Dumfries & Galloway Health & Social Care

Interventions in Dementia, Education, Assessment and Support (IDEAS)

The IDEAS team (Interventions in Dementia, Education, Assessment and Support) is made up of the following staff:

  • Specialist Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Team Administrator

What We Do

The IDEAS team provides specialist support to teams within the mental health directorate, working with people who have dementia and behaviours associated with stress and distress. This support can be:

  • Specialist advice
  • Training and education
  • Specialist assessment and consultation

Please see leaflets below for more information

IDEAS Leaflet

How to CEASE Stress and Distress Leaflet


A training program is available for all staff working with people with dementia across health, social work and the voluntary sector within Dumfries and Galloway.

Please see the training calendar below. To book a place on any of the training courses – please contact the team.

Training order

The Herbert Protocol

The “Herbert Protocol” Missing Vulnerable Person Incident Form is designed to make sure if someone goes missing, the police can get access to important information about that person as soon as possible. We know this can be a very emotional time for those involved, and being asked by a police officer to recall all sorts of different information can add to this distress. These forms, and the information they contain, are designed to help a rapid and appropriate response. 

The form should be completed by the individual(s) who are most familiar with the person named in the document and should be updated as necessary, so that the information is as current as possible. When the form is completed, it should be kept in a prominent position and handed to the police only in the event of the person going missing. It will be used to help the police find the person as soon as possible and nothing more.

For more information click on the following links:

Herbert Protocol Poster

Information Sheet

Missing Vulnerable Person Incident Form

Herbert Protocol Symbol Supported Version

Consultation & Contact Details

The IDEAS team can only accept requests for consultation work for patients already under the responsibility of teams within the Mental Health Directorate. However, any staff member can contact the service for advice.

If you are concerned about a family member with dementia experiencing stress and distress, please contact your GP or other professional involved such as CPN or Social Worker. Also consider useful contacts below.

The IDEAS team are based at:

Mountainhall Treatment Centre
Bankend Road

Telephone: 01387 244 126
Email: dg.IDEAS@nhs.scot

Alzheimer’s Scotland 24 hour dementia helpline:-
Freephone 0808 808 3000