Dementia training for health care professionals

Perth & Kinross Reshaping Care Partnership are to introduce a further tranche of Promoting Excellence Dementia Informed Practice Level 1 training for public sector, independent and third sector staff.

Perth & Kinross Reshaping Care Partnership are to introduce a further tranche of Promoting Excellence Dementia Informed Practice Level 1 training for public sector, independent and third sector staff.

This training provides the baseline knowledge and skills required by all staff working in health and social care settings, including a person’s own home.

A number of sessions will be held across Perth and Kinross between 23rd April and 24th June 2014. It will ensure that all staff who come into contact with people with dementia know how to talk to them and react properly to their needs. The training includes watching a specially-made DVD by the Scottish Social Services Council and NES Scotland which can also be made available to people unable to attend training sessions.

Level 1 Promoting Excellence training is a facilitated course for all staff in health & social care settings, including admin and reception staff. Over 672 staff from statutory, voluntary and independent sectors have completed this training since it began in 2012. The Level 2 training has been completed by 32 members of staff to date.

To book a place for staff please call Mary Begbie on 01738 476167.

Housing and Health Convener, Councillor Dave Doogan, said: “I would encourage any relevant staff from the charity and voluntary sector to undergo this training. Council and NHS Tayside staff will also be taking part. It will help people understand dementia, and how to help someone with dementia and make sure they get the services they need.”

The Change Fund is a Scottish Government programme which provides funding for the Health and Social Care, voluntary and private sectors to work together to develop services for the older population.

Work in Perth and Kinross will be focused on developing services that will take support to people at home or in their communities, preventing unscheduled hospital or residential care admission.

Close links have been forged by between the Council, NHS Tayside, the voluntary sector and private care providers through a new joint commissioning strategy. This ensures a high level of co-ordination and planning across the board.

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