GCU and Cordia train home carer staff through dementia programme

20 July 2016

GCU and Cordia train home carer staff through dementia programme

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) experts have worked with Cordia to train nearly 240 home carer staff through a dementia education programme.

Dementia is a syndrome associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities. Symptoms include memory loss, personality changes and difficulty following a conversation. Many of our home care service users are living with dementia in its many stages.

The course is aimed at better equipping carers with a high quality, up to date programme of training, highlighting the awareness of compassionate and dignified care.

Dementia training has always been a part of Cordia’s home care induction however, in response to the Scottish Governments dementia strategy it was decided that a tiered approach to dementia training would be considered.

Using a combination of presentations, workshops and case studies, GCU nursing lecturer/NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde practitioner Dr Marie McAloon supported Cordia training advisor, Jane McGuire, to develop, plan, implement and evaluate the training programme.

Marie said: “There are different types of dementia, which means that there are different issues to deal with for the person and their family. We want to help integrate a person-centred approach to dementia care”

Jane McGuire said: “I am extremely excited working on this programme after 25 years’ experience in care provision and training, I am thrilled to be supporting our care sector team to make a real difference to the lives of the citizens of Glasgow.”

With backing from Lynn Norwood, Head of People Development, and Wendy Stewart, Health and Food Safety Manager, the course has been accredited by GCU. The course is credited with three Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) points, which can be used as recognised prior learning for future professional development.

The two-day course, which was first rolled out in April 2015, is held twice a month.