Implementing the Dementia Strategy 2017-2020

The Scottish Government’s Dementia Strategy 2017-2020 puts the individual at the centre of care, setting a continued commitment to improvements at all stages of the care journey. Additional priorities include ensuring people living with dementia have access to timely, skilled and well-coordinated support.

The context

Currently there are 90,000 people living in Scotland with dementia, and with numbers rising, effective action is required to ensure that individuals are receiving appropriate levels of care.

Scotland’s ageing population has led to an increased demand on services throughout the public sector, yet the increase in the prevalence of dementia has put further pressure on specialist services as older people in Scotland have increasingly complex needs.

The latest National Records Scotland report states that the number of people dying from dementia and Alzheimer's disease is now 10%, compared to 5% a decade ago. In light of these new figures, stakeholders are calling for the Scottish Government to do more to ensure that people living with dementia are receiving the right care, at the right time and in the right setting.

The event

Join us at this timely Holyrood briefing to examine the Dementia Strategy 2017-2020, and how we can work together to deliver more effective dementia care. We will bring together expert speakers and delegates from across sectors to consider what your service can do to support people living with dementia now and in the future.

Key issues to be addressed

  • Current dementia policy and existing legislative framework
  • Considering the next steps for the implementation of the Dementia Strategy 2017-2020
  • Considering the next steps for health and social care 
  • Delivering a personalised service through diagnosis and post-diagnosis
  • Supporting the relocation of post-diagnostic dementia services to primary care settings
  • Encouraging a human rights-based approach to dementia
  • Implementing the 8 Pillars of Community Support and the 5 Pillars for Post-Diagnostic Support
  • Developing and expanding your service to meet growing demand
  • Learning from good practice from across sectors


09:15   Registration and Refreshments

10:00   Welcome and Introduction from Chair

            Professor Debbie Tolson, Director, Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, University of the West of Scotland

10:05   Session 1: Policy and Overview

10:05   The Dementia Strategy 2017-2020     

  • Up-to-date brief on the Dementia Strategy 2017-2020
  • Overview of the Scottish Government’s ambition going forward

            David Berry, Dementia Policy Officer, Scottish Government 

10:25  Current Trends and Key Issues for Dementia Services

           Jim Pearson, Director of Policy and Research, Alzheimer Scotland

10:50   The Dementia Inspection Focus Area

  • Findings from the 2016/17 care homes inspection, and identified areas of improvement
  • Matching the Dementia Standards to four quality themes; care and support, environment, staffing and leadership and management
  • Use of the Kings Fund Enhancing the Healing Environment Tool and the Short Observational Framework for Inspection

            Heather Edwards, AHP Consultant , Care Inspectorate

11:10   Questions and Discussion

11:30   Refreshments and Networking

11:50   Session 2: Delivering Better Dementia Care

Panellists will come together to examine how we can work across sectors to deliver better care for those living with dementia.

  • Improving person-centred care
  • Delivering more dementia care in the community
  • Coordinating services and nurturing greater cross-sector collaboration
  • Providing care for under-65s living with dementia
  • Better supporting carers

            Heather Edwards, AHP Consultant , Care Inspectorate

            Sandra Shields, Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultant, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and RCN Representative

            Dr Margaret Brown, Senior Lecturer and Depute Director, Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice

            Amanda McCarren, National Carer Engagement Lead Tide Scotland, Life Story Network 

12:40   Questions and Discussion

13:00   Lunch and Networking

13:50   Session 3: Learning from Successful Approaches and Sharing Good Practice

13:50   GAME

  • A person-centred approach to the assessment, planning and review of activity planning.
  • Improving quality of life and outcomes for people with dementia using the Pool Activity Level (PAL
  • Translating meaningful activity into everyday practice: a team approach

            Stephanie McClymont​, Senior Charge Nurse, and Elaine Kerr, Ayrshire Central Hospital

14:10   Case Study: Alzheimer Scotland and Tesco Forres 'Relaxed Checkout' Initiative

  • What do we mean by a 'Dementia Friendly Community'?
  • What is the Relaxed Checkout and how does it work?
  • The benefits of this initiative to the wider community

​            Wendy Menzies, Dementia Advisor, Alzheimer Scotland

14:30   Dementia Pathways: The Role of Housing in Providing Support

  • Examining the role of housing in dementia support
  • Utilising the new practice guide to effectively support and care for those living with dementia

           Amanda Britain, Chair, The Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland

14:50   Questions and Discussion

15:20   Closing Remarks from Chair

15:30   Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


NASUWT, 35 Young Street North Lane, Edinburgh, EH2 4JD


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email or call 0131 285 1635.

13 December 2017



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