Henry SimmonsHenry Simmons
Chief Executive, Alzheimer Scotland

Henry has over twenty years experience in the health and social care sector and has spent the majority of his career in the voluntary sector, primarily involved in developing new community based person centred services. He has worked in both the learning disability and mental health fields.  He is a Board Member of Alzheimer Europe and is a General Member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland.  He is also chair of the NHS NES/SSSC Dementia Programme Board.


Jacqui Lunday JohnstoneJacqui Lunday Johnstone
Chief Health Professions Officer

Jacqui has a professional leadership and policy lead role for the 10 AHP Groups and the 51 Healthcare Science Professions. She provides advice to Ministers and the Scottish Government on professional matters affecting all 61 disciplines including education, training, regulation and role/service development as well as leading on policy for adult rehabilitation and falls prevention.  She is also convenor of ICHPO, a network of international government officials leading on health profession development.

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Allied Health Professional Consultant, Alzheimer Scotland

My remit in Alzheimer Scotland is to bring the skills of AHPs to the forefront of dementia practice and to share with them the principles and practice of working in a major charity that is dedicated to “making sure nobody faces dementia alone”. I am leading the delivery of commitment 4 of Scotland’s Dementia Strategy. In short, a great job working with great people.


pic-1-ConvertImageLynn Flannigan: Lanarkshire Care Home Liaison Physiotherapist

I am a physiotherapist with over 24 years experience working in a variety of care settings. I am currently Lanarkshire Care Home Liaison Physiotherapist. I am passionate about dementia, falls prevention and active aging



Joy HarrisJoy Harris
SLT,Clinical Lead for Dementia, Lothian

I work in East and Midlothian Psychiatry of Old Age teams seeing people with communication and/ or swallowing problems from the point of diagnosis of Dementia, and at any stage throughout the patient journey as the need arises.


Karin Tancock

Karin Tancock
Professional Adviser for Older People and Long Term Conditions

I provide advice and information to occupational therapists to support best practice and highlight service innovation. I also maintain professional networks with key organisations and government departments and represents the College of Occupational Therapists at key influencing events related to older people and long term conditions.


Jenny ReidJenny Reid
AHP Dementia Consultant (NHS Lothian)

My role involves raising awareness of the contribution AHPs make to helping people with dementia, their families and carers live well and supporting AHP service development, education and evaluation.  The national remit of my role includes producing the Dementia AHPproaches newsletter, leading a national pilot of the Tailored Activity Programme and supporting AHPs in the development of early interventions and supported self management for people living with dementia, their families and carers.


Derek T Barron

Derek T Barron
Associate Nurse Director/Lead Nurse in Ayrshire

Having left the NHS seven months ago (latterly as Associate Nurse Director/Lead Nurse in Ayrshire), I joined Erskine (aka Erskine Hospital) where I continue to work in an area of care that excites me.


Christine Steel

Christine Steel
AHP Consultant, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Christine studied Occupational Therapy in Glasgow. After graduating with a BSc (Hons) degree, she began working as a Basic Grade OT within a busy acute hospital. Since then, Christine has worked in a range of clinical areas including adult community mental health, acquired brain injury & addictions and most recently was employed as a Practice Development Head OT within Glasgow’s North East mental health services (adult & over 65’s). Christine has been on secondment as an AHP Dementia Consultant since August 2010, with a particular focus on the care of people with dementia within acute hospital settings.


Gladys Haining

Gladys Haining
Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultant

I provide professional nursing leadership, strategic direction and expert consultancy on all aspects of clinical nursing practice and care of people with Dementia across NHS Dumfries & Galloway, with a specific remit to develop practice and services in the Acute Care Hospitals. This involves working across professional and organisational boundaries, in partnership and in collaboration with others including service users, carers, health professionals, social work, voluntary sector staff, and local education providers.

Dr Louise Ritchie

Dr Louise Ritchie
Research Fellow, UWS

I am a currently working as a Research Fellow at the University of the West of Scotland on a project focusing on dementia in the workplace. The aim of the project is to examine the experiences of those who develop dementia whilst still in employment, examining the potential for continued employment.

Heather Edwards
Dementia Consultant

I joined the Care Inspectorate in January 2013 as a Dementia Consultant covering all of Scotland. My role is to promote improvement in dementia care and support in all registered care services, making sure that the voice of the person with dementia and their families and carers is at the heart of all that we do. I am an occupational therapist by profession with over 25 years experience working with older people both here in Scotland and America.

Janice McAlister
Dementia Nurse Consultant

Alzheimer Scotland Dementia nurse Consultant working within NHSaaa. I provide professional strategic nursing leadership, research/academic leadership and expert consultancy on all aspects of clinical nursing practice and care of people with dementia across the patient pathway. With a specific remit to support the development of practice and services in the general hospitals. This involves working across professional boundaries, in partnership and in collaboration with others including service users, carers, health professionals, social work, voluntary sector staff and local education providers. I also have a defined research and teaching remit within the University of the West of Scotland.

Sandra Shafii
AHP Dementia Consultant

My current role is to support the Allied Health Professions across Scotland to participate in and contribute to the implementation of Scotland’s National Dementia Strategies. I have a national remit for activity, participation and environment and had a key role in developing Make Every Moment Count. I have also been working with North Lanarkshire Dementia Demonstrator Site and am currently the NHS Lanarkshire Lead for the North Lanarkshire 8 Pillars Model Test Site.


Edith Macintosh
Rehabilitation Consultant, Care Inspectorate

I have been in the role of Rehabilitation Consultant for 4 and a half years. This is an improvement role within the Care Inspectorate funded by the Scottish Government and is a national lead role. I support improvements in the care sector particularly with care homes for older people in areas relating to rehabilitation. Alot of my work also touches care at home services. Some of the areas that I have been particularly involved in are falls prevention and management, person centred care, physical activity and the Go For Gold Challenge Scotland Programme and developing AHP practice placements in care homes for older people.

Ruth Gardner
Team Lead Occupational Therapist, NHS Forthvalley

I work as an Occupational Therapy Team Lead in a Community Mental Health Team for Older Adults within the Falkirk area. As part of my role I work with people who have newly been diagnosed with dementia and their families. I work closely with my Alzheimer Scotland colleagues and do a joint post diagnostic and singing groups with them. I am also involved in dementia training for Allied Health Professional’s in NHS Forth Valley.


Catriona Chapman
Occupational Therapist Intern, Alzheimer Scotland

I have recently graduated in Occupational Therapy from Queen Margaret University. I am now working as an Occupational Therapy Intern, supporting and developing resources for the sustainability of AHP practise placements in Alzheimer Scotland.


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Specialist Dietitian – Mental Health

Gillian graduated as a Dietitian from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh in 2000. Since then she has worked for NHS Lanarkshire initially in acute hospital services and laterally in mental health services. Over the past 10 years she has gained experience in this field and specifically the nutritional care of people with Dementia. She is currently a member of the allied health professional expert group working with Alzheimer Scotland to develop the role of allied health professionals in dementia care.

Gill Smith: @gillyflower78

Sheffield Hallam University occupational therapy graduate 

I was a co-facilitator in the You, Me and Dementia resource, produced by students for students, working with my student colleague Julia-Helen and my occupational therapy lecturer Dr Claire Craig. I recently qualified as an occupational therapist summer 2014. My new (first) post as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, York involves working one-to-one, in groups and over the phone to deliver evidence-based CBT interventions for people with mild to moderate depression and anxiety, drawing on my occupational therapy skills developed during my course and through the dementia resource project.

JHC BSc OTJulia-Helen Collins

Sheffield Hallam University occupational therapy graduate 

I’m from Sheffield Hallam University: currently applying for band 5 positions across the mental health field.


Dr. Claire Craig
Co-director of Lab4Living, Sheffield Hallam University
I am co-director of an inter-disciplinary research lab that brings together Allied Health Professionals, Designers, Artists and Engineers to engage people in designing products, services and in creating solutions to promote quality of life and well-being. To find out more about our work visit



Alison McKean

Alzheimer Scotland AHP Project Lead, Post Diagnostic Support

I am an Occupational Therapist who has worked in the field of dementia for over 14 years.  Over that time, I have seen many changes and am passionate about ongoing developments in Dementia Care.  I am delighted to have recently commenced a part time secondment as the Alzheimer Scotland AHP Project Lead in Post Diagnostic Support.


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Dementia Advisor – North Lanarkshire @hart_lorna

My role is all about supporting people with dementia and their families within their local community ensuring that they are coping and living well. Providing people with the right information at the right time and signpost to appropriate organisations if need be. I thrive on enabling, empowering and encouraging people to plan for the future and to enjoy an active and sociable lifestyle

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AHP Mental Health Lead, NHS Highland


Sarah qualified as occupational therapist in 1984 and has enjoyed a career that has included working overseas in Palestine, Fiji, Mozambique and Bhutan.  Her professional interests are around social inclusion and post graduate studies include exploring social sciences.  Sarah is the Lead for AHPs working in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities in NHS Highland and is based in Inverness . Working with a team of highly motivated AHPs in Highland keeps her on her toes.  Presently Sarah’s personal interests include, recycling, gardening, travelling, swimming and yoga.

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Director: Dementia Friendly Communities CIC


When Andrew and Ann Pascoe became a dementia family in the remote, rural Scottish Highlands, as a direct result of that lonely dementia journey Ann, as wife and carer, become a passionate advocate and campaigner for families affected by dementia to ensure Scotland’s Dementia Strategy reached grass roots; member of Alzheimer Scotland’s National Dementia Carers Action Network (NDCAN); 2012 Churchill Fellow; Founder/Director of Dementia Friendly Communities CIC; and a Trustee of Life Changes Trust.

KirstyKirsty Stanley

Occupational Therapy Student


This is my final year at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, already consolidating my passion for a uniquely influential profession with an ability to influence people’s lives.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the organisation of my placement but there are individuals who have been particularly influential in the experience and will not be forgotten.

Michelle Miller

National Improvement Advisor, Focus on Dementia

@MichelleMillrx @FocusOnDementia

Michelle is the National Improvement Advisor for Focus on Dementia programme at QuEST at Scottish Government.  Michelle works in partnership with key agencies including Joint Improvement Team and Alzheimer Scotland and health and social care practitioners, to provide an improvement infrastructure to support developments in post diagnostic support and testing the 8 pillar model of community support for people with dementia, their carers and families.


UK Training and Development Manager

I have a UK remit to develop and  deliver sight loss and dementia training to health and social service employees, carers and other professions. My role also involves working in partnership to develop suitable resources to support adult with complex needs and sight loss for example top tip cards, dementia and sight loss leaflet the falls practise note.

Shelagh Creegan

Associate AHP Director for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities


As an occupational therapist working in the National Health Service in Scotland, Shelagh has 31 years clinical experience working with adults with severe and enduring mental health conditions.  For the past 10 years, she has been professional lead OT in the Dundee General Adult Psychiatry Service.  Shelagh also has 4 years experience in an overarching strategic AHP leadership role in NHS Tayside’s Mental Health Service.

AndreaAndrea Boyd

Occupational Therapist, NHS Ayrshire and Arran


I am currently on secondment and leading up the project ‘Pocket Ideas…for a moment in time’. I have been an Occupational Therapist for many years, but this is such an exciting opportunity to continue with the development of our person centred tool with the support of my ‘Activity Team’.

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Occupational Therapist, Young Onset Dementia Team, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde


My work involves timely occupational therapy input with the younger person with dementia and their family to live well within their community. In my current role I address self management issues within home, hospital, Care home settings, as well as within the wider community for example, work and/or leisure domain. I provide a consultancy role to OTs within our Board who are looking for specialist working knowledge in dementia care.

My special interest is community connections. During previous posting at NHS Lanarkshire, an occupational therapist  innovatively designed leisure group for ALL older adults was created by me in partnership with other agencies in the community.  This continues to attract around 60 older adults a week to the group and current group leaders are looking into opening the group for an additional day as more older adults want to join in.  This activity group was the venue for launching Scotland’s first National Dementia Strategy.

Music Therapist/Music Therapy Intern


I recently graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a postgraduate Master of Arts degree in Music Therapy. At present I am working with Alzheimer Scotland as a Music Therapist/Music Therapy Intern. I have a key interest in further researching the benefit of music therapy for someone living with dementia. I gained this interest after having a personal experience with a close family friend who had Alzheimer’s disease, I was inspired by her clear motivation when interacting musically with me. This initial experience led me to train as a music therapist.  I hope that throughout my time working with Alzheimer Scotland I can contribute to the growing research around music therapy and dementia care.

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Alzheimer Scotland Reminiscence Networks Project Manager

The various projects use old pictures and memorabilia to stimulate recall, boost self-confidence and self-esteem and improve communication. The social activity engenders a sense of belong to a community of interest. There is a clear therapeutic benefit in the activities and some of the recall can be spectacular.

For details of our reminiscence groups, we have the following:


Adrienne McDermid-Thomas

Alzheimer Scotland AHP Practice Education Facilitator


My role is to build on a programme of work of developing AHP student practice placements, an AHP internship programme and AHP volunteer opportunities in Alzheimer Scotland supporting the aspiration that all allied health professional students are skilled in dementia care on graduation.  I have had some really positive experiences of joint AHP working in the past and am very much looking forward to this further opportunity to work together with AHP colleagues and Alzheimer Scotland to develop ways of working which are sustainable and best suited to meeting the needs of people living with dementia and their carers and families.

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Dementia Advisor


As a dementia advisor I am here to support individuals with dementia, their families and friends through their journey, providing light-touch short-term support and information, signposting and connecting people to peer supports or appropriate services. In Glasgow I will also help local communities to become more dementia-friendly and to increase their capacity to support those living with dementia.


Jenny Keir

Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, NHS Tayside


I am based within the Medicine for Elderly SLT team in Dundee.  We are involved in communication and swallowing assessments across a wide range of conditions both in hospital and in the community.  I’m developing our SLT dementia service.  This involves training, establishing links in new teams, assessment/ therapy and promoting SLT role.

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Dementia Friends Programme Manager, Alzheimer Scotland


Managing a new initiative within Alzheimer’s Scotland. We want to create dementia friends across Scotland. Giving people a little understanding about Dementia which will enable people living with Dementia to live within their community surrounded by understanding people

Pic-3-ConvertImageKirsty Yanik

Alzheimer Scotland’s PR & Information Manager


Kirsty has worked with the organisation for almost nine years. For the past eight years she has led on Alzheimer Scotland’s PR & media activity and has also been closely involved in the charity’s campaigns and general awareness-raising.


Amanda Stears

Lecturer in Physiotherapy,  Queen Margaret University


I am a physiotherapist to trade and am currently lecturing at Queen Margaret University in the Physiotherapy team . With a background in Neurology and Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy I am passionate about those in our society who are often excluded because they are “Misunderstood” or don’t quite fit into that medical box.

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Senior Lecturer, Queen Margaret University


I am responsible for the programme management of the MSc (Post Reg) in Occupational Therapy and I am currently undertaking a PhD exploring occupational therapist’s professional knowledge of alcohol misuse in physical health care settings.


Rebecca Kellett

Speech and Language Therapy Clinical Lead for Dementia in NHS Lothian.


I work in the community with adults with acquired neurological problems, including dementia, and I’m a member of the Alzheimer Scotland AHP dementia expert group. I’m starting a new job with a specialist speech and language therapy team in Lothian working with people with dementia.

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Sheila Duffy

Chief Executive of ASH Scotland


Sheila Duffy MA, Cert.Ed, DipLIS, became Chief Executive of ASH Scotland in January 2008. As such Sheila is responsible for the organisation’s strategic and operational direction. Sheila is the primary spokesperson for the organisation. She regularly provides radio interviews, briefings, and presentations on all issues connected with tobacco and smoking

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Deputy Director of Development

My role is Deputy Director of Development for Alzheimer’s Scotland I am responsible for innovation and development across the organisation, this encompasses future opportunities in housing, technology and expanding the role of Dementia Dog and Dementia Circle to wider audiences. The circle work has expanded tour design of our interior spaces.


Sheila Riddoch,

Lead Dietitian, Acute Services, NHS Grampian

Sheila has worked in the NHS as a dietitian for over 30 years and been responsible for delivering a clinical service within a range of hospital services including Adult Acute Specialties; Continuing Care; Community Hospitals & Mental Health. Specialist areas of practice have been Care of the Elderly, Post Acute Rehabilitation and she has a special interest in Nutritional Support. For the past few years she has had a Lead role in supporting the delivery of good Nutritional Care throughout all hospitals in NHS Grampian, a role she undertakes as part of a core team including  NHS Grampian Nurse Consultant in Nutritional Care & Head of Catering Services.

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Rachel Goode

Occupational Therapist

I have been working with the Dumfries and Galloway OT team for nearly four years, part of my role involves supporting people with dementia to keep doing the things they want and / or need to do in their day to day lives. This includes working with person to help maintain their independence, skills and confidence. As well as my involvement with early intervention and the HBMR programme, I was also part of the pilot group of Occupational Therapists trained in The Tailored Activity Programme.

KariKari Milsom

Occupational Therapy Student


Kari is currently on placement with Alzheimer Scotland and the Dementia Dog team as part of her final degree year via York St John University.  Kari’s substantive post is with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and upon completion of her degree she will be heading up the Applicant Engagement section as Consultant Occupational Therapist for the charity.  As part of the Dementia Dog team, Kari is creating a Tool Kit for the role out of Dementia Dog Days at Alzheimer Scotland resource centres and creating protocols for dogs to be incorporated into therapeutic activities.


Amelia Calvert,

Outreach Manager


As Outreach Manager of Art in Healthcare, I oversee our Outreach Programme, which currently includes a large number of art workshops in a range of health and care related settings. As an Occupational Therapist by training, I am constantly wearing my ‘OT hat’ thinking about how best to run the programme and how to integrate our art workshops into mainstream healthcare where I feel they belong and I am passionate about the link between creativity and health.


Christopher Cousins

Occupational Therapy Intern  


I am an Occupational Therapy Student from Queen Margaret University and am currently working in the role as Occupational Therapy Intern within Alzheimer Scotland working with The Scottish Dementia Working Group and using social media to promote what we are doing. I am in post for June, July and August 2015.
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Occupational Therapist


I recently graduated from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh with a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy. Throughout my studies and my adult life I have had a specific interest in dementia and was lucky enough to complete an internship in 2015 with Alzheimer Scotland, Queen Margaret University and Santander Universities. This internship provided countless opportunities to broaden my knowledge and understanding of dementia and I loved every minute of it. I am currently in the process of becoming an occupational therapy volunteer for Alzheimer Scotland. I hope to secure an occupational therapy position in a dementia-based setting in early 2017, having had some time off with my baby who was born at the end of July this year.


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Mental Health Physiotherapist

I work in the Edinburgh Older Peoples Community Mental Health Team, focusing on supporting people with dementia, depression and anxiety to improve their mobility, balance, confidence and social interaction by working with individuals in their own homes or at the community-based Fit for Life programme.


Catherine Thomas

Head of Fundraising Events and Trusts 


Catherine has worked in fundraising for twelve years and joined Alzheimer Scotland in 2009.   She oversees Alzheimer Scotland’s fundraising activities involving individual supporters, sponsored and community events and charitable trusts.

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Occupational Therapy Professional Manager


I work in NHS Fife Mental Health Occupational Therapy Service where I manage the adult and older adult service across 3 clinical hubs. I have been an Occupational Therapist for 20 years and spent most of that time working older adult mental health services so am passionate about improving services for people with dementia and their families, hence the development of the assessment clinic.

Dr Norma Clark

AHP Clinical Services Manager and Lead OT


I work in NHS Fife Mental Health Occupational Therapy service as the Lead OT. I am also an AHP Clinical Services manager within Fife Mental Health Service. I am always thinking of creative an innovative ways to improve the quality and efficiency of services for people with mental health problems in Fife and together with Lynn, came up with the idea of the cognitive and functional assessment clinic.

IMG_0199Jean Armitage, Policy and Engagement Manager, Alzheimer Scotland


My remit as a Policy and Engagement Manager with Alzheimer Scotland is interesting and varied with four main areas of work – Membership engagement, Representation and policy, Fundraising and Supporting & working with Branches.

For me it is about ensuring people’s views and experiences inform policy makers’ decisions, that voices are listened to at both local and national level and that people are enabled to get involved in the way that suits them.

pic-3-ConvertImageNicola Walker, Alzheimer Scotland AHP (Allied Health Professionals) Student


I am currently a 4th year occupational therapy student at Queen Margaret University. I recently finished an 8-week, role-emerging AHP placement with Alzheimer Scotland.

E-Newman-photoDSC_52901-ConvertImageEvelyn Newman, Nutrition and Dietetics Advisor: care homes NHS Highland


Evelyn Newman holds a unique post working within the adult social care strategic team as the nutrition and dietetics advisor for care homes. She works proactively with the 73 managers across the North Highland area, to support improvements and share good practice in delivering high quality, safe standards of nutritional care to residents and service users. She has been developing social care placements for student dietitians in all care at home settings as well as care homes, which supports the 20:20 vision for a workforce of the future social model of care.

pic 6Niamh Kinsella, PhD student, Alzheimer Scotland and Queen Margaret University


My current role is as a PhD student, completing research into the Tailored Activity Programme for Alzheimer Scotland. My position is a result of the partnership agreement between Alzheimer Scotland and Queen Margaret University which aims to educate allied health professionals to understand the needs of people living with dementia and to work more effectively. My role in PhD research will contribute to the development of an evidence base to support these aims, as well as development of an evidence base for experienced and practicing allied health professionals.

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I am the Physio for the East Lothian Adult Joint Mental Health Team.  I work in the community providing Physiotherapy assessment and interventions to a broad range of people who are in touch with secondary care mental health services.  I also act as specialism lead across East and Midlothian, and work closely with my colleagues in Musculoskeletal, Inpatient and domiciliary Services.

wendyWendy Chambers: Team lead occupational therapist, NHS Dumfries and Galloway


As a team lead occupational therapist in organic services in Dumfries and Galloway (dementia and learning disabilities), I am keen to ensure the services we provide are what people need, of a high quality and making a definate impact to help people and their families live well with dementia in Scotland.


Dr Karen Watchman, Alzheimer Scotland Lecturer in Dementia and Depute Director of the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy & Practice, University of the West of Scotland.


The Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy & Practice is a partnership with University of the West of Scotland conducting applied research and developing education and social enterprise initiatives. As former Chief Executive of Down Syndrome Scotland, I have worked in the field of dementia care and learning disabilities for many years in both practice and academic settings. I have produced a range of accessible and evidence-based information for people with a learning disability and carers including Supporting Derek, and am a member of the programme team delivering the MSc Later Life Studies at UWS.

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I’ve been a Dementia Link Worker for over 3 years providing Post Diagnostic Support in East Ayrshire. I have a particular interest in Technology Enabled Care and the benefits this can have for people living with Dementia.



Evelyn Newman RD, NHS Highland, Nutrition and Dietetic Advisor: care homes,


Evelyn’s role as nutrition and dietetics advisor: care homes, is unique in the UK. She works within NHS Highland’s integrated adult social care team, working at a strategic advisory level, supporting the 73 care homes in the North of Highland. The role is very varied offering: many forms of training; tailored nutrition/hydration advice for care home managers; up to date food, fluid and nutrition policy and resource development and information.

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I work with charities and key stakeholders to build credibility in Medical Nutrition, with an overall vision to have nutrition integral to healthcare.  I joined the BDA Scotland Board in July 2015, where we are all working together to raise the profile of Dietetics in Scotland, supporting our members and leading and shaping new models of Dietetic practice for the future.   I joined NDCAN, National Dementia Carers Action Network Group in June 2015.  In NDCAN, we all have personal experiences of caring for someone with Dementia, and are committed to campaigning and lobbying to improve the lives of those with Dementia and their families.


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Team Manager (Occupational Therapy), West Lothian Council

As a team manager in a Community Occupational Therapy Service my “day job” is to manage and supervise a team of occupational therapists. I enjoy the problem-solving discussions this involves and still even manage to visit a few clients occasionally! I am also part of our internal Dementia Working Group (along with Roz and Kathryn) and last year we successfully delivered the Promoting Excellence: Dementia Skilled training to the occupational therapy team. This training has provided a universal level of understanding for the team, as well as identifying any gaps in knowledge & service delivery. Our Working Group aims to keep the team up-to-date with developments, and promote awareness of dementia among other professionals as well as our clients. We often work with Alzheimer Scotland and the local Memory Treatment Service.

Rachel Bew: IMG_20160628_102236084-ConvertImageOccupational Therapy Intern

I am a post graduate Occupational Therapy student at Queen Margaret University (QMU). I am an Occupational Therapy intern with Alzheimer Scotland, in partnership with QMU, for summer 2016 where I will be working with the Scottish Dementia Working Group to help change the face of dementia and use social media, such as instagram, to raise awareness.


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Marianne graduated from Aberdeen University with a Psychology degree and spent 6 years working with the National Autistic Society. After initially working as a support worker, Marianne was involved in creating and delivering a social communication program called “Transitions”. Marianne has just finished her first year of a MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre Reg) programme at Queen Margaret University and is working as an Occupational Therapy Intern with Alzheimer Scotland. As an Occupational Therapy student her desire is to contribute and be involved with other people’s journeys.


pic-1-ConvertImageCarrie Milligan, Specialist Occupational Therapist


I work in older peoples’ mental health the north east of Glasgow covering two 24 bed dementia assessment ward and a functional assessment wards. Main function of my role is the assessment of patients to aid determination of their future care needs either home or a care home setting. Rehabilitation work with patients and family is undertaken to aid discharge planning.


Caroline Handley, Lead Radiographer / Secretary of Scottish Council of Radiographers

Lead Radiographer within the Imaging Department of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow. I am a Diagnostic Radiographer who on a daily basis ensures the smooth running of the Imaging Department.



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I have been the Chairperson of the SDWG since 2012. At the SDWG we set our aims, objectives and key priorities each year and are involved in many projects to work towards these.


Kirsty Daley

Occupational Therapist

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I recently qualified as an occupational therapist, graduating with a BSc (Hons) in occupational therapy from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in July 2016. I am currently taking a month out to travel around Canada before beginning my first post as a Band 5 community occupational therapist with NHS Lothian, working in older peoples’ mental health.


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Policy Officer, Alzheimer Scotland

Owen works in Alzheimer Scotland within the Policy Team and has previously worked within the Focus on Dementia improvement programme on a seconded basis. His role focuses on stakeholder engagement at a national level, including developments in policy, strategy and legislation by the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government, helping to ensure that they are shaped by the experience and voices of people, their families and carers.

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Occupational Therapy Intern


My name is Nicole Kane I am about to graduate with a degree in Occupational Therapy from Queen Margaret University. I am  with Alzheimer Scotland for 10 weeks and previously completed an 8 week placement in the Motherwell office. I am based at One Sixty in Edinburgh as part of the Public Policy Team and will be working with the Scottish Dementia Working Group to change the image of Dementia.

Aisling Vorster – Music Therapist


Aisling Vorster is a music therapist with NHS Lothian and also works on a freelance basis providing music therapy for individuals, groups and families and carers. She plays the Scottish harp or ‘clarsach’ and also runs music workshops for people with dementia and their carers. Until recently she was chair of the Scottish Music Therapy & Dementia Network and a member of the National Working Group for music therapy and dementia run by the British Association for Music Therapy.

pic-5-convertimageLaura Finnan Cowan: Self-Directed Support Manager


As Alzheimer Scotland’s Self-Directed Support Manager, Laura’s job is to help make it easier for people living with dementia to access Self-Directed Support. Laura can support individual enquiries, give talks and info sessions about Self-Directed Support to groups and provide advice and training to professionals.

pic-5-convertimageGrace Watts – Development Director for the British Association for Music Therapy and practising music therapist in the NHS.


I have recently moved into this post for BAMT and it marks an exciting time in our charity’s development. More people than ever are aware of the positive impact music can have on our lives, and a lot of my role involves working with our membership, stakeholders, and the general public to continue to increase awareness and understanding of music therapy, and develop ways to increase access to music therapy for those who could benefit from it. As part of my role, I have been able to work with colleagues on developing a dementia strategy in partnership with stakeholders, primarily focusing on integrating the use of music therapy in dementia care.

pic-4-convertimagePolly Bowler, music therapist in dementia care and trustee of the British Association for Music Therapy

Polly completed her Masters in Music Therapy at Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2011. She has been working full-time with people with Dementia for Methodist Homes (MHA) since January 2012. A keen member of the BAMT dementia network and a member of the recently formed BAMT national working group for dementia and music therapy, she is passionate about raising awareness of the efficacy of music and music therapy for people with dementia. She has also worked with adults with learning disabilities in the community setting. 

pic-6-convertimageYvonne Ashworth: Occupational Therapy Student


I am a post graduate occupational therapy student at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.  My first degree is in Communication Studies which I gained from Queen Margaret over 18 years ago. After working for over 15 years in Public Services I decided it was time for a change and wanted to work in a role where I was in a position to help people which also offered variety and challenges and decided Occupational Therapy was perfect fit.  It’s definitely been the right decision and I think it’s a fascinating and worthwhile field of study and work and have really enjoyed developing my skills whilst on placement with Alzheimer Scotland.

As part of the conference I also attended the Interdem Academy Master class: ‘Involving people with dementia as advisors to your research. You can find out about Interdem here

pic-6-convertimageBecky Field: Occupational Therapist

I am an occupational therapist and worked in community brain injury rehab before completing an MSc Clinical Research in 2012. As a researcher my role involves recruiting people with dementia and their family carers and carrying out interviews (outcome measures) that will be used to help evaluate the effectiveness of the occupational therapy intervention. I also help manage the study at the Sheffield site, ensuring clinical trial procedures are adhered to, and helped run and analyse focus groups with people with dementia and their family carers, that helped develop the intervention.

pic-4-convertimageJonathan Jones: Stakeholder Communications Manager 


Jonathan leads on stakeholder engagement activity across the UK. A requirement to engage and communicate with our stakeholders is set out in our legislation and in our organisational strategy. Our work includes monitoring legislative developments, working with employers of HCPC registered professionals and communicating our standards to our registrants, service users, carers and their families.

pic-3-convertimageEd Muirhead

Ed is a singer, songwriter and musician. He is a second year student at Queen Margaret University, working towards a Master of Science in Music Therapy. Ed is on placement at Alzheimer Scotland one day per week for the full academic year.

Ed can be contacted on twitter @ed_sings


Michelle  Portfolio Lead, Focus on Dementia, Improvement Hub, Healthcare Improvement Scotland @MichelleMillrx

Julie is an unpaid carer for her mum who has dementia and a member of Dementia Friendly Prestwick Steering Group as a volunteer @Julie_Twaddell




Alison Long

I am a Band 6 Occupational Therapist in the Older Adults Mental Health Service, based at Stratheden Hospital in Cupar, Fife. I work as part of a small team with two other Occupational Therapists and two Support Workers. Together we provide Occupational Therapy assessment and intervention to three inpatient wards at Stratheden Hospital  and also provide community input to North East Fife, from Falkland to Newport-on-Tay.

FullSizeRender.jpgElizabeth Crockett: Occupational Therapy Intern


I am currently pursuing my MSc (pre reg) Occupational Therapy degree at Queen Margaret University (Anticipated completion in August 2018). I have previously completed my Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Honours) from the University of Alberta, Canada. For the summer of 2017, I will be working with Alzheimer’s Scotland and the Scottish Dementia Working Group to reduce the stigma surrounding dementia and to highlight the contribution that occupational therapists can make in enabling people with dementia and their carers to lead meaningful lives.


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