Two of our senior nurses have graduated as Dementia Specialist Improvement Leads (DSIL) and another four healthcare professionals in Forth Valley have become National Dementia Champions. The leadership roles were achieved by Shona Mackie, Care Home Psychiatric Liaison Nurse Specialist and Colette Quigley, Senior Charge Nurse in Ward 4 at Forth Valley Royal Hospital. The 18-month DSIL programme has now been completed by 86 participants across Scotland.
The new Champions are: Practice Manager at Leny Practice in Callander, Karen Brown, Staff Nurse Lee Hunter, Nursing Assistant Lesley Shaw and Staff Nurse Julia Fairgrieve (not pictured).
The National Dementia Champions programme aims to train staff to act as advocates for people with dementia and be a source of information and support for co-workers. As well as including nurses and allied health professionals from acute general hospitals and social services staff, the latest group of Dementia Champions also involves staff from the Scottish Ambulance Service, community hospitals and the first participant from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.