Dementia care in NHS Glasgow and Clyde is continuing to improve following the graduation of 18 members of staff from the national ‘Dementia Champions’ programme.
Members of NHSGGC nursing and education staff volunteered to take part in the specialised training and now join more than 400 ‘Dementia Champions’ currently working in health and social care settings all over Scotland.
Following this graduation there are now 58 Dementia Champions working within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde services. Next year another 20 members of staff will take part in the specialist training.
‘Dementia Champions’ help to improve the care, treatment and outcomes of dementia patients, their families and their carers – both in hospitals and in community settings. The Champions also share their specialist learning with colleagues to ensure that dementia patients receive the most appropriate, person-centred care.
The graduates join Sandra Shields, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultant, in supporting patients with dementia along with their families and carers.
Robert Calderwood, Chief Executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “I would like to congratulate our new ‘Dementia Champions’ on their successful graduation from this programme. Each one has shown a commitment to provide a person-centred care approach to patients with dementia. The knowledge gained from this programme will enhance the care which our staff provide to their patients.”
Approximately 88,000 people with dementia currently live in Scotland. As dementia mainly affects older people over the age of 65, this number is expected to rise in the future as people live longer.
The ‘Dementia Champions’ training helps to equip frontline staff with the knowledge of how best to manage their dementia patients and the environment in which patients are cared for.
The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland provide the programme which has been running since 2011. The programme supports the Standards of Care for Dementia in acute care
12 of NHS greater Glasgow and Clyde’s new ‘Dementia Champions’ attended the graduation ceremony to receive their certificates.
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