Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice

  • News

    • Feature Publication

      Brown, M., Tolson. S., Ritchie, L., Sharp, B., Syme, K., James, K., and Tolson, D. (2017) Being Home. Housing and Dementia in Scotland. Lanarkshire, University of the West Scotland. The full report and executive summary can be found here

    • Being Home

      Housing and Dementia in Scotland (2017) the first report of its kind in Scotland has now been published. The report is being launched at the Housing and Dementia Summit in Perth on 22 June 2017 where Margaret Brown lead author of the report will present the main findings and the recommendations for policy makers, housing sector organisations and health and social care partnerships.

    • Research into Employers Responses to Dementia in the workplace

      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

    • Alzheimer’s Society Dissemination Grant

      This grant will fund the development of six short guides on dementia in the workplace for People with dementia Family members Employers Colleagues who work closely with the person with dementia Health professionals Employment support specialists 2017-04-04

  • Recent News and Events

    • New Staff member
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      We are 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.
    • Professor Wilson Abreu
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      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 Jade.Birkin@uws.ac.uk.
    • Dr Louise Ritchie and Prof Debbie Tolson
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      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
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      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: http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.2497

      Caring for people with dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson's dementia in UK care homes: A mixed methods study.

       

    • Lifetime Achievement Award
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      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.
    • Award Winning Education
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      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.
    • Advanced dementia project
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      The Dementia Palliare European advanced dementia project held its final conference in Porto, to find out more click here.
    • Chair of Alzheimer Europe
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      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.
    • Community of Practice
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      Interested in interprofessional learning in advanced dementia? Join our virtual Dementia Palliare Community of Practice here
    • Engagement events
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      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).
    • Expert Appointments
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      Professor Debbie Tolson and Professor Graham Jackson have been appointed to the Expert Advisory Panel of Alzheimer Europe, 2015-2018.
    • Leading EU dementia project
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      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
    • Government Advisor
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      Professor Graham Jackson has been appointed Dementia Clinical Advisor to the Scottish Government. Read more.
    • UWS officially launches DVD to help carers of people with Dementia
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      University of the West of Scotland (UWS) officially launched a new DVD, which will provide invaluable support and advice for carers of the person with advanced dementia, on Tuesday 28 April 2015 at Avonbridge Hotel, Hamilton.

      The film, 'This worked for me’, which was funded by NHS Lanarkshire, was produced by a team led by carers of people with advanced dementia.

      The film, which was highly commended at the recent Mental Health Nursing Forum Scotland’s Practice Excellence Awards 2015, is mainly for family or friends of people with dementia but others who provide care will also find the film a valuable resource, including practitioners in health and social care, students, volunteers and supporters. The film celebrates the voices and wisdom of carers of the person with advanced dementia and shares their stories of care and offers ideas about what worked for them in their daily life.

      This film’s production team were supported by a group of practitioners and nursing students, from NHS Lanarkshire, University of the West of Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland.

      Dementia is a growing health concern with around 800,000 people living with the condition in the UK, and numbers projected to rise to over a million by 2021. UWS is committed to making an important, transformational contribution to its local communities and society in general and is widely known for its innovative work in the area of dementia.

      The University, which is set to become Scotland’s first Dementia Friendly University, has undertaken a range of projects to raise awareness and understanding of the condition. The University’s work in this area is hugely important as it is vital that as many people as possible are aware of the condition, the challenges people with dementia may face and the positive steps we can all take to make a difference to their lives.

      Margaret Brown, who is based in the University’s School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery and is a key member of the UWS Older Persons' Health and Wellbeing group, said: “We are delighted to have launched this DVD which will be a hugely important resource for carers of people with advanced dementia. At UWS we are committed to making a difference in the area of dementia and are delighted to have played an important role in the creation of this highly informative DVD.”
  • Recent publications:

    Achieving Prudent Dementia Care (Palliare): An international Policy and Practice Imperative.

    The extended palliative phase of dementia: an integrative literature review  

    Dementia Palliare Best Practice Statement  

    Not another care handbook By Professor Graham Jackson 

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  • 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

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

    Mission
    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 Policy and Practice has developed new inspirational professional development courses. This new summer suite of courses includes one day masterclasses for practitioners who wish to enhance their understanding and skills to support people living with dementia. The programme also includes Cultural Study Tours run in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland for international visitors. An exciting development is the creation of an International Dementia Champions programme, aimed at practitioners across the globe who have a role in leading better dementia care.  
     
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