Scotland's national dementia champions programme: six years on

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The University of the West of Scotland has delivered Scotland’s National Dementia Champions programme since 2011. The programme, funded by the Scottish Government is run in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland (NES)/ Scottish Social Services Council and Alzheimer Scotland.

It is understood that the care of people with dementia in general hospitals has fallen well below expectations and Scotland has made the improvement of general hospital care its priority since 2010 (Scottish Government, 2010). Until the last 5-10 years, many health and social care staff professional education lacked theoretical input about the care of people with dementia. Effective education of the dementia workforce is essential to prepare the workforce for current and future changes in both demographics and changing service provision. There continues to be a challenge for educationalists to design and deliver programmes with proven educational impact from the range of strategies now on offer throughout the UK.
The aim of Scotland’s National Dementia Champions programme is to support the development of champions as change agents in improving the experience, care, treatment and outcomes for people with dementia, their families and carers in general hospitals and at the interface between hospital and community settings. The presentation will also outline how the research team and the wider research community encountered challenges when attempting to assert changes staff attitudes and improvements in quality of care can be attributed to an educational programme.

Participants in this session will gain a deeper understanding of the lesson learned from planning and designing multi-professional educational programmes. Participants also will have the opportunity to hear about and discuss some of the key educational components of the programme which Dementia Champions report to be of the strongest impact. Finally, the presenter will discuss the challenges encountered when researching and evaluating educational effectiveness and impact.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2017
EventUK Dementia Congress 2017: Caring Times - Doncaster Racecourse, Doncaster, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Nov 20179 Nov 2017


ConferenceUK Dementia Congress 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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