Connecting People, Connecting Support

After World Alzheimer Day on the 22nd September, we hosted a one day conversation celebrating the best in Supported Self-Management for people with dementia and co-creating the future direction. In this week’s blog we will share with you what we did that day, including a launch of a publication, live stream presentations, posters, structuring the day around appreciative inquiry and interviewed delegates. During the day we kept talking about dementia and we hope you enjoy some of the resources we have developed as a result of the day.

Launching a publication

Our first speaker for the day was Jacqui Lunday Johnston launched our second publicationAllied Health Professionals Delivering Post-Diagnostic Support: Living Well with Dementia”. Click here to access a copy of the publication.


Four Presentations

The day included presentations from

  • Jacqui Lunday Johnston , Scottish Government @JacquiCHPO
  • Dr Claire Craig, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Peter, David & Carol, Scottish Dementia Working Group @S_D_W_G
  • Amy Dalrymple, Alzheimer Scotland @alzscot


You can view all the presentations here.

Co-Create the Future Direction

To enable us to celebrate whilst “co-create the future direction” of post diagnostic support, we structured the day on the principles of appreciative inquiry, inviting all participants to capture their thoughts and consider these questions:

  • When supported self -management really works, what kinds of things happen for you and the person with dementia?
  • Walk 12 months down the line and imagine that supported self-management exceed the expectations of everyone, draw that picture, describe that vision, communicate those emotions, define those outcomes
  • What one thing can you do tomorrow to start this journey
  • What would you put in place around supported self-management if you Knew success was guaranteed?


Delegate Interviews

Here is what our delegates thought of the day

Here is who they are:

  • Jacqui Lunday Johnston, CHPO, Scottish Government
  • Dorothy Hathaway, podiatrist, NHS Fife
  • Fiona Roberts, link worker, Alzheimer Scotland,
  • Rebecca Kellet, speech and language therapist, NHS Dumfries and Galloway
  • Ylva Champion, occupational therapist, NHS Highland
  • Joanna Payne, occupational therapist, NHS Ayreshire and Arran
  • Lynne Douglas, AHP Director, NHS Lothian
  • Alison Groat, AHP Post Diagnostic Project Lead, Alzheimer Scotland
  • Prof Maggie Nicol, Chair of the Alzheimer Scotland AHP Expert Group
  • Dr Norma Clark, AHP Mental Health lead, NHS Fife

The names in purple also at contributors to the AHP Publication


Your Reflection

Peter on the day shared with us, “crucial thing is early support because it helps you to adapt, helps you to make choices, to make decisions………


From reviewing all the resources we have shared in this blog, what has been the most relevant for you? We would love to hear your views.









Photo Gallery from the day and still more to be added

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