Margaret Brown and Anna Waugh of the of the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at UWS have made a key contribution to a position paper by The Higher Education Dementia Network (HEDN) which has called for dementia education for all health and social care professionals.
There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this number is predicted to rise to 1 million by 2025. Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community, around one third in a care home, and approximately one quarter of acute hospital beds are occupied by people with dementia. Therefore care of people with dementia is relevant to the entire health, social care and housing system.
Margaret Brown said:
“I have been impressed by the commitment of this team who are passionate to make dementia education front and centre of ensuring good quality care for the person living with dementia and their families”
Professor Claire Surr, of Leeds Beckett University, said:
“Professional bodies have a clear role to play in ensuring the health, social care and housing workforce are meeting the needs of those affected by dementia. We would like to see national knowledge and skills frameworks established as a required and monitored sector minimum standard. We recommend that application of the Frameworks become a requirement for (re)validation of health, social care and housing pre-qualifying education.”
A second position paper will be published in early 2018 on best practice methods for embedding dementia education within the curriculum, aimed both at the professional regulatory bodies and Higher Education Institutions.
To see their position paper click here