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SAGE Publications, Dementia

DOI: 10.1177/1471301216631448

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The role of Dementia Champion in dementia care: Its aspirations, development and training needs (innovative practice)

Journal article published in 2016 by Andrea Mayrhofer, Claire Goodman ORCID, Nigel Smeeton
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Background The conceptualisation and development of the role of Dementia Champions in clinical practice is ongoing, and dementia specific training has a significant impact on the scope of the role. Aim This survey aimed to elicit Dementia Champions’ views on their role and associated training needs. Methods Data were collected via an online survey. Findings Of 188, 34 Dementia Champions (response rate 18%) participated. Most perceived dementia awareness training as useful, but limited. Areas suggested for further development were context specific skills training, education programmes that were formally recognised, and clarification around the expectations of the role. Conclusion Expectations of ‘champion roles’ in dementia need to be re-visited, specifically in relation to the remit of the role and the level of education, preparation and support required for Dementia Champions to become change agents in dementia care.