Investing in dementia training
2 Jun 2014 04:08 PM
Support for ‘world-leading’ diagnosis
“world-leading” approach to dementia care is being supported by an
additional £500,000 investment in education and training for front-line
The number of Dementia Champions working in Scotland’s hospitals and
social care settings will rise to over 600 thanks to £120,000 over the
next two years.
A further £360,000 has been pledged for Alzheimer Scotland's
Specialist Dementia Nurses over the next three years. This is in addition to
£1.2 million joint investment for Alzheimer’s Scotland nurses over
the last three years.
This commitment to improve the dementia work-force supports Scotland’s
strong performance on diagnosis compared to other areas of the UK; our
post-diagnostic support for people newly diagnosed which is recognised as
world-leading; and our national action plan to improve hospital care.
Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson said:
“We know timely diagnosis and post-diagnostic support for dementia is
vital, and I’m proud that Scotland is leading the way on this.
“However, it is equally important that everyone in Scotland with dementia
receives safe, effective care at all stages of the illness and in all care
settings – at home, in hospital and in residential care. We want to
support more people to live well in their own homes for longer and we are
working with services across Scotland to support this aim.
“Dementia Champions and Specialist Dementia Nurses have a vital role to
play in transforming the way we treat dementia, enabling more people to have
supported self-management at home for longer. We are also working towards less
hospital admissions and later admissions into long-term care.
“We are committed to transforming dementia services with a range of other
activity in our current Dementia Strategy. I am confident that, with the
continued support, professionalism and hard work of all those involved, we will
continue to improve care and provide better support for people in our
communities living with dementia.”
Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, said:
“We are delighted by this substantial and significant further investment
in both the Dementia Champions and the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurses. The
work of the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurses and the Dementia Champions has
made an extremely important contribution to improving the experiences of people
with dementia and their carers in our hospitals.
“Scotland is leading the way in developing innovative educational
frameworks and improvement methodologies. This is evidenced by the improved
diagnosis rates in Scotland compared to the test of the UK.
“It is also underpinned by the commitment to the one year Post Diagnostic
Support guarantee and the 10-point plan of key actions for hospitals. These are
two area of focus that are vital to our members and to everyone living with
dementia in Scotland. The investment and dedicated focus in these two areas is
dementia diagnosis rates were approximately 20 per cent higher than those in
England and Wales, figures from 2012-2013 found.
The £1.2 million investment for training of Alzheimer’s Scotland
nurses in 2011 was provided by Alzheimer’s Scotland and the Scottish
Scotland's national post-diagnostic guarantee for everyone newly diagnosed
has been described by Alzheimer Scotland as “world-leading”. It
guarantees a minimum of a year's worth of dedicated post-diagnostic support
provided by an appropriately skilled and trained Link Worker.
Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Nurses are driving change and improvement
across their NHS Board areas. They will work with Dementia Champions to lead
front-line improvements in dementia care and ensure dementia-related
information and education is provided for other staff.
To date, the Dementia Champions programme has prepared more than 400 staff from
a range of disciplines in acute care hospitals and associated social services
front-line improvements in dementia care
change in their area
information and education about dementia to other staff
Dementia Nurses have been appointed in every NHS Board in Scotland. These
- lead the
creation and development of an organisational dementia services steering group
comprising representatives of senior staff in positions to lead and support
change, and relevant external partners
- act as a
source of expertise to staff supporting and caring for people with dementia in
acute hospital care who are not in contact with psychiatric services; work with
key senior staff in Accident and Emergency Departments to raise understanding
of dementia and provide dementia-specific clinical expertise
Dementia Champions and raise dementia knowledge and skills for
multidisciplinary teams in acute hospitals