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The learning programmes and resources on this site will support you to gain the knowledge and skills within the Promoting Excellence framework in order to support people with dementia and their families and carers to have the best quality of life possible.

Welcome to the dementia learning site
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As people live longer, there are more and more people living with dementia in Scotland. However, dementia is not just a condition affecting older people. People in their 40s or 50s or even younger can have dementia. Dementia has a profound impact on the families, friends and the wider networks of people with dementia and they need our support to help them have the best quality of life. Wider communities also have a role in supporting people with dementia stay connected to the life and activities they value. We are all part of communities and our lives will be increasingly affected by dementia personally, in our work settings, and families or communities.

Scotland has been developing and implementing National Dementia Strategies since 2010. Key elements to support implementation of the strategies have included the Promoting Excellence framework which was originally published by the Scottish Government in 2011.

The Promoting Excellence Education Framework (Scottish Government, 2011) details the knowledge and skills all health and social services staff should aspire to achieve in relation to the role they play in supporting people with a diagnosis of dementia, and their families, and carers.

This document has now been refreshed, Promoting Excellence 2021, although the purpose and structure has not changed the refreshed document reflects the progress made since 2011. This includes new research on preventing dementia, new laws and human right-based Health and Social Care standards.

The framework is underpinned by a number of Quality of Life Outcome Indicators that were developed around the PANEL principles which were used within the Charter of Rights for People with Dementia and their Carers.  It is also aligned with the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland

Click here to learn more about the Structure of the Framework including the different levels, Informed, skilled, enhanced and expertise.

Click here to learn more about Supporting your learning.

Dementia Standards: Supporting Change Tool

This tool has been developed from key social policy documents and standards which are listed at the end of this document. It is designed to facilitate change and improvements in services and practice against the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland (Scottish Government 2011) and Quality of Life Outcome Indicators set out in Promoting Excellence: A framework for all health and social services staff working with people with dementia, their families and carers (Scottish Government 2011).

The tool has 4 primary functions:

  1. To support services to implement the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland
  2. To support staff to carry out an evaluation against Promoting Excellence Quality of Life Outcome Indicators and elements of good practice
  3. To support action planning in key elements of improving care and support
  4. To support the preparation of facilitators to disseminate training based on the Dementia Skilled – Improving Practice learning resource (NES/SSSC 2012)

Below you can find a number of previsouly recorded Webinars for your viewing, this section will be updated following a new webinar.

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COVID-19 and Palliative and End of Life Care

The social restrictions and other measures being implemented to reduce the spread of COVID-19 could have a profound impact on the health, wellbeing and quality of life for people with dementia and their families and carers.

You can find more information and resources which aim to help staff supporting people living with Dementia and their families and carers maintain the best quality of life possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Palliative care, end of life care and bereavement support are essential components of holistic person-centred care for people nearing the end of their life.

These resources are intended to enable staff working across all health and social care settings to provide the best possible support to people at the end of life. 

Latest Developments

Welcome to the Caring for a Person Living with FTD; a supportive series of resources for carers. Please find the resource's aims within the Skilled Practice section

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Capacity Building Training Workshops for Health and Social Care Staff (Remote)

The overall aims of the training programme are:

To give learners an overview of how to deliver Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST). This interactive course will include a background about CST and how it can be used, research overview and detailed presentation of the treatment, including DVD footage and role-play.

What does the training involve?

This training is interactive and uses a combination of teaching, group exercises, role-play and video observations.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognise various explanatory models for dementia and the main therapeutic approaches used in dementia care.
  2. Understand how Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) was designed and evaluated.
  3. Be able to deliver CST to groups of people with dementia, and critically evaluate this process.
  4. Reflect on issues such as the selection of suitable participants, motivating people to participate and managing group dynamics.
  5. Create an action plan with colleagues as to next steps in implementing learning from the day.

The target audience for the training are individuals working with people living with dementia at Enhanced and Expertise levels of practice as stipulated within the Promoting Excellence framework, such as:

Activity Co-ordinators within health and social care; Dementia Ambassadors; Practice Education Facilitators;Day Care Officers; and Clinicians in Older People’s Mental Health Services (such as Clinical Psychologists, Liaison Nurses, CPNs and OTs).

Individuals working at Enhanced level will have experience of developing and delivering group-based activity programmes for people with dementia and/or other mental health problems and the motivation to learn to support others to do so. Individuals working at Expertise level will have experience of developing and delivering staff training to support improvements in clinical practice and service development.

Please click on the link below to register your interested in both the webinar and a workshop: