The Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership (EHSCP), Police Scotland, Alzheimer Scotland and Scottish Care are working in partnership to implement the Herbert Protocol across 4 locality areas in Edinburgh by the summer of 2019.
The Herbert Protocol is specifically designed to help Police officers search for people living with a dementia diagnosis, who may be at risk of going missing.
The Herbert Protocol is an information gathering tool that encourages carers and families to record vital information about the person with dementia, on a standardised form. This can be handed to police in the event of someone going missing.
It helps police to quickly access important information, avoiding unnecessary delays in gathering this at a time of crisis. The form records vital information such as where the person grew up, favourite places, former or current hobbies, GP contact details, medication, daily routine, a picture of the person, and includes consent to share this on social media should it be required.
Once complete, the form can be retained by family carers, or placed within the home or care setting in a safe but prominent position, so the information is easily available to police when required.