A grant of nearly £13,000 has been given to Princess Alice Hospice for dementia training.

The Esher hospice was awarded £12,800 from Surrey Dementia Training Consortium as part of a pot of cash to fund training programmes for those delivering care to people with mental health issues and dementia.

The grant will be used to create a course that will provide skills and knowledge to care home managers, so they ensure their home delivers high quality care for people with advanced dementia in a way that respects their dignity and own rights.

The course at Princess Alice Hospice will be given through the e-learning platform and partially through lectures and workshops.

It aims to give care home owners the tools needed to ensure staff are trained and able to care for people with dementia, understand their needs and ensure the environment is appropriate.

Jane Berg, head of education at Princess Alice Hospice, said: “We hope that this course will make a real difference to the quality of care that residents will receive.

“At Princess Alice Hospice we are committed to education and research to improve end of life care for everyone who needs it.”

Princess Alice Hospice hopes to train 30 care home managers from at least 20 care homes across Surrey.

To find out more about the project, email education@pah.org.uk.