Psychologists’ contribution to the Scottish dementia strategy

The British Psychological Society is working with people affected by dementia to develop its submission to the Scottish Government on Scotland’s Dementia Strategy at a roundtable discussion in Edinburgh today.

The event, run in partnership with Alzheimer’s Scotland and the Life Changes Trust and involves around 40 psychologists from across the UK, people affected by dementia, policy makers and funders.

It brings researchers and people with dementia together to discuss what Scottish Government policy should be, in particular around supporting early diagnosis and people with early dementia, support for people with advanced dementia and Dementia Friendly Communities.

The event is hosted by Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, the President of the British Psychological Society. He says:

“Psychology has improved the lives of people living with dementia, from before diagnosis to the very end of life. Psychologists have transformed how we think about dementia – as a condition that people can live well with.

“Today continues that tradition by bringing expertise and experience together. By working with people with dementia, Alzheimer’s Scotland and the Life Changes Trust we will bring evidence and thinking from real life experience, research and best practice into our contribution to the future of Scotland’s third Dementia Strategy.

“The BPS is looking forward to contributing to other policy discussions, including on mental health.”

Dr Sue Northrop, Chair of the British Psychological Society in Scotland adds:

“Scotland has a world-leading dementia strategy and psychologists have an important part to play in building on the strengths of that strategy.  We wanted to develop our response to the Government with people affected by dementia so that our input is based on real life experience.

“The event will open up new ways of thinking about dementia and provide practical, evidence-based proposals to strengthen policy and improve the daily lives of people affected by dementia.”