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Scotland's Dementia Awards 2018 winners announced


The winners of Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2018 have been announced today (World Alzheimer’s Day, 21 September), following a ceremony held at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel.

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

Rigorously judged by a panel of leading social care, third sector and health professionals alongside people with dementia and carers, the Awards (now in their 7th year) showcase creative approaches and collaboration, innovation and best practice in all aspects of dementia information, advice and care.

The Awards feature the following five categories: Dementia Friendly Community Initiative, Community Support Initiative, Educational Initiative, Hospital Care Initiative and Most Innovative Partnership.

The winners of the 2018 Scotland’s Dementia Awards, are:

Best Community Support Initiative 

Entry name: Bridging the gap between acute and community care

Organisation: NHS Ayrshire and Arran


Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative

Entry name: Music, Fun and Laughter

Organisation: Stonehouse Jubilee Club


Best Educational Initiative  

Entry name: Enhancing inpatient care using the Promoting Excellence Framework

Organisation: NHS Fife


Best Hospital Care Initiative   

Entry name: Theatre Buddy 

Organisation: University Hospital Wishaw 


Most Innovative Partnership     

Entry name: Dementia Dog  

Organisation: Dementia Dog Project  


A special Lifetime Achievement Award was presented on the day to Hugh Masters. The former Associate Chief Nursing Officer to the Scottish Government received recognition for his outstanding contribution and dedication to educate and promote dementia care and support across acute general and specialist dementia care hospitals.

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

“It is a fitting tribute that we are celebrating the wonderful contribution that individuals and teams have made across the dementia care sector in Scotland to mark World Alzheimer’s Day.

“We have been thrilled to celebrate the work of so many innovative and dedicated individuals alongside the hugely impressive positive collaborations that are taking place. Their combined efforts are helping to dramatically improve services, address stigma, break down barriers and ensure that nobody faces dementia alone. This year’s winners have set a new precedent and we are delighted to see everyone congratulated for their efforts to support people living with dementia and their families.

“We would like to thank everyone who played their part in this year’s awards and who continue to make the programme a resounding success.”

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. 

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 awards programme visit or alternatively email Join the conversation and Tweet us at #SDAs18.


For further information please contact: 

Alzheimer Scotland

NHS Education for Scotland

Scottish Social Services Council

Elaine Nixon,

PR Manager

Tel: 0131 514 0013 

Mary-Jo O'Brien

Corporate Communications Manager

Tel. 0131 656 3213

Lorraine Wakefield, Senior Communications Officer 
Tel: 01382


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 Winners


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

Theatre Buddy - University Hospital Wishaw 

Going to theatre for surgery is a terrifying experience for patients with dementia, often the stress and distress before and after, can have a significant impact on their recovery and outcomes. Theatre Buddy affords 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. Patients are less stressed in theatre and returning on return to the ward. Rehabilitation can start earlier; length of hospital stay is reduced as is the need for supportive medication. 


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 winner is:

Bridging the gap between acute and community care – NHS Ayrshire and Arran (A joint venture involving NHS Ayrshire and Arran Acute Services, the University of the West of Scotland and  Alzheimer Scotland.) 

This initiative was developed in the aim of developing a referral process which would enable people with dementia and their families/carers to have access to individualised dementia-specific support and advice from an Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Advisor, both during and post admission to acute hospital care.

Through supporting the implementation of this initiative, the Dementia Advisor and acute care staff have enabled people with dementia and their family members/carers to experience feelings of increased comfort and hope during difficult times; to feel supported in making informed decisions about care and to facilitate successful discharges home from hospital.


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.  The winner is:

Music, Fun and Laughter - Stonehouse Jubilee Club

The Stonehouse Jubilee Club is a social afternoon for people with dementia, and their carer run by volunteers and meets on Thursday afternoons in Stonehouse Lifestyles Centre. We offer various activities - reminiscence quizzes; entertainers; outings – but focus mainly on music. The Jubilee Jammers are four volunteers who taught themselves ukulele and as well as being the club resident band, they receive invitations to entertain other community organisations for a donation to the club.

The SJC offers a support service to people with dementia who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get into the Club.  Our motto is:  Music…Laughter… Friendship


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. The winner is:  

Enhancing inpatient care using the Promoting Excellence Framework – NHS Fife

A bespoke two-day interactive training programme was developed at skilled level of the Promoting Excellence Framework in which staff are encouraged to share their wealth of knowledge, skills and experience.  A variety of teaching methods are included to promote learning and discussion. The programme also includes a module dedicated to Cognitive Stimulation Therapy. Staff are asked to consider a small change that they would like to carry out in their ward, focusing on enhancing patient, relative or staff experience. There has been amazing work initiated which has been recognised by the Mental Welfare Commission, patient, carer and staff feedback.


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. The winner is:

Dementia Dog - Dementia Dog Project

Dementia Dog Project is a collaboration between Alzheimer Scotland and Dogs for Good, pioneering new ways that dogs can enable people to live well with dementia.  To achieve this, we work in partnership with Scottish Prison Service and Paws for Progress at HMP Castle Huntly, establishing the UK’s first prison-based assistance dog training programme.  Through the combined input of Paws for Progress and Dementia Dog, men in custody learn new dog training skills to enhance their future employability and dementia awareness, while enabling them to make a significant, lasting contribution to society through the provision of life changing assistance dogs.