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A skilled and sustainable workforce for a healthier Scotland

Psychology and psychological interventions in Dementia

We provide educational resources and training for staff working at the Informed, Skilled, Enhanced and Expertise Practice Levels as outlined in:

Promoting Excellence: A framework for all health and social services staff working with people with dementia [PDF].

This framework was developed by NES and the Scottish Social Services Council to outline the knowledge and skills required of all staff who come into contact with people living with dementia, their families and carers, within their role.

Psychological Interventions in Dementia

The Psychology of Dementia team has the overarching aim of developing high quality educational resources that focus on equipping the workforce to provide the best care possible for people living with dementia, their families, and caregivers.

We are funded by the Scottish Government to develop core educational resources and training programmes, but also to develop the leaders and the infrastructure needed to support and sustain the implementation of evidence-based practice. We work with colleagues across sectors to provide education and training to staff working across health and social care settings.

Our programme is aligned with the Promoting Excellence Framework. NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) produced this framework to set out the knowledge and skills required by all staff working in Scotland who come into contact with people living with dementia, their families, and carers. Each of our training programmes and educational resources are designed to meet the requirements of the four practice levels outlined in Promoting Excellence.

You can access the framework here:

Supporting documents - Dementia - health and social services staff: framework - Promoting Excellence 2021 - (

The programme we offer includes a range of face-to-face training opportunities, masterclasses, webinars, and coaching workshops. Some of these are delivered nationally by the NES Psychology and Psychological Interventions in Dementia team, while others are delivered by a network of professionals who have significant experience and expertise in the field of dementia care.

You can access our free educational resources and information about our training programmes at Once for NES : Dementia | Turas | Learn (

If you are not sure which practice level is relevant for your role, you can take a short quiz to find out which educational resources and training programmes will be most relevant for you in your current job role.

Last updated: 27/09/2020

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