The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has initiated a project, sponsored by the Improvement Network and led by the RCN’s Older People’s Forum, recruiting delirium champions from across the healthcare service to raise awareness of the condition. 

Dawn Garrett, RCN Professional Lead for Older People and Dementia, said, “Delirium is a very common condition, particularly among older patients and those with dementia.”

Delirium can cause a sudden state of confusion, resulting in disorientation and difficulty paying attention or making decisions. By detecting the condition early, nurses can prevent patients from falling, becoming more unwell, or even dying.

Nursing staff acting as delirium champions will be provided with bespoke materials and a short animated film to educate other staff to identify symptoms and efficiently escalate the situation.

Nurses can sign up to become a delirium champion here.