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Psychology and psychological interventions in Dementia

The Scottish Government developed and published three national dementia Strategies (2010, 2013, 2017). Key commitments were stipulated within these strategies for health and social care, the public, third and independent sectors to help improve their services when providing care and support for people living with dementia.

A set of Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland along with the Promoting Excellence; A framework for all health and social services staff working with people with dementia, their families and carers were published to support the implementation of these commitments into practice. Taken together, these key policy documents outline the care and treatment which can be expected by people living with dementia, their families and carers when they come into contact with services.

Promoting excellent framework 

NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council jointly developed the Promoting excellence: A framework for all health and social services staff working with people with dementia [PDF], their families and carers. This framework outlines the knowledge and skills required of all staff who come into contact with people living with dementia, their families and carers within their role. This framework includes the knowledge and skills required to provide evidence-based psychological approaches and interventions to this patient population. Thereby, increasing and improving access to evidence-based psychological interventions and therapies for people living with dementia, their families and carers, including Stress and Distress in Dementia.

NES, including the Psychology of dementia workstream, developed several high-quality resources and training initiatives to help health and social care, the public, third and independent sectors achieve the commitments set out in the Dementia Strategy. The Promoting Excellence Framework is used as a guide for the level of staff skill and knowledge required when working with a person living with dementia.

ACE-III Trainer

An online training programme designed to help staff administer the Addenbrookes Cognitive Examination - Third Edition (ACE-III).

It provides NHS staff with knowledge, practical examples and exercises in using the ACE-III, giving NHS staff the opportunity to become familiar with administering the ACE-III prior to clinical experience.

This training tool is aimed at professionals working at the enhanced and expertise level, as outlined within the promoting excellence framework [PDF].

Logging on

Acces the ACE-III online training programme.

Registering

Register for the ACE-III online training programme.

You will be asked to supply your work email address and serves as your login. You will also be asked to state the Health Board in which you work when you register. This will assist NES and the University of Glasgow to ensure all appropriate services and staff groups are able to access the trainer. Your individual user log-in enables you to access the trainer from any computer and continue from where you left off.

The details gathered from the registration process will not be used to identify you individually and any data used to report on use of the trainer will be anonymised.

Undertaking the course

As you progress through the course, each section contains descriptions, advice and examples that build on previous sections. The course culminates in practice exercises based on online videos where you score ACE-III examples to test your acquired knowledge. You can also return to any section of the course at any time using the navigation menu, so you can review or revise any aspect of the programme. There is no time limit in accessing the course once you register.

Completing the course

Once all the exercises have been completed, a certificate of completion is made available. You can return to the course at any time to review the material or your exercise results. Four weeks after completion of the programme, more exercises become available for further practice. A final certificate will be provided on completion of the ACE-III Trainer.

Contact us

For more information, please contact: psychology@nes.scot.nhs.uk

 


Last updated: 27/09/2020

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