Local nurses to be champions for people with dementia


Two local nurses have graduated as ‘dementia champions’ as part of the National Dementia Strategy which saw a national training programme established to improve the knowledge and skills of staff working with people with dementia, their families and carers.
Linda Merriman and Marilyn Buchan completed a rigorous six month programme which will help them improve the experience, care, treatment and outcomes for people who are admitted to the Balfour.
Linda said: “The ‘dementia champion’ model was designed for staff in acute care hospital settings. The aim is to make a difference by ensuring there is a better understanding of the way care needs to be delivered for people with dementia. To qualify we had to submit assignments, and develop a portfolio of practice to provide evidence that we were already starting to bring about change in the workplace.”
Marilyn added: “As well as attending five study days in Edinburgh, the programme enabled us to take part by studying through distance learning. It also provided the opportunity to network with each other and get support from trainers”.
The nurses graduated as part of the first cohort of NHS staff from across Scotland to complete the programme.
The award ceremony was held at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh and attended by Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Cities. 

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