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Dementia experts to raise standards in Scotland

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Nurses with specific expertise in caring for patients with dementia are to be assigned to all of Scotland’s health boards.

A partnership between Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish government has seen the creation of 14 dementia nurse roles.

The aim of the project, which will be paid for by both organisations, is to raise the standards of care for those with dementia and improve the situation for both the patient and their loved ones.

Staff who take the new positions will work with those who are already dementia champions to train their colleagues in the best ways to care for and support patients with dementia.

Scottish cabinet secretary for health Alex Neil said: “As we plan appropriate services for an ageing population I welcome the visible improvements in the care for people with dementia we are already seeing as a result of these new posts. It proves that much more can be achieved over the coming years.

“In addition, we have made the guarantee that, from next April, all people newly diagnosed with dementia will be entitled to at least a year of post-diagnostic support, coordinated by a link worker.

“This is a world first commitment and will lead to significant improvements in the ability of people to live well with dementia for as long as is possible.”

Chief executive of Alzheimer Scotland, Henry Simmons, said: “This is only the start of what will be a significantly challenging future for NHS Boards as our population ages and more people with dementia will require care.

“NHS Boards must make the best possible use of our nurse consultants to deliver real change for people - now and in the future.”

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