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Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Promoting excellence in supporting people through a diagnosis of dementia

This learning resource has been developed to help health and social services staff further develop their ability to support people with dementia and their families before, during and after receiving a diagnosis of dementia. It forms part of a broader range of learning resources produced by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to support implementation of the ‘Promoting Excellence’ framework (Scottish Government, 2011a) and the ‘Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland’ (Scottish Government, 2011b).

The knowledge and skills described in the resource reflect the ‘Enhanced’ level on the ‘Promoting Excellence’ framework (Scottish Government, 2011a) at the ‘Keeping well, prevention, and finding out it’s dementia’ and ‘Living well with dementia’ stages of the dementia journey. We presume that most people using the resource will already be experienced in dementia care and support and have the knowledge and skills set out at the previous levels of the ‘Promoting Excellence’ framework.

The resource has four modules which should be worked through in sequence and includes links to further learning for people who choose to explore issues in greater depth. The resource can be used for individual learning, learning as a group or team, in a facilitated learning event, or in a mixture of all of these approaches.


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