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NHS Trust to hold Dignity in Care conference

NHS Trust to hold Dignity in Care conference
23rd November 2007

A conference to highlight issues affecting how the elderly are treated in hospital is being held for staff at an NHS trust next month.

The West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS trust is running the event on December 14th.

Guest speakers include Deborah Sturdy, the Department of Health's nurse advisor for older people, while representatives from a learning disabilities group in west Hertfordshire and the Alzheimer's Society will also attend.

Gary Etheridge, the Trust's nursing director said: "This conference aims to inspire people, whether they are patients, carers, relatives or staff, so that we can all be confident that health care services for older people meet our highest expectations."

The conference is a response to a report published in September by government watchdog, the Healthcare Commission.

Notification letters were issued to eight trusts out of a total of 23 listed in the Commission's Caring for Dignity report.

The trusts were warned they needed to improve standards of care for older patients.

A number of initiatives have already been introduced to improve services at the trust. These include a red tray system to help people who have difficulty eating and monitoring patient experience.

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