September saw the start of a series of exciting learning events for Dementia Ambassadors and Dementia Champions to highlight the positive impact which leadership can have in social services and in supporting people living with dementia, their families and carers.
The visions set out by Scottish Government in the Strategy for building leadership capacity in Scotland’s social services 2013-2015 and in Everyone Matters: 2020 Workforce Vision demonstrate a commitment to the development of leadership at all levels within social services and the NHS. Effective skilled leaders are essential to ensure that the people who use services are supported to achieve their personal outcomes.
Dementia Ambassadors and Champions in health and social service roles are crucial in making these visions a reality for people with dementia. Find out what Dementia Ambassadors and Champions are below.
During September, Dementia Ambassadors and Champions with a range of experience participated in two events to develop their leadership capabilities and generate a learning culture in dementia practice. The events explored the leadership capabilities of motivation and inspiring and use of creativity and innovation in their dementia practice.
The events were an ideal opportunity for Dementia Ambassadors and Champions to connect and collaborate with others, meet inspirational and influential speakers and to consider how to enhance their leadership capability in the context of their important roles.
“What a great day, can I express how much I enjoyed this event. I am already a very motivated person but came out after the sessions even more motivated and inspired!” Dementia Ambassador
“It was good to hear different and creative ways of teaching and connecting with people who have dementia, I’ll be putting these into practice.” Dementia Ambassador
Two further leadership learning events will take place in November, to consider collaborating and influencing capabilities, and December to explore empowering and citizen leadership
If you would like more information about the leadership in dementia practice learning events please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about Step into Leadership visit: http://www.stepintoleadership.info/