Compliance management system provider QCS has appointed Jackie Pool as Dementia Care Champion.
A leading dementia specialist, Jackie (pictured) was previously Director of Memory Care at Sunrise Senior Living.
Mat Whittingham, QCS’s CEO and Co-Founder, said: “We’re delighted and honoured to welcome Jackie to the QCS team. Jackie is one of the UK’s leading experts in developing real-world strategies that can make a profound difference to people living with dementia.”
As Dementia Care Champion, Jackie will play an integral role in helping QCS to create a progressive best practice dementia strategy for health and social care providers. This will see QCS helping Jackie to develop her Pool Activity Level (PAL) Instrument. The PAL Instrument is a cognitive ability assessment tool developed by Jackie who has almost 40 years’ experience of working in frontline dementia care.
Mat added: “As the UK’s leading provider of care guidance and compliance content, our ambition is to help Jackie to take her research to new heights, and to use QCS’s extensive reach to make the PAL framework accessible to as many professionals as possible. This is another example of our goal to help care providers go beyond regulatory standards to provide the best possible care.”
Jackie said: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining QCS. Having dedicated all of my career to trying to improve the lives of those living with dementia, QCS has given me a once in a lifetime opportunity to further develop the PAL framework. With at least 70% of UK care home residents living with some form of dementia, or presenting with other cognitive difficulties, I believe that together we will help a greater number of care providers to deliver even more effective care and support to those who need it most. I’m looking forward to getting started.”