Published: 14/04/2017 10:06 - Updated: 14/04/2017 11:02

Invergordon nurse leads the way in 'dementia champions' drive

Paul Dillon with (from left) Ruth Mantle, Alzheimer Scotland; Ashley MacLennan, Raigmore Hospital; Catriona Mandica, Raigmore; Karen Thurgo, Grantown; Rachel Whelan, Belford Hospital; and Pat Tyrrell, deputy director of nursing
Paul Dillon with (from left) Ruth Mantle, Alzheimer Scotland; Ashley MacLennan, Raigmore Hospital; Catriona Mandica, Raigmore; Karen Thurgo, Grantown; Rachel Whelan, Belford Hospital; and Pat Tyrrell, deputy director of nursing

A DEDICATED staff nurse at the County Community Hospital in Invergordon has graduated in a pioneering programme which aims to improve the care of people with dementia in hospital.

Paul Dillon was among eight members of staff from NHS Highland who joined health and social services professionals from across Scotland at the ceremony in Edinburgh.

The idea of the “Dementia Champions” training is to give each graduate the necessary tools to bring about improvements in the experiences and outcomes of care and treatment for people with dementia.

Pat Tyrrell, NHS Highland’s deputy director of nursing said: “All of our Dementia Champions are working to improve the care and support for people with dementia across the acute and community hospitals in Highland.

“Our new graduates will join the existing group of champions and I am delighted to say that they are doing really valuable work in fulfilling that role.”

The graduates were part of a group – or cohort – of around 130 health professionals who graduated this year.

This will bring the number of Dementia Champions in Scotland to more than 700 since the programme began in 2010.

Ruth Mantle, the Alzheimer Scotland dementia nurse consultant for NHS Highland said: “The dementia champion programme continues to utilise the most-up-to-date evidence and research to support practice with caregivers and people with dementia contributing to the teaching.

“We now have over 45 Dementia Champions across NHS Highland who are working hard to improve the experience for people with dementia admitted into hospital and I look forward to welcoming and working alongside the new cohort on board.”

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