There are approximately 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland.

The experience of the illness is subjective and unique to each individual. Effectively tackling the symptoms of dementia requires a coordinated range of health and social care interventions.

Connecting People, Connecting Support

Here we present the work that has been undertaken, including resources and the evidence-base for the contribution of AHPs:

AHP Evidence for Action

AHP Poster Presentation

At the ALzheimer Europe conference 2017 in Berlin, Elaine Hunter presented the Connecting People, Connecting Support work. 

The poster can be view by clicking this link


with people with dementia and their families

1. Let’s Talk About Dementia - June 2014

The Let's Talk About Dementia blog, hosted and supported by Alzheimer Scotland, and led by AHP colleagues was set up following Scotland’s Dementia Awareness Week (June 2014).
The blog shares the work and practice of AHPs in relation to dementia care. It will offer advice for people living with dementia, their carers, partners and families, as well as for health and social care professionals.

Let's Talk About Dementia Blog -
Scottish Dementia Working Group: What’s important to me.

As part of this, AHP Blog card to advertise the blog and the thoughts and contributions of the group were recorded.

2. Connecting people through conversation and inquiry - August 2015

To help inform the Commitment 4 work, us do this we invited people living with dementia and their families to share their thoughts with AHPs to inform the future work of AHPs in Scotland’s dementia care.

 Connecting People Through Conversations

3. Dementia Awareness Week - June 2015

4. This is me/What's important to me - October 2015

As part of this work, in October 2015, a vlog called “This is Me” by Henry Rankin, Chair of the Scottish Dementia Working Group, was published. Further details are available here


with health and social care staff

5. Alzheimer Scotland AHP Dementia expert group- linked to the community of practice - 2013 (ongoing):

6. National Engagement - Events and Films

The films can be found here

  1. Supporting people with dementia: A Supported self-management master class with Dr Claire Craig 15 March 2011.
  2. Actions on Dementia : Dr Laura Gitlin’s keynote address on nonpharmacological interventions 31 July 2012.
  3. Communicating and Making Connections in Dementia for over 200 occupational therapy students 8 October 2013.
  4. Working with people living with dementia Contribution of occupational therapy  14 May 2014.
  5. Connecting people, connecting support A one day conversation celebrating the best in Supported Self-Management for people with dementia and co-creating the future direction 22 September 2014.
  6. Connecting people, connecting support Home Based Memory Rehabilitation 12 May 2016.

7. Three national AHP publications developed 2014 

These publications highlight work carried out by AHPs in delivering improvement for people living with dementia and those who care for them, in different settings and environments.

In addition, a shorter AHP Leaflet was also published.

8. Higher education institutions & AHP Professional Bodies

  • Alzheimer Scotland and Queen Margaret University, with the involvement of SDWG and NDCAN, have developed an AHP MSc. module: “Developing Rights-Based Practice for AHP’s working with People Living with Dementia, their Families and Carers” beginning on 27 September 2016.
  • Information on the course content can be found in the MSc AHP Module leaflet..

For more information, please contact Elaine Hunter, National AHP Consultant.

Information on the Alzheimer Scotland AHP practice placement and intern programme can be found in our Building Bridges document. A summary of the programme can be found in this poster presentation

Evidence from research and evaluations

9. Evaluation of AHP Dementia Consultants

An executive summary of this report can be found here.

10. Scoping of AHP contribution to post diagnostic support 2015

11. Stocktake on the accredited Tailored Activity Programme (TAP) 2015

12. Two systematic reviews

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