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Scottish Ambulance Service Dementia Learning Resource Launched


Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) clinicians are set to benefit from a new resource on dementia which has been designed and developed by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and SAS itself.

It is essential that ambulance clinicians are able to recognise when a person may have dementia, and are confident of their ability to provide appropriate support, care and treatment.

3,800 copies of this learning resource will be distributed throughout Scotland.

The bespoke resource will help ambulance clinicians to give informed, high quality and person-centred support to people with dementia, their families and carers.

Ambulance clinicians will frequently come into contact with people with dementia, their families and carers as well as people with early signs of dementia who have not had a diagnosis.   While recognising the often immediate and time limited nature of their contact, this will have an influence on the impact of the whole care experience for the person with dementia, their families and carers.

Pauline Howie, Chief Executive, SAS, said: 

“This new learning resource is an invaluable clinical support tool that will be issued to every one of our frontline emergency staff, as well as our Patient Transport Service teams. People with dementia often face many complex challenges and issues and this initiative, which is enhanced by a number of specially trained ‘Dementia Champions’ within the Service, will help our teams to provide the most appropriate care and treatment for people with dementia and their families and carers.”

Malcolm Wright, NES Chief Executive added:  

“We are delighted to have developed this important resource in partnership with the Scottish Ambulance service.  NES is committed to providing educational resources and training opportunities for the entire health workforce to support rights-based, and person-centred approaches to the care, support and treatment of people with dementia and their families and carers.  This new, targeted resource is a valuable addition to our suite of resources developed as a part of the ‘Promoting Excellence’ work force development programme.”

The learning resource focuses on understanding dementia, effective communication, and providing positive person-centred support.  It can be used for individual learning, learning as a group or team, in a facilitated learning event, or in a mixture of all of these approaches. As well as providing key learning, activities and scenarios are used throughout the learning resource to help encourage exploration and reflection about real practice issues.

A PDF of the front cover of the resource is attached.

Reference:  Ref:  PR2014-017

Further Information From:  Christine Patch, Head of Corporate Communications, NHS Education for Scotland:, 0131 656 3206

Note to Editors
NES is NHSScotland's national education and training Board. We are responsible for supporting NHS services to the people of Scotland through the development and delivery of education and training for all those who work in NHSScotland. We work closely with a range of partners to deliver our vision of Quality Education for a Healthier Scotland