Grants available to improve hospices’ care for people with dementia

Categories: Care.

The St James’s Place Foundation grant programme aims to support hospices as they look to improve the experiences of people with dementia, as well as providing support for their families, through all stages of the disease, from diagnosis to end of life care.

The grants will support projects that run over a period of 18 months, and are on offer to both new activities that hospices are looking to undertake (following a study or scoping exercise) and existing projects that are seeking to achieve a greater impact.

The total available funding is £300,000 and it is anticipated that between seven and ten grants will be awarded.

There are four key areas of support that the programme has identified:

  • new clinical posts in dementia care such as a dementia care nurse
  • existing staff time to focus on building dementia care capacity
  • staff engagement and training in dementia care
  • partnership working by hospices with other care providers such as care homes, hospitals and other care experts

Projects that best show how they will contribute to national learning will be prioritised and the grants committee will look for clear indications of a project’s relevance to the improvement of dementia care on a national level.

Hospice UK recently published a new resource entitled ‘Hospice enabled dementia care – the first steps’, a guide to help hospices establish care for people with dementia, their families and carers.

The deadline for applications is 15 May 2015 and applicants will find out whether or not they have been successful in June.

This grant programme is open to UK hospices which are full members of Hospice UK. Unfortunately Marie Curie and Sue Ryder hospices are not eligible.

Find out more about the grant programme, including how to apply, on the Hospice UK website.

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