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The first Scottish Brain Health and Dementia Research Strategy
Created: 02/08/2021, Updated: 03/08/2021
The first Scottish Brain Health and Dementia Research Strategy was launched on Thursday 08 July. Prepared by Alzheimer Scotland, The Scottish Dementia Research Consortium and Brain Health Scotland, the strategy sets the direction of travel for research in Scotland by defining key areas with strategic actions.
The foundation of the strategy comes from an appreciation that if meaningful research is research that is driven by people’s needs, then it is vital that conversations take place between people and researchers.
The strategy recommends four key actions:
Brain health and dementia research boards should be developed locally within NHS boards to pursue the local research agenda in relation to dementia and brain health. Representatives from these local boards should come together to form a national forum to provide strategic oversight.
The national forum will provide a rapid research-review service to create a process that facilitates rapid translation of research into practice – we’ve learned from Covid 19 that it doesn’t have to take years to get research findings into practice, we can move quicker.
A national scoping review should be undertaken to investigate the current situation regarding research careers in brain health and dementia in Scotland. This will identify bottlenecks and barriers that obstruct research careers in brain health and dementia at all levels. The findings of the review will help facilitate progression to more senior career levels.
A strategy oversight board will be established to take responsibility for monitoring and supporting implementation of the strategy across Scotland.
You can read more details of this launch and the strategy itself here