As part of Scotland’s Dementia Awareness Week the Royal College of Nursing Scotland is hosting a Debate ‘My Right to Nursing’: Dementia as a Health and Social Care Issue on Thursday 6th June at 6pm in the Tollbooth, Stirling (https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/events/rcn-public-debate-2019).
UWS Professor Debbie Tolson, who is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, will be part of a panel debating the current landscape, challenges and future possibilities. As a prelude to this important debate, Debbie’s Blog (https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/blogs/debbie-tolson-dementia-30-may-2019) highlights the importance of valuing and recognizing that people with dementia have a right to expect expert healthcare and this includes access to expert nurses.
The role of higher education, in preparing nurses with enhanced dementia knowledge and practical skills, is explored with reference to the UWS-led workforce development Dementia Champions programme. Drawing on the recent Dementia Care Commission report (www.alzscot.org/assets/0003/2746/McLeish_Report_updated_24.01.19_Web.pdf), which cites UWS research and the new Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill. Debbie will argue that, as a society, we need to ask how much we value access to expert nursing and what we are prepared to do to ensure that all dementia care is safe and fair.