Nursing Older People Award finalist: Shirley Law

Nursing Older People Award finalist: Shirley Law

Head of learning and development, Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling

As a senior charge nurse and carer for a family member, Shirley recognised that nursing and support staff wanted to do better for people with dementia, but didn’t know how to go about improving their practice. So she designed, wrote and developed a self-study programme: Best Practice in Dementia Care. Six workbooks cover every aspect of psychological and clinical care, including person-centred care, building meaningful relationships, communication and behaviour, support for family and carers, and health and wellbeing. A trained group facilitator supports participants, holding regular group meetings to discuss topics raised in the modules. More than 8,000 people have completed the programme.

Picture credit: Mike Wilkinson

The Nursing Older People Award is supported by Nursing Older People and sponsored by Hallmark Care Homes.

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