Driving Improvements in Specialist Dementia Care

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) has launched its report, Driving Improvements in Specialist Dementia Care at a national celebratory conference and workshop in Clydebank.

The report highlights the achievements of 121 participants from three cohorts of the NES Dementia Specialist Improvement Lead (DSIL) programme between 2014 and 2020. Through case studies and personal reflections participants demonstrate how the programme has equipped them to drive and effect changes and improvements that support the transformation of specialist dementia care in Scotland.

Susanne Forrest, a member of the NES team behind the DSIL programme, said:

“The programme has shown the value of bringing people from various disciplines and sectors together to share learning and experiences and to grow from that. What we’re seeing from participants is tangible evidence of positive improvements in the lives of people with dementia, their families and carers.”

Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, added: 

“Alzheimer Scotland has been extremely privileged and proud to work in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and local NHS Boards to support the understanding, transformation and ongoing improvement of specialist dementia care in hospitals throughout Scotland.  The levels of engagement and commitment from all those who have taken part in the Dementia Specialist Improvement Lead programme over the past several years has been truly remarkable.

“At a time when our Health and Social Care system is under such significant pressures, with multiple demands, I continue to be inspired by all those highly-skilled individuals who are making such positive changes in the critical practice areas where they operate, to help improve the experiences of people with dementia and their families.”

You can read the report by clicking here.