The Dementia Friends initiative is about giving people an understanding of dementia and the small things that could make a difference to people living with dementia in their community. It has been developed by the Alzheimer’s Society, is supported by Public Health England (PHE) and forms part of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia.
The aim of the scheme is: "On the day of the review, 80% of all pharmacy staff working in patient facing roles are trained Dementia Friends"
This is an important scheme within pharmacies as more and more pharmacists are facing patients with some form of dementia. A lot the major chains have adopted this accreditation as essential criteria for some shifts and we therefore encourage locums to complete the training.