First Huntington’s Disease Care Qualification Launched

The University of Stirling will host the UK’s first degree level module for those supporting people living with Huntington’s disease (HD).

Devised by the Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA) in collaboration with Stirling University’s School of Applied Social Science, the module entitled ‘HD: An enabling approach to supporting families’ will be available as a continuous professional development qualification.

Please click here for more information about the launch.

This module is due to commence in September 2014, with the application system opening in due course. To register your interest and for more information please contact Gillian Hardisty at or on (01786) 467746

Background Information:

  • The SHA is a Scottish charity established by families living with HD in the late 1980’s in response to a lack of support services.
  • There are now nine specialist HD support teams around the country providing families with information and advice about all aspects of the disease, able to assess support needs and co-ordinate the care they need.
  • Children of people diagnosed with HD have themselves 50/50 chance of developing the condition and the Association also has three specialist youth advisors to counsel those potentially living with the disease.
  • SHA also supports a network of family branches which are run by family members for family members, and provide information and peer support