Congratulations to all the Cohort 8 NES/SSSC Dementia Champions and Dementia Specialist Improvement Leads (DSIL’s) who received their awards yesterday at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. The keynote speaker and guest for the morning was again Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Mental Health with the Scottish Government who underlined the importance of both of these programmes to the achievement and delivery of Scotland’s 3rd. National Strategy for Dementia.
The Dementia Champions programme which is delivered by the School of Health Nursing and Midwifery at UWS and Alzheimer Scotland, supports the development of Dementia Champions as change agents in improving the experience, care, treatment and outcomes for people living with dementia, and their families and carers in acute general and community hospitals, and more widely within growing numbers of community care settings. UWS have been involved now in the education and development of 857 NES/SSSC National Dementia Champions since the start of the initiative.
Yesterday’s awards included the first member of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to be recognised as a Champion. Well done to George Bagley (Watch Manager, Prevention and Protection).
The DSIL’s programme is an 18-month programme intended to build local training and leadership capacity and capability to support workforce development in mental health continuing care services. The course is a part of the Scottish Governments work towards the achievement of Commitment 11 of the 2nd National Dementia Strategy). There have been two cohorts of 30 mental health nursing participants since the programme began. UWS School of Health and Nursing have been hugely involved in delivering this successful initiative since its outset. If you want to find out more you can listen to one of yeaterdays completing students, Gillian Grubb talking about her involvement.