Partnership aims to improve dementia care
A dementia education and research partnership aims to transform the quality of care for people with dementia and their families through education and research.
The Dementia Enhanced Practice to Promote Excellence (DEPPE) initiative, comprising NHS Highland, NHS Western Isles, the University of the Highlands and Islands and Alzheimer Scotland, was developed from the department of nursing at the University of the Highlands and Islands by Dr Leah Macaden to educate student nurses in best practice dementia care and support.
Recent estimates suggest there are approximately 90,000 people in Scotland living with a diagnosis of dementia.
Dr Macaden said: ‘Management and care of a person living with dementia requires a multi-disciplinary approach with knowledge, value-based expertise and a competent skill base. Nurses are well positioned and are central to the delivery of dementia care in hospital and community settings. This innovative and integrated undergraduate dementia curriculum has been developed to partly address this issue. DEPPE is mapped along the stages of the Dementia Journey and the Enhanced Level of the Promoting Excellence Framework.’