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Scotland's leading dementia projects recognised in Awards shortlist


22-July-2019

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

Scotland’s Dementia Awards, a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council, today (22 July 2019) announce the finalists of the eighth annual awards. Finalists are all now in the running for a prestigious award recognising their dedication to supporting people living with dementia and their families and carers. 

Rigorously judged by a panel of social service, third sector and health professionals, alongside people living with dementia and carers, the Awards celebrate the inspirational achievements of those outstanding people making a difference to support people living with dementia, their families and carers across health, social service and community settings. 

With five categories, Scotland’s Dementia Awards recognise the innovative and ambitious projects making a difference to people living with dementia, including: Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative, Best Community Support Initiative, Best Educational Initiative, Best Hospital Care Initiative and Best Care Home Practice Improvement. 

Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2019 finalists are: 

Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative

  • Musical Memories Springburn
  • Woodland Activity Programme, Forestry & Land Scotland and Scottish Forestry
  • Try Something New group, a partnership project with Alzheimer Scotland and West Quarter Redding Club 

Best Community Support Initiative

  • Beer with Buddies, Alzheimer Scotland
  • Rapid Response Team - An alternative to hospital admission for older people, Rapid Response Team, NHS Lothian
  • Integrated approach to Post Diagnostic Support in Midlothian, Midlothian Dementia Team, NHS Lothian 

Best Educational Initiative

  • Advancing Dementia Education for Mental Health Staff in Lothian, NHS Lothian
  • Carer's Academy, NHS Ayrshire and Arran and University of the West of Scotland 

Best Hospital Care Initiative

  • The Power of Music in Hospital Care, NHS Fife
  • Palliative and End of Life Care in an Acute Specialist Dementia Unit, Laura Crosbie and Cree Ward, Midpark Hospital, NHS Dumfries and Galloway
  • Styles and Smiles, University Hospital Wishaw, NHS Lanarkshire 

Best Care Home Practice Improvement

  • Omi Interactive Table Project, Erskine Park Home
  • Developing Namaste Care in Practice, Erskine Park Home 

 

Henry Simmons, Alzheimer Scotland’s Chief Executive, said:

“Scotland’s Dementia Awards celebrate the people and projects working tirelessly to improve care and support for people living with dementia and their families throughout our communities and across the health, social care and education sectors. 

“On behalf of our awards partners, I want to thank everyone who entered the awards. It has been our honour once again to see so many tremendous creative and innovative collaborations taking place. Many of these initiatives are significantly developing and improving practice, ensuring that the rights of people with dementia and their families to receive the best possible quality of care and support are being delivered. Others are helping to break down and tackle social barriers, unifying our communities and creating a dementia-friendly Scotland. We look forward to celebrating the work of all our finalists and winners in September.” 

The awards will culminate in a prestigious ceremony staged during World Alzheimer’s Month on 18 September at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow. Tickets to attend the event are available, visit www.sda.alzscot.org for further details.

Through the celebration of good ideas, shared practice and meaningful partnership working, Scotland’s Dementia Awards demonstrate dementia policy at work in a sustainable way, as well as providing an opportunity for professionals and communities to showcase the creativity, innovation and dedication taking place across communities to help make a difference to the lives of people with dementia and their families.

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 www.sda.alzscot.org. If you have any further queries about the awards event please contact us on Tel: 0141 410 0104 or email ScotlandsDementiaAwards@alzscot.org. Join the conversation and Tweet us at #SDAs19.

-ENDS-

Contact details 

Alzheimer Scotland

 

NHS Education for Scotland

Scottish Social Services Council

Elaine Nixon,
PR Manager
Tel: 01315140013
ENixon@alzscot.org 

Mary-Jo O'Brien
Corporate Communications Manager
Tel. 0131 656 3213
maryjo.obrien@nes.scot.nhs.uk

Lorraine Wakefield, Senior Communications Officer
Tel: 01382 317922 lorraine.wakefield@sssc.uk.com

 

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. 

Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative

Musical Memories Springburn

With 14 volunteers, these weekly sessions provide live music, singing, gentle movement, as well as refreshments, hand massage and warm support to our friends with dementia and their carers, from 4 local care homes.    

Woodland Activity Programme, Forestry & Land Scotland and Scottish Forestry

Developed based on research of therapeutic benefits of being within greenspace, including woodlands, this is a 10 week programme working with people living with early stage dementia. Participants visit a woodland weekly and take part in variety of woodland crafts/activities, encouraging working with others and enjoyment of outdoors.   

Try Something New group, partnership project with Alzheimer Scotland and West Quarter Redding Club

The 'Try Something New' initiative has been running since November 2018. It was set up by West Quarter and Redding Cricket Club in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland. People with dementia and family carers are invited once a month to take part in 2 different physical activities such as cricket, archery, drumming and yoga.  

Best Community Support Initiative

Beer with Buddies, Alzheimer Scotland

Beer with Buddies is a dementia friendly pub based within Alzheimer Scotland Renfrewshire Services. We serve non-alcoholic beer, mocktails and traditional pub style food to order. Beer with Buddies is open once a month and provides the opportunity for people with dementia and their families to do something really normal, go out for a drink and something to eat with friends in an inclusive environment free from stigma. 

Rapid Response Team - An alternative to hospital admission for older people, NHS Lothian Rapid Response Team

The Rapid Response Team (RRT) is a nurse led service who provide specialist care at home as an alternative to hospital for older people experiencing a mental health crisis. The RRT aims to provide the least restrictive alternative to mental health inpatient care and supports people through mental health crisis in the comfort of their own homes. 

Integrated approach to Post Diagnostic Support in Midlothian, Midlothian Dementia

A quality improvement approach to ensure that people newly diagnosed with dementia in Midlothian are referred to the appropriate member of the team to ensure they are receiving post diagnostic support tailored to their needs. 

Best Educational Initiative

Advancing Dementia Education for Mental Health Staff in Lothian, NHS Lothian

NHS Lothian currently has 7 Dementia Specialist Improvement Leaders (DSILS) with a further 4 currently on the NES course.  In 2016 the first cohort of DISLs from NHS Lothian began putting together a comprehensive dementia training package based on the knowledge gained.  They worked closely with two stress and distress in dementia trainers to ensure that mental health staff were offered a training package to allow them to practice at enhanced and expert level of the framework for excellence.  An occupational therapist completed the 2nd DISL course and she now offers training to the older peoples mental health OTs. 

Carer's Academy, NHS Ayrshire and Arran

Best Hospital Care Initiative

The Power of Music in Hospital Care, NHS Fife

The carer’s academy, which is free to attend, has been developed in the aim of supporting family members in caring for loved ones who have dementia through enabling them to enhance their knowledge and develop practical skills in dementia care and gain peer support from other carers. 

This initiative involves the use of music to support people with dementia in hospital. We have used music, in a personalised way, to help prevent and manage stress and distress experienced when in hospital.
   

Palliative and End of Life Care in an Acute Specialist Dementia Unit, Laura Crosbie and Cree Ward, Midpark Hospital

The Scottish Government 2015 - Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care aspires to ensuring that we recognise that people are dying, in order to make certain that important conversations can take place to establish the patient's preferences, needs can be assessed and planned for, and crisis interventions can be avoided. This project provides a means of encompassing this ethos within a specialist NHS Dementia setting. 

Styles and Smiles, University Hospital Wishaw NHS Lanarkshire

This initiative enables hairdressing services to be available for people living with dementia. By providing an area dedicated to hairdressing, patients have the opportunity for social interaction with others and maintains the patients home routine around hairdresser’s attendance prompting orientation to date, day and time. 

Best Care Home Practice Improvement

Omi Interactive Table Project, Erskine Park Home

The OMI is an interactive projector than can be used on the floor or a table, in a fixed location or mobile. It encourages one to one or group interaction with residents living with various levels of dementia and reduced communication and mobility. The projector provides stimulation to hearing, sight, and touch and can be used in almost any setting. 

Developing Namaste Care in Practice, Erskine Park Home

Namaste care was developed to provide meaningful sensory engagement to those living with advanced dementia and end of life care. This newly developed training program for staff and relatives is now being shared with external organisations to support them developing Namaste care within their homes.