Nurses graduate as dementia champions
TWO WESTERN Isles nurses have become the latest pair to be crowned dementia champions by the NHS.
NHS Western Isles announced Frances Robertson and Michelle Cameron as successful graduates for Cohort 7 Dementia Champions.
Over the last nine months Ms Robertson, a senior charge nurse at Western Isles Hospital’s surgical ward, and Ms Cameron, a staff nurse at Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh, have committed time and effort to completing the course.
The programme supports the development of dementia champions as ‘change agents’ in improving the experience, care, treatment and outcomes for people with dementia and their families.
Working with families as the bridge between hospital and community settings, the two women expand the NHS Western Isles team of champions to 11 across the islands.
Elizabeth Shelby, NHS Western Isles Nurse consultant for older people and dementia, stated: ‘ We are so lucky to have staff willing to take on this very important role. Without this expertise being on hand in wards and other areas, it would be very difficult to provide the quality of care that people affected by dementia require.
‘I would like to thank all our dementia champions, new and old for their hard work.’