICML) & European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) in Dublin in June 2017 and also gave a presentation to the regional East & Midlands Library & Knowledge Services Library conference at Peterborough in July 2017.
They spoke about the introduction of the initiatives and how awareness training at staff induction days was having a positive effect.
Ali says; “The presentation was well-received at both events and we gave more information about each of the schemes. We found the introduction of Pets as Therapy (PAT) dogs proved to be very popular with patients, staff and visitors alike and this along with the current trial of dignity garments for dementia patients have all led to significant improvements in patient care.
“The Library team, based at the Burrage Centre on the James Paget site at Gorleston, have been providing embedded services for the Dementia Care team and have provided direct evidence-based research leading to these improvements for patients suffering with dementia, used both within the hospital and while patients are resident in the wider local community.”
Peter is also a member of the Dementia Champions group, chaired by Ali, which meets to discuss service improvements for patients with dementia on a monthly basis at the Louise Hamilton Centre.