Scotland's Dementia Awards 2017 Launch - Search Begins for Scotland's most creative dementia projects
Media Release from Alzheimer Scotland, Scottish Social Services Council, NHS Health Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland.
Scotland’s Dementia Awards launch today, 29 January 2017, to celebrate and recognise projects and the people behind them who are going the extra mile to support people living with dementia and their families across Scottish communities.
The Awards scheme, a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council, is now in its 6th year and is calling on people to put their favourite projects into the national limelight to inspire others.
With six different categories and a special Lifetime Achievement title awarded each year, the Awards recognise the country’s most innovative and ambitious projects. By showcasing creative approaches from policy to practice, the awards reward improvements and highlight the dedication of people supporting those living with dementia and their families and carers.
Henry Simmons, Alzheimer Scotland’s Chief Executive, commented:
“Scotland’s Dementia Awards now has a firmly established tradition of celebrating the passion and dedication of those who work to support people living with dementia and their families in services and projects up and down the country.
“We hope that 2017 will be our biggest celebratory year yet and we invite people from all sectors including health, social services and education, and also from the wider public, to enter and help us shine the spotlight on Scotland’s best dementia projects.
“As well as showcasing creativity and innovation, the awards really celebrate good ideas, meaningful partnerships and acknowledge the people and colleagues working together to help us improve the day to day lives of people living with dementia across our communities, from the Scottish borders to the Highlands and Islands.”
Angela Mitchell, Deputy Director of Soil Association Scotland, joint-winner of last year’s Most Innovative Partnership Award category alongside Inch View Care Home, says:
“We weren’t sure what would happen when we entered Scotland’s Dementia Awards – we were confident that we had a great story but we didn’t know if we stood a chance against some of the bigger health care projects.
“I was absolutely delighted when Inch View Care Home won the prestigious award for their innovative efforts - we were so pleased to have played a part in it. As a Scottish food and farming charity, we would love to see these kinds of activities become a normal part of older peoples’ care right across Scotland. We look forward to developing further partnerships in this important area of work to make this a reality.
“We’d recommend entering the Awards to anyone, no matter how big or small the project and community – it was such a worthwhile experience and we’re so glad we were part of the celebrations in 2016.”
Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2017 have six categories: Best Acute Care Initiative, Best Community Support Initiative, Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative, Best Educational Initiative, Best Innovation in Continuing Care, Most Innovative Partnership.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honour to the person who daily lives out his or her commitment to dementia and is chosen by a panel of experts. Awarded to Margaret Brown from the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) in 2016, Margaret was presented with the title for her outstanding commitment to the field of dementia care; from inspiring further generations through her work with the student nurses, right through to aiding current best practice with her research, publications and delivery of various training courses, and the key role she has played in developing and delivering Scotland’s National Dementia Champions Programme.
The entrants that make it to the shortlist of Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2017 will go on to attend an awards ceremony held at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel on 21st September 2017 - World Alzheimer’s Day.
People and projects can enter the Awards at www.ScotlandsDementiaAwards.org.uk. Entries must be received by 5pm on 31 March 2017.
Notes for editors:
There are 90,000 people in Scotland with some form of dementia. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, followed by vascular dementia.
The number of people in Scotland with dementia is set to double within a generation. As yet, there is no cure.
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