Staff working at Crowborough Hospital will be receiving specialist training in dementia care.
Following an award of £20,155 by Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex nearly 1,200 staff who work at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.
The Foundation Level Dementia Awareness training will be made available to both clinical staff and support staff who come into contact with patients, for example, porters, ward clerks and housekeepers.
Topics covered by the training will include recognising and understanding dementia, interacting with those with dementia and being able to signpost patients affected by dementia to appropriate support.
Elaine Lindfield, Dementia Care Pathway Lead for the Trust, said:
The prevalence of dementia is increasing and therefore, the number of people displaying symptoms or with a diagnosis of dementia who require the services and care of our acute hospitals, community support and rehabilitation is set to rise significantly.
This funding will enable us to further develop the understanding, knowledge and skills of many more staff across the Trust, and also inform them of practical and fundamental ways that they can support people with dementia, their carers and families.