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Scotland's Dementia Awards 2017 winners announced


Media Release from Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Health Scotland, The Scottish Social Services Council and NHS Education for Scotland

The winners of Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2017 have been announced at a ceremony held on World Alzheimer’s Day, 21 September, at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel.

Scotland’s Dementia Awards, a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council, sets out to recognise the incredible difference that creative and innovative projects are making to the lives of people with dementia.

Now in their 6th year, the Awards feature five best practice categories including; Acute Care, Community Support, Dementia Friendly Community, Innovation in Continuing Care and Innovative Partnership. For more information about the Awards visit or join the conversation at #SDA17.

A special Lifetime Achievement Award was presented on the day to Henry Rankin for his outstanding contribution and tireless campaigning as chair of the Scottish Dementia Working Group.

The winners of Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2017 are:

  • Best Acute Care Initiative: NHS Forth Valley - ‘Improving the journey for people with dementia in the acute hospital setting - a collaborative approach’
  • Best Community Support Initiative: The Active Aberdeen Partnership, The Foundry, Aberdeen Health and Social Care Partnership, Alzheimer’s Scotland and M&S Bank -‘Boogie at the Bar’
  • Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative: Alzheimer Scotland and Tesco Forres – ‘Relaxed Checkout’
  • Best Innovation in Continuing Care: NHS Ayrshire and Arran with Onside Ayrshire Community Resource - ‘GAME’
  • Most Innovative Partnership:Alzheimer Scotland and HMP Shotts – ‘Dementia Awareness within HMP Shotts’
  • Lifetime achievement award: Henry Rankin 

Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, said:

“It is fitting that we are celebrating the wonderful contribution that individuals and teams have made across the dementia care sector on World Alzheimer’s Day. This year’s winners have raised the bar, yet again, and I am delighted to see everyone congratulated for their efforts to support people living with dementia and their families.

“A big thank you to everyone who played their part in this year’s awards to make the programme the continued success it is and I look forward to the coming year as we look to strengthen the awards programme and recognise the outstanding work, care, innovation and services across Scotland.”

Scotland’s Dementia Awards showcase the creativity, innovation and dedication that make a real difference to the daily lives of people with dementia and their families across Scotland when organisations, groups and teams work together. For further information about Scotland’s Dementia Awards and of the 2018 programme please visit


For further press information please contact:

Alzheimer Scotland
Elaine Nixon,
PR Manager
0131 514 0013
07900 498223

Scottish Social Services Council
Lorraine Wakefield,
Senior Communications Officer
01382 317922

NHS Health Scotland 
Vivienne Wilson,
Senior Communications and Engagement Officer
0141 414 2861 

NHS Education for Scotland
Mary-Jo O'Brien
Corporate Communications Manager
Tel. 0131 656 3213

Notes for editors:

Scotland’s Dementia Awards

The Awards, 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 boasts six different categories including a special Lifetime Achievement award given out each year.Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2017 have five categories: Best Acute Care Initiative, Best Community Support Initiative, Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative, Best Innovation in Continuing Care, Most Innovative Partnership. For more information visit

Alzheimer Scotland

  • There are around 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.