Using the Quality Improvement Framework 

Our Quality Improvement Framework sets out the criteria for high quality post-diagnostic support for people with dementia. It is a self-assessment tool to support teams to identify good practice as well as areas for improvement.

To inform a review of the framework, scheduled for publication in summer 2021, we gathered information on the impact of the framework to date.

Our impact

Since its launch in September 2018, the framework has been downloaded 387 times (at March 2021).

The framework has been adopted by Alzheimer Scotland. Alzheimer Scotland’s practitioners work in partnership with 16 Health and Social Care Partnerships to deliver post-diagnostic support.

We supported early adopters of the framework by establishing a learning and support group for framework users. The purpose of the group is to share learning about the framework across teams and areas. We recruited 16 early adopters to the group.

We conducted interviews with members of our learning and support group to learn more about the impact of the framework. Here are some examples of how teams have used the framework to benefit their service and the people they support.

  • Shetland Island Council used the framework to support the development of their new service.
  • Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership used the tool as part of their commissioning process.
  • NHS Fife used the framework to support the standardisation of their service and to identify areas for improvement.
  • Alzheimer Scotland used the framework to bring localities together for virtual self-assessment sessions.

For more information on these examples, view our film above.

Next steps

Read the Quality Improvement Framework for Dementia Post-Diagnostic Support in Scotland.

We would like to hear from teams or services planning to use the tool. We are also interested in feedback from teams who have used the tool. Please get in touch with us to share your experiences.