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On Wednesday 1st November two wards in NHS Fife became classified 'Playlist for Life Establishments'.

To obtain this status a team of healthcare staff undertook a training course with the Playlist for Life charity and implemented individualised music for patients with dementia on their ward.

Sally Magnusson (TV presenter and journalist) and founder of Playlist for Life presented the two teams with their award, along with Dr Brian Robson (Medical Director of Healthcare Improvement Scotland).

The two wards are:

  • Ward 1 St Andrews Hospital: Donna Low, Tracy Hunter, Doreen Millar and Caroline Peffers
  • Ward 5 Queen Margaret Hospital: Senga Draper, Johan Greenaway, Lyndsay McElroy and Iona McMillan

The benefits of Playlist for Life

There is growing scientific evidence of the ways individualised music can help people living with dementia:

  • Evoking memories, promting conversation and strengthening relationships
  • Grounding people and restoring a 'sense of self' if someone becomes confused
  • Improving mood and awareness
  • Brings carers closer to the person they care for, understanding their life story and getting to know their rhythms and moods better, promoting truly person-centred care
  • Strengthens connections between family members and professional carers as they work together on a person's playlist

To learn more about Playlist for Life please see their website

A further four wards are currently undertaking the training:

  • Ward 6 (Queen Margeret Hospital
  • Balgonie Ward (Cameron Hospital)
  • Ward 1 (Glenrothes Hospital)
  • Bayview Ward (Stratheden Hospital)

For further information or to donate an old iPod or an iTunes voucher please contact Helen Skinner (Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultant) on or 01592 643355 x28429