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At this year’s annual conference, Alzheimer Scotland National AHP Consultant, Elaine Hunter, will be sharing the work of the Allied Health Professionals who are integrating Scotland’s new AHP policy, Connecting People, Connecting Support into practice. Elaine talks about why she will be at this year’s conference and how she is looking forward to connecting with colleagues and friends:

I am delighted to be hosting a conference stand at this year’s Alzheimer Scotland Annual Conference where we will have an “AHP market stall” sharing information on who Allied Health Professional are, raise awareness about our new AHP policy, ‘Connecting People, Connecting Support’ and answer any questions conference delegates may have.

You can join us at our “AHP market stall” and ask us a question about falls prevention, eating well and keeping active and independent. Or perhaps you have questions about communication or are looking for tips for making small changes to your home environment – no matter your query, we will have allied health professionals waiting to answer your questions or help you find someone who can.

We will also be sharing a range of posters to show how we are implementing the AHP policy to local AHP practice. Our posters will share that no service, profession or group of professions can transform dementia services alone. Health and social care services are much more effective when they are coordinated, integrated and working in tandem with people living with dementia and Connecting People, Connecting Support calls for a multidisciplinary, multi-sectoral approach in which allied health professionals in Scotland can and must play a unique part.

I also have my own reasons for being at the annual conference. We have a strong dementia policy platform in Scotland, with many amazing and creative practitioners, doing fabulous work and I love listening to the range of speakers from both policy and practice.

This year the conference surrounds the idea of making sure nobody faces alone and for me, the event’s atmosphere really reflects this. One of my highlights from last year was the chance to have blethers with colleagues from across Scotland and spending time with the National Dementia Carers Action Network and the Scottish Dementia Working Group.

The day really brings home that when we all work together, we can aspire to make sure nobody faces dementia alone in Scotland. I hope you come along and find out more about the work of Allied Health Professionals or connect with others in the sector. Make sure to pop by the AHP market stand and have a blether, pick up some information about how we can help.

You can find out more about the work of Elaine and other AHPs committed to supporting people living with dementia through the AHP Dementia blog or on Twitter via @AHPDementia.

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