The Wallace Monument was the stunning backdrop as our chair, Sally Magnusson, awarded eight Playlist for Life plaques on Wed 1st November.

Sally, along with Playlist for Life chief executive Sarah Metcalfe, and training officer Paula Bain, were delighted to join Brian Robson, Medical Director of Healthcare Improvement Scotland at a gathering of NHS Specialist Dementia Units from across Scotland, many of whom are enthusiastically rolling out Playlist for Life in their establishments.

It was a day where many wonderful stories of the power of personal music were shared. Once again, we heard how the implementation of PfL has empowered staff to make a real difference to the lives of the people they care for and their families. Whether it be the reduction in the need for medication, communicating and engaging more with staff or reconnecting with loved ones, everyone in attendance played a role in making their projects a success.

The dementia units present reported an “obvious and positive impact on anxiety” and big improvements in reducing distress and aggression. The team from NHS Forth Valley also reported how beneficial adopting Playlist for Life had been for staff and discussed the “rewarding experiences had by all involved.”

As HIS’s Improvement Hub tweeted “Job well done to all the dementia units that have shared their @PlaylistForLife stories today! you’ve been inspirational!”

We were delighted to have the opportunity to work in partnership with Healthcare Improvement Scotland. With their support we delivered three cohorts of certified training earlier this year across many of the NHS Boards in Scotland. We are looking forward to much fruitful collaboration in future to help improve the lives and relationships of people with dementia, their loved ones, and carers.