Celebrating the National #dementiachampions and #CelebratingDSILs

Yesterday at the BTMurrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh,
98 Dementia Champions and 45 Dementia Specialist Improvement Leads graduated from specialist dementia training programmes aimed at improving the care and support for people living with dementia in Scottish hospitals

This is a great achievement and and great example of partnership working between NHS Education for Scotland Scottish Social Services Council Alzheimer Scotland and the University of the West of Scotland

In the last ten years 1,048 people working in acute general and community hospitals and health and social services have completed the Dementia Champions programme, which has been delivered by staff based within our School. It has prepared them to:

  • lead front line improvements in dementia care
  • sustain change in their area
  • cascade information and education about dementia to other staff 

The DSIL programme has trained 121 participants since 2014. It supports the implementation of the Promoting Excellence Education Framework and the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland. Part of this programme is also taught and delivered by staff in our school, particularly the staff from the Alzheimer Centre for Policy and Practice

Clare Haughey, MSP and Minister for Mental Health, Scottish Government said:

“Congratulations to all the dementia champions and improvement leads who graduated today. All the participants have shown great skill and commitment – and play a vital role in continuing to improve the quality of care for people with dementia across all health and Social Care settings.”

To find out more about the work of the National Champions and DISLs click