Alzheimer Scotland launched its report, Connecting People, Connecting Support in Action; An impact report on transforming the Allied Health Professionals’ (AHPs) contribution to supporting people living with dementia in Scotland, in partnership with The Scottish Government, at a celebratory launch event at University West of Scotland, Hamilton Campus, Hamilton International Technology Park, this week.
The report which includes a supportive foreword from Jeane Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Scottish Government, highlights the achievements of Connecting People, Connecting Support (CPCS), a national framework for the transformation of the contribution of AHPs in supporting the needs of people living with dementia and those who support them. First published in 2017, the framework has proven to improve access to AHPs for people living with dementia regardless of age, place of residence, and throughout the illness.
The impact report charts the vision, principles, ambitions and actions of the Connecting People, Connecting Support (CPCS) national framework over the first 24 months since launch and the progress that has been made by AHPs.
Henry Simmons, Chief Executive from Alzheimer Scotland, said: “I am extremely proud of the work being achieved by the Allied Health Professional workforce in transforming support for people living with dementia and their families.
“When we set out on this work, our aim was to help people with dementia and those who support them to learn about the skills, strengths and expertise that exist within the AHP community in Scotland. We wanted to help people understand the value and potential support an AHP could offer to each person at all stages of living with dementia. We also wanted to help the broad AHP community to embrace the issues facing people with dementia, and those who support them and demonstrate to them how many of their skills and values could and should be used to support people from the point of diagnosis through to the advanced stages of the illness.
“I truly believe we have made great progress towards this aim, and the value of individually tailored, person-centred Allied Health Professional practice in improving the experience and lives of people living with dementia and those who support them is unquestionable.“
To read Connecting People, Connecting Support in Action; An impact report on transforming the Allied Health Professionals’ (AHPs) contribution to supporting people living with dementia in Scotland, click here.