An employee of East Dunbartonshire Council has become the area’s first ever social work Dementia Champion.
Sylvia Rossi, who works as part of the council’s Older People Team, was one of eighteen Dementia Champions across Scotland to receive their certificates from the Scottish Social Services Council at a graduation ceremony in Edinburgh last month.
She will now help drive forward positive changes to care, treatment and support for people with dementia and their families and carers in East Dunbartonshire.
Sylvia said: “This was the first year that the course had been broadened out to include professionals form social work.
“However, as 98 per cent of my case work in the Older People Team is with people living with dementia it is important that professionals within social work are now being represented in the National Dementia Programme.
“This qualification has, and will continue to, raise the profile of people with dementia and the need to continue to place people with dementia at the centre of care provision.”
The course involved training days at the University of the West of Scotland, a placement day in the community in a setting that supports people with dementia as well as participation in work-based learning activities.
Convener of social work, Councillor Michael O’Donnell, said: “I admire the dedication shown by Sylvia, who has gone the extra mile to enhance her knowledge and skills.
“She will now play an important role in improving the care experience for people with dementia and their families and carers in East Dunbartonshire.
“The Older People Team has been progressive and influential in leading the implementation of person-centred social work practice with residents living with dementia by working in partnerships with families, communities and third sector colleagues.
“The overall goal is to ensure people with dementia experience improved interaction, care and support by working with skilled practioners who work positively and respectfully with them.”