Nurses grad­u­ate as de­men­tia cham­pi­ons

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

Michelle Cameron.

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