New dementia care standards and new training for health and social care staff
Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy, delivered her first major address since the election in May at Alzheimer Scotland’s annual Dementia Awareness Week conference on Monday 6 June.
The Minister also launched the first year report on the National Dementia Strategy, the Standards of care for dementia in Scotland, and Promoting Excellence: A framework for all health and social services staff working with people with dementia, their families and carers.
“On the first anniversary of Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy, I am delighted that we are today able to publish Standards of Care for Dementia and a skills framework for staff. Around 82,000 people in Scotland have dementia and we expect that to double over the next 25 years. These documents will help people affected by dementia assert their rights to ensure they are never denied their dignity in care. In implementing the standards we are committed to listening to views of people with dementia and their carers to test implementation against their experience, as well working with the scrutiny and improvement organisations, particularly SCSWIS with their focus on social care, and the Mental Welfare Commission to ensure effective implementation.”
Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister
“Alzheimer Scotland has long campaigned for the human rights of people with dementia to be recognised and we welcome the Minister’s commitment to ensuring that people with dementia receive world class support, care and treatment. The new dementia care standards for Scotland, and framework for improving the skills and knowledge of health and social care professionals, means that people with dementia should receive high quality care from the services they need, no matter where they live across Scotland.”
“However, we have major concerns about cuts to services by local authorities. These must be avoided at all costs. Cutting or even restricting access to services of this nature for people with dementia and their families is no different from reducing available medical treatments for conditions such as cancer or heart disease. High quality, timely and flexible support is not yet being provided consistently to everyone across Scotland and many support services are either being reduced or cut. This has to stop. No person, no family, partner or friend should have to deal with the very complex, changing and challenging needs of dementia on their own.”
Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland
“This is not just another document to sit on a shelf, but something practical that can be used to take to services and show the quality of care you expect- and if you don’t get it you can use it to support your complaint and ensure you get the standard of care you are entitled to.”
Agnes Houston, Chair of the Scottish Dementia Working Group (speaking on the care standards)
“These standards should have a great impact; not only on quality of life for people with dementia and families, but also in improving attitudes towards care and support. We have never had access to this sort of guidance before and it is to be welcomed. Personally, I feel that I have been listened to as a carer and that makes a huge difference.”
Caroline Brown, carer
Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland: A guide for people with dementia and their carers
This guide to the new Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland is for people with dementia and their carers (family members, partners and friends). It explains what your rights are and the quality of care, support and treatment you or the person you care for should receive to stay well, safe and listened to.
» See Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland: A guide to download the guide.