Kate Fearnley (UK)

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Kate Fearnley is Deputy Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, Scotland's leading dementia charity, which provides services and campaigns for the interests of people with dementia and their families and carers, with the active involvement of people with dementia and carers.

Kate leads Alzheimer Scotland’s service provision across Scotland. Alzheimer Scotland has over 1,000 staff, and provides day services and 1:1 support to almost 2,000 people each week. It also has a workforce of 65 Dementia Link Workers providing post-diagnostic support in line with the Scottish Government’s National Health Service (NHS) target of a year’s support for everyone diagnosed with dementia. Alzheimer Scotland fundraises to provide a Dementia Nurse Consultant in each Scottish Health Board, a 24 hour Dementia Helpline, to fund research and to provide a network of 31 Dementia Advisors. Alzheimer Scotland. It also offers community therapeutic and peer supports including dementia cafes, football reminiscence groups, music groups and other activities.

Kate first joined Alzheimer Scotland in 1991 and has held a range of posts including Information Manager, Policy Director, Health and Community Care Director and Director of Personalisation. Kate has previously worked for Sustrans, a sustainable transport organisation, for Citizens’ Advice Scotland and in the HIV/AIDS field.

Kate was closely involved in the design of Alzheimer Scotland’s 5 Pillars Model of Post-diagnostic Support and 8 Pillars Model of Community Support.

She is the author of publications including Coping with dementia: a practical handbook for carers and Facing dementia: how to live well with your diagnosis published by NHS Health Scotland.