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Scotland's first mobile application to help support good practice in cognitive rehabilitation in dementia


Two new educational resources are set to benefit health and social care staff in Scotland and improve their practice in the care of people diagnosed with dementia. NHS Education for Scotland (NES) has developed ‘Cognitive Rehabilitation in Dementia: A Learning Resource for Staff’, to increase understanding of how cognitive rehabilitation may help people in the early stages of dementia. 

Each educational resource is intended to facilitate the development of core skills related to supporting and implementing cognitive rehabilitation interventions. A mobile application, available for iPhone and Android devices, complements the hard copy learning resource and twice-yearly workshops. 

The importance of implementing good practice in relation to supporting people with dementia to remain as independent as possible cannot be overstated. The use of cognitive rehabilitation strategies has been shown to assist people in the early stages of dementia and their families to manage the effects of the condition more effectively. There are also secondary gains in terms of reducing anxiety and improving mood; both can be influenced by the cognitive and functional changes the person with dementia is experiencing. 

‘Cognitive Rehabilitation in Dementia: A Learning Resource for Staff’, is aimed at staff working at the ‘Enhanced’ and/or ‘Expertise’ Practice level of ‘Promoting Excellence: A Framework for all Health and Social Services Staff working with People with Dementia, their Families and Carers’. By using these resources, staff will develop the skills required to support people in the early stages of dementia use cognitive rehabilitation strategies to meet their rehabilitation goals. The app, the first of its kind in Scotland, helps bring cognitive rehabilitation processes to the fore of clinicians’ minds when working with people in the early stages of dementia. 

Judy Thomson, Director of Training for Psychology Services, NES, said:

“Together, these new resources will support staff to improve their practice and create consistency in the cognitive rehabilitation process for people in the early stages of dementia.” 

It must be stressed that cognitive rehabilitation strategies should only be used with people in the early stages of dementia and a thorough assessment of their suitability must be completed. 


Reference: PR2017-016 

Further Information From

Claire Donaghey, Programme Lead, Psychology of Dementia, Psychology Directorate, NES, email: or

Mary-Jo O’Brien, Corporate Communications, NES, email: 

Note to Editors
Details of the learning resources and forthcoming workshops are available on our corporate website at the following link:


NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is a national special health board working to provide education, training and workforce development for those who work in and with NHSScotland. At any time, this means NES is responsible for over 6,500 trainee healthcare professionals and supports the recruitment of professionals into Scotland.