Alzheimer Scotland June/July newsletter

From Michael Huddleston, Dementia Adviser

Today Alzheimer Scotland Mid and East Lothian are sharing our latest newsletter for June/July. Our newsletter will now be published bi-monthly to keep the people we work with and who support us up-to-date with the how we are adapting and delivering our services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Next week (1st-7th June) – is Dementia Awareness Week. Under the circumstances we have had to scale back our planned events and activities but hope you can join us at various points across the week to enjoy online performances, to find out information, or by tapping into our support services for people living with dementia and their carers. See the full programme here.

In the newsletter you will read that we are distributing “Art by Post”, an initiative started by the Southbank Centre to encourage the sharing of creativity during lockdown. The first pack – focused on poetry – is attached here, and we are encouraging people to send us their compositions for a future exhibition.

1st-7th June is also Volunteer Week; and 8th-14th Carers’ Week. Our newsletter highlights the activities we will be doing to mark both.

Stay safe, keep in touch.

Michael Michael Huddleston
Dementia Adviser  | Edinburgh & Lothians  | 0131 654 1114  | 07831 859490 
Alzheimer Scotland, 3 Edinburgh Road, Dalkeith, EH22 1LA

From today’s Care Inspectorate Provider update

Nursing and Midwifery Council response to the pandemic

The NMC’s Covid-19 stakeholder pack, which summarises key information about its response to the pandemic, has been updated. You can access it here.

The updates made to the pack this week are:

  • Information about arrangements for overseas candidates for registration
  • Updated temporary register data.

Digital Health & Care Learning Network – 2020 webinars

As part of its knowledge exchange activities, each year the Scottish Government Technology Enabled Care & Digital Health Care Innovation team hosts the multidisciplinary Learning Network day.

This year, in place of an in-person event they have organised a range of webinars taking place 25-29 May 2020.

Find out more here.

COVID-19 information on NHS inform in alternative formats

NHS 24/Inform is providing alternative formats to help people with communication differences access COVID-19 information:

The Browsealoud tool helps users access information on NHS inform by: reading this aloud, highlighting and magnifying text, creating audio files. Find out more here:

Brand new communication channels

We’ve developed new tools, giving people a choice of how to get the COVID-19 information they need:

  • chat bot: ask COVID questions directly on the website: This is an automated service. Users who can’t find the information they need will be offered the option to start a webchat
  • NHS 24 COVID app: available to download free from the App Store and Google Play. This includes the COVID-19 symptom checker and COVID-19 information from NHS inform
  • webchat: option offered to people who call the COVID helpline (0800 028 2816)
  • voice bot: automated voice option lets people who don’t use the internet access the coronavirus
  • self-help guide. This is available by phoning the NHS inform helpline (0800 22 44 88)

Getting COVID-19 information over the phone

People with communication differences can access the COVID-19 helpline (and all other NHS 24 phone services) in a number of ways:

  • people whose first or preferred language is not English can use Language Line (a free over the phone interpreting service). Find out more here:
  • D/deaf and Deafblind British Sign Language (BSL) users can use contact SCOTLAND-BSL (a free BSL interpreting video relay service). Find out more here:
  • people with hearing and speech differences can use Relay UK (a national relay service accessible via textphone or the Relay UK app). Find out more here:

See toolkit here.

Phased return?

Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis

‘As I said last week, we can’t live this way forever. We all want to get back to some semblance of normality – whether that’s seeing our friends and family, getting back to work or school, or just being able to spend our free time in the way we want to.

‘This document sets out the steps that will take us there. It doesn’t have all the answers and it doesn’t set exact timescales. That’s because we are still learning about the virus. We will have to move carefully and gradually to ensure we keep it under control and develop the best ways of doing so.’

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland

Read the Route Map document here.

Scottish Government have agreed approach to supporting social care sector

From David J Kennedy, COSLA

COSLA Leaders and Scottish Government have agreed an approach to supporting the social care sector to ensure that reasonable additional costs will be met.

Commenting following a meeting of COSLA’s Leadership Sounding Board COSLA’s Health and Social Care Spokesperson Councillor Stuart Currie said:

“Council Leaders are clear that ensuring the social care sector remains sustainable is a key priority for Local Government.  This agreement and the initial payment of £50 million announced by the Scottish Government last week will allow Health and Social Care Partnerships to continue to support the social care sector to respond to COVID 19.”

The principles can be found on the COSLA website here