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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-00300: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 26 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to provide specialist training for social care staff to address the reported increase in care home residents with dementia.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 3 November 2016

The Scottish Government continues to provide national funding to NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to increase specialist dementia training and increased capability for social care staff supporting people with dementia in care homes.

Specialist dementia training offered by NES to care home workers covers areas such as stress and distress, cognitive stimulation therapy and palliative and end of life care. SSSC has developed of a network of over 1,000 Dementia Ambassadors, the majority of which work in care homes and are committed to increasing their knowledge and skills about dementia. There was a 50% rise in the number of Ambassadors in
2015-16.

The SSSC will also provide appropriate support to the Care Inspectorate in their Spotlight on Dementia inspection programme – 150 dementia-focussed inspections in care homes in 2016-17, with a report to be published in 2017.