Today sees the official launch of three new publications for Allied Health Professionals in Scotland: Agents of Change; Living Well with Dementia; and Living Well with Community Support. Published by the Scottish Government and Alzheimer Scotland, these publications highlight the impressive work carried out by AHPs in delivering improvement for people living with dementia and those who care for them, as well as leading change in practice. Much of this work is being actively supported by Alzheimer Scotland. This launch will take place at Alzheimer Scotland, 22 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 7RN at 1pm.
Allied Health Professionals Dementia Champions: Agents of Change – features practice examples provided by some of the AHP Dementia Champions, illustrating how they are implementing new ideas and developing innovations in practice. It describes the impact that they are having as they work in partnership with healthcare support workers, paid carers in care homes, home care services, relatives, students, GPs and Alzheimer Scotland.
Allied Health Professionals Delivering Post–Diagnostic Support: Living Well with Dementia – features the role AHPs can play, including best practice examples, in supporting people with dementia in the first year after diagnosis, based on Alzheimer Scotland’s 5 Pillar model of
Post-Diagnostic support and implemented by the Scottish Government through their PostDiagnostic Support Guarantee. The work of AHPs, through early interventions and therapeutic approaches, can make a huge difference to how well someone can live with dementia.
Allied Health Professionals Delivering Integrated Care: Living Well with Community Support (available after Monday 15 December) – AHPs have a vital role to play in the delivery of integrated care, support and treatment for people with dementia, and those who care for them, in Scotland’s communities. In particular, AHPs have a unique spectrum of professional skills which are crucial in delivering a range of non-pharmacological therapeutic interventions which tackle the symptoms of dementia, help people cope better and improve their quality of life. This publication shows the work AHPs are already involved in at several test sites of Alzheimer Scotland’s 8 Pillar Model of Community Support across Scotland. This is directly linked to Commitment 4 in Scotland’s current National Dementia Strategy.
The work of Scotland’s AHPs to drive improvement and lead change in dementia is also shared via the weekly Let’s Talk About Dementia blog.