Important Study on Employer's Responses to Dementia will be Released Tomorrow


Dr Louise Ritchie

Dr Louise Ritchie and Professor Debbie Tolson based at our Hamilton Campus have played an important role in a dementia study which is launched next week. The Carnegie Trust funded study, Employer Responses to Dementia in the Workplace in Scotland, was a collaboration between UWS, Heriot Watt University and Edinburgh Napier.

The research report will be officially launched at an event at Edinburgh Napier tomorrow (Tuesday 20th March 2018).

It is estimated that approximately 90,000 people across Scotland have dementia. Dementia is most common in people over 65 years but can affect working age people. Under the law, employers have to ensure that their employees have equal opportunities regardless of age and disability.

The aim of the research was to explore how employers in Scotland support their employees with dementia through examining employers’ policies, practices and understanding of their legal duties.

Dr Louise Ritchie who has published previously on this topic said

“This project was a valuable follow-up from our previous research on Dementia in the Workplace. Understanding the current policy and practice of employers in relation to dementia is vital in order to design and implement appropriate interventions to support people affected by dementia in the workplace in the future.”

Professor Tolson, who is Director of Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice (ASCPP) and Assistant Dean (Research and Enterprise) of the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, said

“This was an important project which brought together interdisciplinary researchers from different Scottish universities to work together to achieve high quality, impactful research.”