Purpose of Decision, Policy or Practice:
The pledge focuses on Scotland’s emergency services, Alzheimer Scotland, and the University of the West of Scotland, who are signatories to the pledge working together to do the following:
- Ensure emergency service staff¬ have the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to recognise and support people living with dementia before, during and after an emergency incident.
- Work towards being dementia-friendly employers with suitable employment policies and procedures in place,
- to allow us to support colleagues who become carers or provide occupational health and other support to employees with cognitive impairment and or dementia.
- Increase inter-professional working across the emergency services and beyond, to maintain and improve the general safety and wellbeing of people living with dementia, their families, and carers.
- Support organisations and individuals across Scotland to develop more dementia-friendly communities.
Potential Impact of Decision, Policy or Practice:
UWS recognises that dementia impacts on a range of protected characteristics in particular, age and disability. UWS’ commitment to the pledge will potentially assist in eliminating discrimination advancing equality and fostering good relations between the emergency services and the families they come into contact with by increasing awareness of the needs of people with dementia and their families, enabling an informed response to their needs during a crisis. In addition, it will have a wider impact by supporting organisations across Scotland to develop dementia- friendly communities.
Furthermore, we can potentially, in partnership with emergency services, collaborate to address knowledge and skills gaps and use our dementia education, research and enterprise to develop the evidence base and evaluate experiences of people with protected characteristics who are affected by dementia to further advance equality.
Outcome: Continue with the decision/policy
School/Department: School of Health and Life Sciences