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Cognitive identifiers

Patient information A-Z

The aim of this leaflet

To provide patients and carers with information on what are cognitive identifiers and why they are used within the Trust.

What is a cognitive identifier?

A cognitive identifier is a visual alert to enable staff to recognise people with cognitive problems and give the extra care they need within an acute hospital.

These include:

Picture of visual cognitive identifiers (symbols)
Picture of a yellow flower symbol

They will be offered when:

  • There is an established diagnosis of dementia
  • Been identified as having cognitive difficulties such as confusion
  • An identified delirium

With our cognitive identifiers alerts, we aim to increase staff awareness of people with cognitive impairments and any special needs they may have, thus in doing so, improve the patient’s journey during their stay.

We value both family and carer information, and we would ask if you can help complete the ‘What’s important to me’ poster to provide insight of the patient’s likes and dislikes, who is important to them, what they like doing, as well as what keeps them calm.

There is a guidance sheet to help complete. Please ask a member of staff.

We will only ever use these alerts with permission or in the patient’s best interest.

Please discuss any concerns with the nurse in charge first. For further queries contact the dementia specialist nurse on 01223 768005.

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Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the hospital campus. For advice and support in quitting, contact your GP or the free NHS stop smoking helpline on 0800 169 0 169.

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Help accessing this information in other formats is available. To find out more about the services we provide, please visit our patient information help page (see link below) or telephone 01223 256998.

Contact us

Cambridge University Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust
Hills Road, Cambridge

Telephone +44 (0)1223 245151