NHS Education for Scotland (NES) has launched a mobile application to complement its learning resource, Cognitive Rehabilitation in Dementia: A Learning Resource for Staff, and twice-yearly workshops.
Each educational resource is intended to facilitate the development of core skills to enable health and social care staff to support people in the early stages of dementia using cognitive rehabilitation strategies to meet their rehabilitation goals.
“The importance of implementing good practice in relation to supporting people with dementia to remain as independent as possible cannot be overstated. The use of cognitive rehabilitation strategies has been shown to assist people in the early stages of dementia and their families to manage the effects of the condition more effectively. There are also secondary gains in terms of reducing anxiety and improving mood; both can be influenced by the cognitive and functional changes the person with dementia is experiencing,” explained the organisation.
Cognitive Rehabilitation in Dementia: A Learning Resource for Staff, is aimed at staff working at the ‘enhanced’ and/or ‘expertise’ practice level of Promoting Excellence: A framework for all health and social services staff working with people with dementia, their families and carers.
According to the organisation, the app, the first of its kind in Scotland, will help bring cognitive rehabilitation processes to the fore of clinicians’ minds when working with people in the early stages of dementia.
Judy Thomson, Director of Training for Psychology Services, NES, said: “Together, these new resources will support staff to improve their practice and create consistency in the cognitive rehabilitation process for people in the early stages of dementia.”
*NOTE: NES advises that cognitive rehabilitation strategies should only be used with people in the early stages of dementia and a thorough assessment of their suitability must be completed.