By Press Office 24 August 2015

Alzheimer Scotland has teamed up with Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh, to launch a new scholarship initiative for allied health professionals in Scotland.

The Alzheimer Scotland Scholarships will provide part funding for students to undertake a stand-alone MSc module focussed on ‘Developing Rights-Based Practice for Allied Health Professionals working with People Living with Dementia, their Families & Carers’ at QMU.

In Scotland alone about 90,000 people have dementia, excluding the wider number of people who are affected by a family member or friend with the condition. This growing problem presents massive challenges for health and social care services, as well as the economy.

The Alzheimer Scotland Scholarships have been designed to help address some of these problems and are open to all allied health professionals living in Scotland who are either already studying an MSc in a related subject area or working in practice.  Students who complete the module will also benefit from continuous professional development credits.

The Alzheimer Scotland Scholarships will be managed by Queen Margaret University’s School of Health Sciences. 

Health academics at QMU are continuing to develop a strategic alliance with Alzheimer Scotland in a bid to improve student understanding of dementia. The move will ensure that healthcare students on this module at QMU have a robust education in dementia and become more effective as healthcare professionals in the workplace. The ultimate aim is to improve the care and wellbeing of individuals with dementia and families affected by the condition across all service provision – within the NHS, private practice, social work and the voluntary sector

Ian McMillan, Head of Division, Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapies at Queen Margaret University, said: “As part of our strategic partnership we’re very pleased to be working with Alzheimer Scotland to develop and launch this new MSc module.  This module will benefit practitioners by extending their knowledge about critical topics associated with rights-based practice when working with people with dementia, their families and carers”. 

“We’re very serious about educating our students about the wider considerations of dementia.  This module expands on the existing undergraduate module in Dementia that QMU offers, alongside the PhD Scholarship and the Dementia study days that are also supported by Alzheimer’s Scotland.  All allied health professionals in employment will, at some point, work with people with dementia, as well as their families and carers. By working with Alzheimer Scotland we can equip our students to better understand people’s needs and to work much more effectively in the changing landscape of health and social care in Scotland.”

Henry Simmons from Alzheimer Scotland, said: “There are few families in Scotland who are not affected by dementia; this condition is one of Scotland’s most pressing public health issues. Alzheimer Scotland is delighted to provide support to students undertaking the MSc in ‘Developing Rights-Based Practice for Allied Health Professionals working with People Living with Dementia, their Families & Carers’ as part of our partnership with Queen Margaret University.

“The rights-based approach of this MSc is exactly the type of engagement we want to have with practitioners, to help us move away from a medically-focused model and towards an citizen-based model of dementia care and support.”

To find out more about the new Alzheimer Scotland Scholarships and to apply for a Scholarship, contact Linda Renton or Ian McMillan at QMU, T: 0131 474 0000 or E: lrenton@qmu.ac.uk or imcmillan@qmu.ac.uk

Notes to Editor

For further media information please contact Jonathan Perkins, Press and PR Officer, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, tel: 0131 474 0000, Email: jperkins@qmu.ac.uk

Aims of the Strategic Alliance

Working between the two organisations to be a dementia aware higher education institution.

Development of a strategic approach in the creation of sustainable learning opportunities in the undergraduate programme.

Development of a strategic approach to continued professional development developing sustainable Allied Health Professionals career pathways in dementia care. 

Information about Queen Margaret University

QMU has flagship areas of health and rehabilitation, sustainable business and creativity and culture. Like all our teaching and research, the work within our flagship areas is designed to be thoroughly relevant to the social and economic development of Scotland and countries across the world.

Work within our flagships areas tackles issues ranging from alcohol abuse to the development of healthcare systems across the world; and from providing dialogue tools which allow marginalised groups to have their voices heard, to giving people their voice more literally through innovations in speech therapy.

QMU – Health and Rehabilitation 

This flagship area is underpinned by our portfolio of health courses: we have the widest range of allied health professional courses of any university in Scotland. Our research is focused on policy and practice, and therefore has an immediate practical impact in terms of service delivery and patient care.

We have capitalised on our broad range of health courses to become leaders in interprofessional education. This ensures that our teaching and research reaches beyond the limits of professional boundaries, providing fresh insights and helping to ensure that healthcare professionals from different areas work together effectively with positive consequences for patient care.

We have the benefit of high-quality specialist facilities at our purpose-built campus including practical research laboratories, a nursing simulation suite, and working speech, audiology and podiatry clinics.

Read more at: www.qmu.ac.uk   

Information about Alzheimer Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland’s foremost voluntary organisation working for people with dementia and their carers. It:

•           speaks out for the rights and concerns of people with dementia and their carers;

•           operates services on over 60 sites throughout Scotland providing practical services such as day, evening and weekend opportunities, home support and befriending and carers' support services;

•           provides the 24 hour national freephone Dementia Helpline (0808 808 3000);

•           provides the website  www.alzscot.org;

•           supports the Scottish Dementia Working Group and the National Dementia Carers Action Network

•           has a network of Dementia Advisors across Scotland;

•           has a Specialist Dementia Nurse programme;

•           publishes leaflets, booklets, reports and a quarterly newsletter keeping carers and professionals up-to-date

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