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Mental Health and Learning Disabilities


Scotland's first National Dementia Strategy was launched in June 2010. To support the educational actions arising from the strategies, the Scottish Government (SG) commissioned NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to produce Promoting Excellence: A framework for all health and social services staff working with people with dementia, their families and carers which was launched alongside the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland in June 2011. In addition to this, a number of educational resources were produced which are freely available from our publications section.

The Dementia Champions Programme forms part of wider initiatives to support improvements in the care and treatment of people with dementia admitted to or at risk of admission to general hospital settings including the establishment of Alzheimer Scotland Nurse Consultants/Specialists in NHS Scotland Boards.

The aim of the programme is to support the development of champions as change agents in improving the experience, care, treatment and outcomes for people with dementia, their families and carers in general hospitals and at the interface between hospital and community settings.

The programme is being delivered on behalf of NES/SSSC by the University of the West of Scotland in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland. Four cohorts of Dementia Champions have now completed the programme and a fifth cohort is currently in training.

Dementia Managed Knowledge Network (MKN)

Visit this community website which supports knowledge sharing and provides links to a number of resources.

Promoting Excellence Website

A new website with a focus on the Promoting Excellence Framework and created to support staff develop their knowledge and skills.