Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice

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    The Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice is pleased to announce that Anna Waugh is joining the Centre as Lecturer in Dementia. Anna brings a wealth of experience in dementia education and working collaboratively with people with dementia and their carers to advanced dementia practice, education and policy.

    The Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice is pleased to announce that Professor Wilson Abreu from Porto School of Nursing, Portugal will present ‘Palliative care needs in people with advanced dementia and psychological distress in the caregivers. A cross sectional study in Porto, Portugal’. This special interest seminar will be held on Wednesday 8th February 1330-1430 C1.7, Caird Building, Hamilton Campus. Please confirm attendance with

    Dr Louise Ritchie and Prof Debbie Tolson are part of a multidisciplinary team from three Scottish Universities awarded a Carnegie Collaborative Research Grant. The research, led by Napier University will investigate Employers’ Responses to Dementia in the Workplace in Scotland. The project began in September 2016 and will run until February 2018.              

    Feature Project

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    The Grace Notes project brought together students, people with dementia and their carers to create six brand new songs exploring the themes of dementia.  The 18 students from adult and mental health nursing, Masters Song writing and Commercial Music came together with people with dementia.   Through workshops, participants were encouraged to explore communication through song and sound. The students pooled their expertise and creative skills to capture stories of individuals whose voice may become lost to others and to turn these stories into songs. The result was six new songs inspired by the real life experiences shared during the workshops.

    To hear the six Grace Notes songs created click here.

    A conversation between Janice Forsyth and Jim Prime of Deacon Blue about the Grace Notes project can be accessed on the BBC Radio Scotland iplayer. Click here.

    For more on the project click here

    The project was awarded the overall winner in the Mental Health Nursing Forum Scotland Awards. Click here for more

    Feature publication

    Tolson, D., Fleming, A., Hanson, E., Abreu, W., Lillo Crespo, M., MacRae, R., Jackson, G.,  Hvalič Touzery, S.,  Routasalo, P and Holmerová, I. (2016) Achieving Prudent Dementia Care (Palliare): An international Policy and Practice Imperative. International Journal of Integrated Care. 16 (4) DOI:

    Margaret Brown was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2016 for her outstanding contribution to and influence on dementia in Scotland Margaret is now leading on two CPD courses, to book click here

    Class in a Bag team winners of Best Educational Initiative at Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2016 The team are now offering CPD based on this award winning education, to book click here

    The Dementia Palliare European advanced dementia project held its final conference in Porto, to find out more click here.

    Visiting Professor Iva Holmerova is now the chairperson of the Alzheimer Europe Board. Professor Holmerova is also the Chair of the Czech Alzheimer Society which she co-founded in 1997. 

    Interested in interprofessional learning in advanced dementia? Join our virtual Dementia Palliare Community of Practice here 

    The Centre hosted two days of successful community engagement events funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Videos from Day 1 'Employment and Dementia' can be viewed here (then click link to dementia and employment at left of page).

    Professor Debbie Tolson and Professor Graham Jackson have been appointed to the Expert Advisory Panel of Alzheimer Europe, 2015-2018.

    Professor Debbie Tolson is leading the EU Erasmus+ 'Palliare' project. This collaborative programme across seven countries will develop experiential learning in advanced dementia for the qualified dementia workforce in Europe. Palliare

    Professor Graham Jackson has been appointed Dementia Clinical Advisor to the Scottish Government. Read more.

    Recent publications:

    The extended palliative phase of dementia: an integrative literature review  

    Dementia Palliare Best Practice Statement  

    Not another care handbook By Professor Graham Jackson 

    MSC Later Life Studies flyer


  • Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice

    Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice is a partnership with the University of the West of Scotland and provides a high quality environment for applied research, education and social enterprise. Find out more about our staff, eventscentre affiliates and research and projects

    To be a centre of excellence advancing dementia policy and practice through education, applied research and social enterprise.

    To work collaboratively with people with dementia and carers, the scientific and practice communities to advance evidence informed dementia policy and practice.

    What we do
    Our work focuses on three key activities: 

    - Applied research for policy and practice 
    - Education to promote evidence informed practice
    - Policy influencing and implementation

    Work with us  

    Dementia Champions in Scotland – find out about how we are supporting the development of Dementia Champions as change agents across Scotland.
    Practice Collaborative - an opportunity to work in partnership with the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice.

    Education and Training

    The Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Healthcare Policy and Practice are committed to the rights of people with dementia to be fully involved in all aspects which impact upon their lives.
    All our courses are aligned to the Promoting Excellence Framework.
    We can work in partnership with you to design educational programmes that meet your workforce development needs. For more information contact
    We can design and deliver bespoke courses, on or off campus, nationally or internationally.
    We have a state of the art simulated learning environment at the Lanarkshire campus to engage participants to develop a deeper understanding of the person living with dementia, their family and caregivers.
    We believe that our interactive experiential approach provides a more impactful learning experience for participants
    For more on our open programme of courses please go to the page
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