Delirium toolkit training resources

Our aims

Dementia United’s Greater Manchester approach to delirium  outlines key standards that focus on raising awareness and ensuring the provision of information for people at risk of delirium, those that go on to develop delirium, and for family carers.

Why this matters

Delirium is a common yet under-recognised medical condition that can have serious or even life-threatening consequences. Given the costs of delirium to both the patient and to the healthcare economy, it is essential that healthcare professionals are aware of delirium and understand how to identify and manage the condition. The Northern Clinical Network for Mental Health and Dementia has produced a curriculum for delirium training to be used in acute hospitals in the region. Delirium-curriculum-for-acute-hospital-staff-v4.0-final.pdf (

What we’ve achieved so far

Greater Manchester delirium leaflet

Dementia United co-produced a Greater Manchester public facing delirium leaflet

This is also available as a short film – you can access this on YouTube

Translated leaflets, films and audio files

The leaflet is available in ten languages in three formats: written leaflet, audio file and film. You can access all of these here

Collated training resources

We have also collated information resources from Greater Manchester and across the UK, as below.

Greater Manchester

  • Strategic Clinical Network video hearing from patients and carers about what delirium is like. Emma Vardy and colleagues at Salford Royal describing their electronic delirium assessment and management tool designed to identify and manage delirium early.
  • Health Innovation Manchester video hearing from Liz and her partner Mike. Mike has dementia and has experienced delirium twice. In the video they explain how the digital screening and management tool at Salford Royal helped to identify Mike’s delirium superimposed on his dementia and how he went on to recover and be discharged in 4 days.
  • This is the link to the webinar that Emma Vardy presented at for World Delirium Awareness Day 17th March 2021. The emphasis of the webinar is for community practitioners and North West Ambulance clinicians. Emma covers what is delirium, why it is important, how to assess delirium, what the causes are and what can be undertaken to manage it, as well as talking through some case studies.


Hospital focused resources

Care homes focused resources

Family and informal carer focused resources

Resources reflecting COVID-19 and delirium