Dementia United successfully hosted the second annual Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) Delirium Virtual Study Day on the 10th October 2023.

The study day aimed to give a deeper understanding of delirium to practitioners working in emergency departments. It highlighted the importance of screening and assessing for delirium and provided guidance to assist with implementing change.

A wide range of speakers from across Greater Manchester presented alongside lived experience contributors and speakers from across the UK.

Topics covered included:

  • What is delirium and why is it important?
  • Lived experience accounts of delirium
  • Delirium screening and assessment
  • Management of delirium, from a medical and nursing perspective
  • Delirium from a national perspective and what’s new in research
  • Delirium in the community and as a patient safety issue

We had a great turnout, with 54 delegates joining us over the day and a further 12 registered to receive resources and a recording of the event.

Feedback provided by 45 delegates was majority good or excellent for all presentations and 93% were satisfied overall.

Thank you for greatly accelerating my understanding of delirium. Because of that understanding, it will now be a routine part of my assessment in the ED

Good to listen to patients’ experience and thereby understand better.

What will you differently? Diagnose Delirium as opposed to just putting Urine Tract Infection/Lower Respiratory Tract Infection or another possible cause. To use this information to educate the ED team and apply to everyday practice.

If you missed the event, you can register for on-demand access via the Royal College of Emergency Medicine website.

You can find delirium toolkits, patient leaflets, training resources and read more about Dementia United’s delirium programme here.