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Scotland's leading dementia projects recognised in Awards shortlist


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

Scotland’s Dementia Awards, a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council, has announced the finalists for their 7th annual Awards. The annual Awards programme sets out to celebrate the inspirational achievements of those making a difference for people living with dementia and their families. 

Rigorously judged by a panel of leading social service, third sector and health professionals alongside people with dementia and carers, the Awards celebrate creative approaches and collaboration, innovation and best practice in all aspects of information, advice and care. 

The Awards will culminate in a prestigious ceremony staged during World Alzheimer’s Month on 20 September at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel. Tickets to attend the event are available, visit for further details. 

Henry Simmons, Alzheimer Scotland’s Chief Executive, on behalf of the partners, said:

“These awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise the great achievements of projects and teams involved in dementia care and support across Scotland. 

“We are thrilled to see so many positive collaborations taking place, helping to address stigma, break down barriers and ensure that nobody faces dementia alone. We look forward to celebrating the work of all our finalists and winners on the day.”

Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2018 finalists are:

Best dementia friendly community initiative

  • Musical MemoriesSpringburn – a combined partnership involving Springburn Parish Church, Ashgill Care Home, Stobhill Care Home, Abbeyfield House Care Home, Belmont Assessment Centre.
  • Relaxed CommunityCinema – a combined partnership involving Dementia Friendly Prestwick, South Ayrshire Council, Lairds of Troon.
  • The Stonehouse Jubilee Club.

Best community support initiative

  • Bridging the gap between acute and community care – a combined partnership between NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Alzheimer Scotland and the University of the West of Scotland.
  • Dementia Woodlands Activities – a combined partnership between Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust, Canalside Day Centre and Fairmilehead Singing Group. 

Best educational initiative

  • Enhancing inpatient care using the Promoting Excellence framework - NHS Fife
  • East & Mid Ross Older Adult Mental Health Team – a combined partnership between NHS Highland, Highland Home Carers and Black Isle Carers and Cromarty Carers. 

Best hospital care initiative

  • Theatre Buddy -, NHS Lanarkshire.
  • PICC Appropriately! For patients with dementia or delirium – NHS Greater Glasgow Clyde.
  • HOAAT (Holistic Older Adult Assessment Tool) -  NHS Fife. 

Most innovative partnership

  • Football Memories Scotland - Scottish Football Museum and Alzheimer Scotland.
  • Dementia Dog Project – a combined partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, Dogs for Good, Scottish Prison Service and Paws for Progress CIC. 

Dementia is the biggest health and social care challenge faced by society today. There are 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland and it is now estimated that 20,000 people every year will be diagnosed with the condition by 2020. For further information about Scotland’s Dementia Awards please visit If you have any further queries about the awards event please contact us on Tel: 0141 410 0104 or email Join the conversation and Tweet us at #SDAs18.



Contact Details 

Alzheimer Scotland


NHS Education for Scotland

Scottish Social Services Council

Elaine Nixon,

PR Manager

0131 514 0013 

Mary-Jo O'Brien

Corporate Communications Manager

Tel. 0131 656 3213

Nicola Chainey,

Tel 01382 346463

Lorraine Wakefield

Tel: 01382 317922


 Notes for editors:

  • There are around 90,000 people in Scotland with 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.

Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2018 Finalists


This category recognises innovative initiatives that provide exceptional support to people with dementia when they are in need of hospital care and treatment. Our finalists are:

Theatre Buddy

Surgery can be a difficult experience for people with dementia. Theatre Buddy gives patients the opportunity to have a relative, carer or friend accompanying them to theatre, to be present in the anaesthetic room until they go to sleep and to be the first person they see in the recovery room.

PICC Appropriately

A cannula is a small thin tube inserted into the vein to allow patients to be given fluids and medications. Inserting a cannula can be painful and distressing, and often needs to be carried out several times during a hospital stay. The PICC Appropriately project introduces a different type of cannula which can stay in place for the whole of a patient’s admission into hospital to reduce stress and confusion.

Holistic Older Adult Assessment Tool (HOAAT)

The HOAAT is a tool allowing a patient assessment in an inpatient environment which is individual, person centred and focuses on what people can do for themselves. The tool focuses on a patient’s abilities, strengths and goals while also making sure carers and family members feel included in the care planning process.


This category celebrates innovative initiatives that support people with dementia, and their families, to stay in control of their own situation and challenge stereotypical attitudes towards dementia. Our finalists are:

Bridging the gap between acute and community care

A partnership initiative by NHS Ayrshire and Arran Acute Services, Alzheimer Scotland and the University of the West of Scotland, to provide people with dementia and mild cognitive impairment and their families access to tailored information and emotional support from an Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Support Advisor both during admission to the acute hospital setting and after being discharged from hospital.

Dementia Woodland Activities

This initiative uses green environments as a therapeutic tool for people with dementia and their carers. Along with walking in woodland in the Edinburgh area, activities include birdwatching, Tai Chi and memory sharing.


This category recognises innovative initiatives which support people with dementia not only to continue to live well within their own community but also remain valued, connected and involved members of that community.  Our finalists are:

Musical Memories Springburn

Based loosely on research surrounding Singing for the Brain, this project is run by 14 volunteers including 2 musicians, for people living with dementia, as well as their friends and families. With themed events taking place throughout the year, Musical Memories surrounds singing, with encouraged gentle movement and dancing.

Relaxed Community Cinema

Once a month, Prestwick’s Community Centre transforms into a relaxed, dementia friendly cinematic experience. Classic films are on show in the afternoon with subtitles – the room does not become dark like traditional cinemas and the film volume remains at a lower level. Everything is free for the audience, who are free to move about throughout the showing.

Stonehouse Jubilee Club

The Stonehouse Jubilee Club is a social afternoon for people with dementia and their carers which has been running since 2012 in the rural community of Stonehouse. The dementia friendly club is the only one of its kind in a 15-mile radius of the village and provides people living with dementia the chance to listen to music, dance and take part in other activities in a safe and supportive environment.


This category recognises innovative educational and learning initiatives which help develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours that help to change thinking about dementia and the potential of people with dementia. Our finalists are:

Enhancing inpatient care using the Promoting Excellence Framework

SCN Gillian Grubb and SCN Kerry Lowe are committed to enhancing inpatient care for people living with dementia using the Promoting Excellence Framework. Starting with a 2-day bespoke interactive training programme encouraging healthcare staff to share knowledge, skills and experiences at Skilled Level of the Promoting Excellent Framework, the pair have also attended Cognitive Stimulation training. SCN Grubb is also a graduate of the Dementia Specialist Lead programme and to date has run five 2-day courses in Stress and Distress in Dementia.

East and Mid-Ross Older Adult Mental Health Team

The team is committed to improving care for the growing number of people with advanced dementia living in their own homes, through support given to the staff who provide daily care for people with dementia who have complex needs. This includes holding discussions with home care providers keen to update their skills and knowledge as well as arranging specialist dementia training for home care staff.


This category looks to highlight partnerships or partners working in innovative ways to contribute to more positive experiences and outcomes for people living with dementia, their families and their local communities. Our finalists are:

Football Memories Scotland

Football Memories Scotland is a national network of reminiscence groups which provide therapeutic interventions for people living with dementia. The groups work in football clubs, community halls, libraries, sheltered housing complexes, care homes, day care centres and hospitals to provide reminiscence activity either in a group format or on a one to one basis.

Dementia Dog

Dementia Dog Project is a collaboration between Alzheimer Scotland and Dogs for Good that pioneers new approaches to explore how highly trained dogs can help improve the wellbeing of people with dementia and their carers.