Greater Manchester Community Delirium Toolkit

The Greater Manchester community delirium toolkit is designed for health and social care staff to use in the community to help them identify and manage delirium in people over the age of 18 and not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is based on national evidence and includes resources for both clinicians and people with delirium and their families.

The toolkit has been piloted by five locality community-based teams in Greater Manchester, from July – December 2020. This included seeking feedback on the Greater Manchester delirium leaflet. We have incorporated the pilot findings and feedback in the final versions below. The intended benefits of the pilot were the early detection of delirium, improved outcomes, such as reduced hospital admission, and to provide information for patients and family members. The report from the pilot is available Greater Manchester Community Delirium Toolkit Pilot Report March 2021 (1) . The community delirium toolkit was successfully implemented and 70% of the patients that were diagnosed with delirium were able to avoid hospital admission and were safely managed at home.

The basis for the development of the toolkit was the Greater Manchester approach to delirium, which outlines Greater Manchester’s position on the recommendations for a person-centred pathway for those susceptible to delirium in all setting.

You can download a 42 minute film where Helen Pratt, Project Manager/Mental Health Nurse (Dementia United) and Dr Emma Vardy, Consultant Geriatrician/Clinical Dementia Lead Salford ICO (Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust) are talking about the Greater Manchester community delirium toolkit. The conversation covers what delirium is and why it is important to detect it.  It also includes how Dementia United developed the Greater Manchester community delirium toolkit as well as going through the key documents and how to use them, as well as providing some results from the piloting of the toolkit.

Download the Greater Manchester community delirium toolkit contents

The individual documents which make up the toolkit can be found below, along with optional resources. The links will lead directly to the named documents.

  1. Key document 1 How to identify and manage delirium
  2. Key document 2 The 4AT assessment tool for delirium
  3. Key document 3. Greater Manchester community delirium TIME bundle Key document
  4. Greater Manchester Management of delirium guidance
  5. Greater Manchester delirium Leaflet long version
  6. Greater Manchester delirium Leaflet short version

We also have the shorter version of the leaflet available in ten languages. These are available as a downloadable document and an audio file. You can find them on the Delirium toolkit training resources page

Optional resources:

  1. RESTORE2 (Recognises Early Soft Sign, Take Observations, Respond, Escalate)
  2. Abbey Pain Scale
  3. Greater Manchester nutrition and hydration material:
    1. Paper Weight Arm band can be used to indicate malnutrition
    2. Monitoring food, fluid intake, and oral hygiene
  4. Health Education England mouth care assessment guide
  5. Bristol Stool Chart
  6. West Essex CCG Anticholinergic side-effects and prescribing guidance
  7. Bury UTI Assessment Tool
  8. Eating, drinking and moving well:
    1. Greater Manchester nutrition and hydration: Eat, drink, live well
    2. Eating and drinking well – supporting people living with dementia
    3. Keep GM Moving: Moving more at home
    4. Greater Manchester COVID-19 specific guide for living well at home
  9. Alzheimer’s Society “This is Me” document

Contact Dementia United if you want to provide feedback or have any questions email:

Training resources

Click here to find a range of resources that provide useful learning for those using the Delirium Community Toolkit