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Specialist team at State Hospital shortlisted for Nursing Times Award

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A specialist team at the State Hospital, Carstairs has been shortlisted in the Nursing Times Awards for their head, heart and hand approach to dementia work.The team, alongside colleagues from the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), is nominated for the Nursing in Mental Health Award for enhancing care for people who are ageing with mental disorders and dementia in a high secure setting.

Nominated for developing an innovative programme of training during the first COVID-19 lockdown in 2020, the training enabled 26 staff to support patients with dementia in the State Hospital, based in rural South Lanarkshire.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

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