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Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Dementia Champions Programme

Scotland's first National Dementia Strategy was launched in June 2010. To support the educational actions arising from the strategies, the Scottish Government (SG) commissioned NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to produce Promoting Excellence: A framework for all health and social services staff working with people with dementia, their families and carers which was launched alongside the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland in June 2011.

The Dementia Champions Programme forms part of wider initiatives to support improvements in the care and treatment of people with dementia admitted to or at risk of admission to general hospital settings including the establishment of Alzheimer Scotland Nurse Consultants/Specialists in NHS Scotland Boards.

The aim of the programme is to support the development of champions as change agents in improving the experience, care, treatment and outcomes for people with dementia, their families and carers in general hospitals and at the interface between hospital and community settings.

The programme is being delivered on behalf of NES/SSSC by the University of the West of Scotland in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland. Five cohorts of Dementia Champions have now completed the programme and a sixth cohort is currently in training.


DC NHS Forth Valley


A short film clip portraying the role of Dementia Champions across Health and Social Services can be viewed below.