The first full report of the National Audit of Dementia has identified a need for significant improvements in hospital ward environments, staff training and the overall approach to care delivery for patients with dementia. Although the majority of wards meet basic safety requirements, the audit shows that many had not addressed simple measures that could lessen the distress caused to dementia patients by an unfamiliar and confusing hospital environment. The audit also reveals deficiencies in staff training. Less than a third of staff said that their training and development in dementia care was sufficient. The audit was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and carried out by the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Centre for Quality Improvement in partnership with other organisations. In response to the report, the British Geriatrics Society said it was supporting a research survey looking at current undergraduate medical education on dementia. It added that it was concerned that all health and social care professionals, including care home workers, should have an understanding of dementia and training in how best to interact with people living with dementia.