#AlzscotCPP Lecturer’s Canadian Visit

Dr Rhoda Macrae, a Lecturer in Dementia working with the Alzheimers Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice and is a co-applicant on a Canadian Institute of Health Research Grant, the purpose of which is to design education for the healthcare workforce to support family caregivers of seniors in care.

The grant has four principal applicants from Covenant Health (a large health care provider), the University of Calgary and two  are based within the University of Alberta

Other co-applicants include McMaster University in Ontario, MacEwan University in Edmonton and two Universities outwith Canada, Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam and the University of the West of Scotland.

As part of the work related to the grant, Rhoda spent a week in Edmonton, Alberta working with healthcare providers, family caregivers, academics, healthcare policymakers, educators and health care managers. She also gave a seminar to colleagues at the Department of Public Health at the University of Alberta and met with Professor Wendy Duggleby, Associate Dean of Research, Nursing Research Chair in Aging and Quality of Life, Faculty of Nursing about opportunities to collaborate further in future.

Covenant Health, a large healthcare provider who lead the grant arranged for Rhoda to talk to over 30 stakeholders involved in the Alberta Dementia Strategy at an informal dinner.  The talk was well received and Rhoda took questions for an hour before having one to one conversations with individuals keen to hear more about the dementia policy and practice landscape in Scotland.

The next two days were spent working on the grant outputs, to validate their educational content and explore training formats. Rhoda was privileged to be one of four plenary speakers who presented on the theory of learning transfer using Scotland’s National Dementia Champions programme, who are all taught by staff within our School as an illustration of applying theory in practice.

As always Canadian hospitality was amazing and generous and we will have the opportunity to return this hospitality when the grant lead Jasneet Parmar, MBBS, MCFP(CAC) spends time with in May. Rhoda will also be hosting another Canadian colleague, Associate Professor Shelley Peacock, Faculty of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan in May. Shelley and Rhoda are working together on their second funded grant and have a joint application currently sitting with the Canadian Institute of Health Research to adapt Scotland’s Dementia Champions Programme for use within Canada.