Specialist Dementia Unit Network

Focus on Dementia, in conjunction with NHS Education for Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland have developed the Specialist Dementia Units Learning and Improvement Network.  Our aim is to build a community of staff who can network with each other to learn and share best practice and improve the support provided by Specialist Dementia Units throughout Scotland.

The network is open to all those involved in the work of delivering Specialist Dementia Care in Scotland including:

  • Frontline staff providing care in Specialist Dementia Units
  • Those involved in the planning, commissioning and management of units, and
  • Those working in both NHS provided units and those working for other providers.

Get involved

There are a number of ways you can get involved in our activities.

  1. Sign up to receive our newsletter
    Our newsletter summarises the latest news and resources for our network members. You can sign up here. Have a look at our document downloads for past editions. We are also always keen to hear ideas, case studies or other contributions for our newsletter. Contact us at hcis.focusondementia@nhs.net with your ideas.

  2. Join our community of practice
    Visit our pages on the Dementia Managed Knowledge Network for access to up-to-date information and resources.

  3. Join us at a networking event
    We host regular networking events. To find out about our next events, visit our events page. Make sure you are signed up to our newsletter mailing list for announcements on our latest events.

Network activities to date

Webinar: Transforming Specialist Dementia Hospital Care

The Transforming Specialist Dementia Hospital Care report has now been published at http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0053/00537291.pdf    

On Tuesday 28 August we were delighted to have had Maureen Taggart, Alzheimer Scotland National Dementia Nurse Consultant and report author, host a webinar to discuss how and why the report was written, what has happened since publication and next steps

You can listen to the webinar by clicking on the link below.


Specialist Dementia Units celebrating practice and networking event

150 SDU staff met in October 2017 at a national Specialist Dementia Units Celebrating Practice and Networking Event. Staff presented on a range of topics from stress and distress, end of life care to new models of care. 30 posters were on display.