Dementia Action Week

14 May 2021

YAS marks Dementia Action Week

To mark Dementia Action Week (17-23 May), we will be focusing on the work we have been doing to improve the care we provide to our patients and staff who are affected by dementia.

As we strive to become accredited as a dementia-friendly organisation by 2022, we have been achieving the key milestones which include:

    • Gaining feedback from patients and their carers to shape training for frontline staff.
    • Tier 1 dementia awareness training for all staff and volunteers, regardless of their role.
    • Tier 2 dementia training for all patient-facing roles from August. This will include communication, behaviours, early recognition signs, the importance of carers and more.
    • A 95% increase in staff who have completed their Dementia Friends training.
    • A commitment to join John’s campaign to support the key role of carers and involve them when providing person-centred care.
    • 123 dementia-friendly Patient Transport Service vehicles are now in service. Alterations have been made to the colour and design of the signage, edges of the seating, overhead storage and entrance step to make journeys a more positive experience for patients living with dementia.
    • Knitted octopus will be made available on PTS journeys if someone living with dementia is distressed or anxious. They are proven to keep hands busy and provide tactile and sensory stimulation.
    • CPD events for staff, including visits by the ‘dementia bus’ which aims to help staff to feel what it is like living with dementia 
    • Staff and volunteers who have caring responsibilities for someone living with dementia or any other condition/disability are invited to join a new carer support group.
    • An educational video for staff and the public with writer Wendy Mitchell, whose Sunday Times best seller ‘Somebody I Used to Know’ tells her story of being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in 2014, aged 58.


Thank you to all the staff and carers who have shared their first-hand experiences of dementia as part of Dementia Action Week.

Staff Stories

Patient and Carer Stories

Produced by: Corporate Communications Department