Published: Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
Golden delight for three Dementia Champion graduates
The Golden Jubilee National Hospital is proud to have three members of staff complete Scotland’s first ever Dementia Champions Programme.
Clinical Educator Jacqueline Brown, Senior Physiotherapist Ann Dockery and Senior Staff Nurse Donna Bryce are among the first 100 Champions to start work across Scotland and help drive up standards of care for people with dementia.
They graduated on 14 March (Donna in absentia) at a ceremony in Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh where Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy, delivered the keynote address.
The Dementia Champions Programme, commissioned by NHS Education for Scotland (NES), aims to improve the experiences and outcomes of care and treatment for the growing number of people with dementia being cared for in Scotland’s acute hospitals. It is part of a wider set of actions, driven by the Scottish Government’s commitment to develop a workforce capable of working with people with dementia in the acute care setting.
As part of the course, the Golden Jubilee’s Champions carried out an evaluation of their work areas to gauge how the hospital is progressing towards achieving a number of Quality of Life Indicators. These indicators have been developed by working with people with dementia and can be used to measure the progress in raising awareness and stimulating positive change in how people with dementia are cared for.
As a result of the evaluation, Jacqueline, Ann and Donna are now leading the way on a number of initiatives within the Golden Jubilee:
- Production of a ‘This is Me’ document for patients with dementia, which provides staff with information about the patient as an individual, such as needs, preferences, likes and dislikes.
- Improving communication for patients in clinical areas with changes to case notes and patient information boards in clinical areas.
- Development of dementia packs for clinical areas including signage (e.g. hot/cold tap etc)
- Guidance and dementia awareness for staff.
Eleanor Lang, the Golden Jubilee’s Age Equality Lead and Clinical Education and Improvement Nurse, congratulated the Champions on their achievement, saying: “We are very proud of our three Dementia Champions who will lead the way in improving services for our patients who have dementia, their families and carers.
“Jacqueline, Ann and Donna have worked hard to complete the course and will continue to do so to implement key changes within the Golden Jubilee, as well as motivating and educating other members of staff.”
A further 200 staff from Scottish NHS Boards and local authority Social Services teams will undertake the programme in 2012/13.
Photograph shows (from left): Jacqueline Brown, Donna Bryce and Ann Dockery.