Nurses who help dementia patients in Scotland now have access to advice on how to deliver a better standard of care.
A total of 100 dementia champions are now operating across the country to improve care available to people with the condition.
The “champions” have been trained by the University of the West of Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland, and are the first of 300 scheduled to be in operation by this time next year. They include nurses, allied health professionals and clinical managers.
Alzheimer Scotland specialist nurses are also being appointed to every health board in the country.
Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to introduce targets for post-diagnostic support next year in order to ensure that dementia patients get the care they need once they have been diagnosed.
Under the plans, newly diagnosed patients will receive a minimum of one year’s worth of “person-centred support” from a dedicated healthcare worker.
Senior charge nurse Lee O’Connor said: “I was delighted to be nominated as one of the first dementia champions in Glasgow and feel more able now to influence others in supporting people with dementia when they are in hospital.”