Shifting the Paradigm: exploring the lessons and experience of dementia policy in acute care

31 Mar ‘15
Henry Simmons, March 2015

12.00PM - 1.00PM
Speaker: Henry Simmons

Venue: Iris Murdoch Building, University of Stirling

In this lecture, Henry Simmons will explain the current vision that Alzheimer Scotland has for transformational change within dementia practice and policy. He will look in detail at the investments that have been made within our acute general hospitals, considering the impact of the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultant  and AHP consultant programme, the Dementia Champions initiative and the Ten Care improvement actions. He will explore the concept that has been evolving as a result of this in terms of the nature of the psychological contract of staff within acute care and the impact of the negative construct and paradigm around the perception of people with dementia within this environment. He will describe the process of change that has occurred and how the paradigm has shifted towards one that is much more positive in its construct of dementia. He will explore and discuss some of the reasons and process of change that have taken place in order for this to happen. He will also consider some of the implications for future work within acute care and highlight some of the challenges that he believes we still have to overcome in order to make sure that we have an acute care workforce who fully embrace, are skilled and adaptable and indeed committed to support people with dementia and their families.

Henry Simmons joined Alzheimer Scotland as Chief Executive in August 2008, prior to this he worked as an Executive Director with ENABLE Scotland.   He is a registered Social Worker, RMN and has an MBA.  Henry has over twenty years experience in the health and social care sector and has spent the majority of his career in the voluntary sector, primarily involved in developing new community based person centred services.  Henry has worked in both the learning disability and mental health fields.  He was a Board Member of Alzheimer Europe for several years and is a General Member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland.  He is also chair of the NHS NES/SSSC Dementia Programme Board. 

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