We’re pleased to announce that retired nurse Tracey Shorthouse has agreed to join our Dementia-Friendly Hospitals Charter Task Force. Tracey lives with an early-onset dementia called Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA).
The Dementia-Friendly Hospitals Task Force informs all of the work the NDAA carry out in developing and promoting our Dementia Friendly Hospitals Charter. As other members before her did, Tracey provides the task force with the perspective of a person living with dementia, while Frank Arrojo, another member is a carer.
The charter was relaunched at an event on 3 September 2018 with a new element on volunteering in hospitals which Tracey spoke at. The charter can now be downloaded online and has been endorsed by Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage, Professor Alistair Burns from NHS England and Professor Martin Green OBE from Care England.
On joining the task force Tracey said:
“To be honest I felt honoured to be asked to be part of the task force. Good person centred care is crucial to good nursing. As a nurse I was taught it, and I feel that it astounds me when this ethos is not being carried out everywhere. Hopefully with the task force, we can encourage positive changes and someone who has dementia and their carers if they are needed will have a more positive stay in hospital then ever before.”
You can follow Tracey on Twitter at @TraceyShorty28