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Karen Gillon (Labour) | Question S3W-39852

To ask the Scottish Executive what level of qualified mental health nursing staff it expects to be employed in nursing homes offering care for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Shona Robison (Scottish National Party)

There are no specific requirements on the level of qualified mental health nursing staff in nursing homes caring for patients with dementia.

The Care Commission expects as a matter of best practice at least one registered mental health nurse on each shift in a dementia-specific nursing home or unit. We fund a number of nursing posts in nursing and care homes across Scotland to facilitate education for other healthcare staff including student nurses, and we are providing funding to Alzheimer Scotland to expand their number of specialist dementia nurses, whose responsibilities include helping to manage preadmission and discharge to and from nursing homes.

As part of The National Dementia Strategy, NHS Education Scotland and The Scottish Social Services Council are developing a skills and knowledge framework for dementia for all health and social care staff. We expect the framework to be published this summer, and it will be implemented thereafter.

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