Apply now to become one of Scotland’s next Dementia Champions

Would you like to take part in a free five-day programme delivered at the enhanced dementia practice level?

The SSSC programme is open to people working in either health or social services. Social service applicants must be supported by their employer and will need to demonstrate an ability to inspire and effect positive change.

The course will be delivered by the University of the West of Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland in five locations across Scotland between April and August 2017.

What is a Dementia Champion?

Within their existing roles and through a diverse range of activities Dementia Champions seek to improve the complete care and support experience for people with dementia, their families and carers; primarily in acute general hospital settings, but also in the community. There are currently over 80 Dementia Champions active in social service roles in Scotland, including social work, day care, care at home, care home and housing support across public, independent and third sector organisations. Social service Dementia Champions work alongside over 500 Dementia Champions working in health services.

Apply now

SSSC have distributed application packs widely, however if you have not received this through your organisation you can ask for an application pack and more information by emailing: [email protected]

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 28 February 2017.

Care catering for vegetarians and vegans: free webinars


Vegetarian for Life (VFL) are offering eight 40-minute webinars at 3pm on Tuesday afternoons from 31 January 2017.

The popularity of vegetarian and vegan diets is growing at an unprecedented rate in the UK.  There is a growing range of veggie food products in your local shops.  This means that the care sector catering is going to have to be prepared to respond to increasing demands for vegetarian and vegan dishes in the planning of menus.
VFL offer help and advice to help care services successfully meet the challenge.

VFL have teamed up with the Vegan Society to create a brand new webinar series, ‘Care catering for vegetarians and vegans’.  The webinar series consists of eight 40-minute online seminars that will run at 3pm on Tuesdays from 31 January 2017.

The webinars will cover most things that care staff will need to know about veggie care catering: Including what is a suitable diet to mastering new ingredients; from menu planning to hospital catering for all. Course certification is available.

Vegetarian for Life is the national charity supporting older vegetarians and vegans. They work with the care sector caterers is one of our key priorities.

The main presenters are highlighted as not just knowledgeable about these subjects, but are extremely enthusiastic about catering for vegetarians and vegans.

Trainer Heather Russell is a registered dietitian, and a member of the British Dietetic Association Food Services specialist group. Maggie Lister and Oliver Bragg are roving chefs with Vegetarian for Life. Join the sessions to feel not only informed but also enthused and inspired about all things veggie and vegan.

Register for the webinars here and make developing your skills and catering knowledge a success in 2017.  Register Now

For more Information contact:

Kim Stringer – [email protected]

Director (Scotland)

Mobile: 07561 287016

Health-related care home training sessions in Grampian

Care Home Training Sessions: Feb to June 2017

NHS Grampian Continence Resource service is running a series of training courses. The programme offers dates covering February 2017 through to June 2017. The sessions are open to care home staff and care inspectorate inspectors. These sessions support continuous professional development and can be useful for revalidation purposes.

The sessions are covering a range of health related care topics that will give all staff grades (registered nurses, support staff and care inspectorate staff) an opportunity to update their knowledge that should be useful in caring for people living in and using registered care home services.

Important:  please note that anyone attending would be expected to attend the whole afternoon programme and not just selected sessions as this proves too disruptive to the format of the afternoon.

All places must be booked in advance as places are limited. 

For more information or to book a place please contact by phone or email

Thelma Mackie
Bladder and Bowel Specialist Service Secretary
Inverurie Hospital
Telephone Number – 01467 672748 between 8.30a.m. – 10.00a.m. Monday to Friday
Extn – 72748
E-mail – [email protected]

You can view the full training programme here


Stroke education survey for care managers

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland are facilitating a survey to identify the perceived training needs of staff working in care homes or care agencies who care for people who have had a stroke.

This survey has been developed following a request from members of the Scottish Stroke AHP Forum (SSAHPF).

The survey will run until the 5th of September 2016 and results will be shared with the SSAHPF and Scottish Care.

It would be appropriate if senior managers or people with responsibility for education could complete the survey, which will take no longer than 10 minutes (one response per home or agency). If you have any questions please contact  [email protected]

The survey can be accessed at: