Taking the role of the other: hoe Scotland's National Dementia Champions experienced their programme

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It is known that the experience of people with dementia utilising general hospital services has fallen well below the expectations of people with dementia and their families and friends. Scotland’s National Dementia Champions programme was developed as part of Scotlands National Dementia Strategies to develop change agents in general hospitals and related services. Many Dementia Champions expressed the view that the Dementia Champions programme had made a significant personal and professional impact on them and how they relate to and work with to people with dementia. This study used a theory-methods package of Symbolic Interactionism and Constructivist Grounded Theory to construct a Grounded Theory of their learning experiences.
This study, undertaken as part of a Professional Doctorate programme, sought to explore the experience of the Dementia Champions to develop a theory based on their experiences in their context. A narrative, theoretical model of the history, experience and consequences of participating in the Dementia Champions programme is nearing completion and will be presented. This presentation is the final stage of data collection where the developed theory will be presented. As part of the research process, the audience will have the opportunity to contribute on issues such as;
•If and how the theory resonates with their experience or understanding.
•If and how the audience feels the theory provides an original and credible perspective for them.
•Whether the audience finds the theory useful to their situation and or perspective.

Information sheets and consent forms will be provided at on the day of the event.

All at the event are welcome. Dementia Champions, people with dementia and people interested in the education of the dementia workforce are particularly welcome.
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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2017
EventScotlands National Dementia Champions Graduation and Conference - Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Mar 2017 → …


ConferenceScotlands National Dementia Champions Graduation and Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period15/03/17 → …


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