Clyde Munro dental group reveals plans to enrol staff in dementia support sessions

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Scotland’s largest dental chain, Clyde Munro, is set to improve support for patients with dementia by enrolling all staff in Dementia Friends awareness sessions.

The move is part of an ongoing project with Alzheimer Scotland. The group has been working with the charity for the last two years and many members of staff have taken part in Dementia Friends sessions before. Now, the chain has committed to enrolling all of its practices to ensure patients receive support across the board and enable staff to develop the skills and confidence needed to provide the best possible care.

Clyde Munro joined the initiative as part of a programme launched by Alzheimer Scotland. The aim was to engage with over 90,000 people across Scotland to raise awareness of dementia and provide people with information and training to help them become Dementia Friends. The goal was set at 90,000 to match the number of people currently living with dementia in Scotland.

Anne McWhinnie, lead at Dementia Friendly Scotland, said that Clyde Munro was “very engaged” and committed to encouraging all staff to become Dementia Friends. The chain has adapted and adjusted practices to make them accessible and welcoming for patients with dementia and staff have been hugely positive and responsive to training. The partnership is going from strength and strength and Anne is looking forward to working with new members of staff and staff from practices that have recently joined the group moving forward.

Dementia Friends training is designed to educate and inform people about how dementia affects different aspects of health and wellbeing and the impact it has on social relationships. There are many misconceptions about dementia as a disease and the aim is to provide accurate information and ensure that people who have dementia feel “recognised, valued and understood in their community.”

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