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Bridging the gap: an innovative dementia learning program for healthcare assistants in hospital wards using facilitator-led discussions

, : Bridging the gap: an innovative dementia learning program for healthcare assistants in hospital wards using facilitator-led discussions. International Psychogeriatrics 21 Suppl 1: S58-S63

Nursing a person with dementia in a ward setting can be stressful and a challenge for staff and patients alike. Healthcare assistants are identified as requiring a specific training program. They form part of the front-line workforce and yet have the least access to training but often most contact with patients. The program in this study focused on person-centered care and used six self-study workbooks. Experienced registered nurses are trained to be facilitators of 12 group discussions in the ward setting. The training program viewed the facilitator as playing a key role in empowering the healthcare assistant but also in promoting reflective practice. The outcomes to date have been positive and showed a development in confidence and competence of the healthcare assistants involved.


PMID: 19288962

DOI: 10.1017/S1041610209008680

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