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Scotland's leading dementia projects recognised in Awards shortlist


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

Scotland’s Dementia Awards, a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council, has announced the finalists for their 6th annual Awards which set out to recognise the work of those committed to helping people living with dementia and their families. 

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

The Awards will culminate in a celebration event on World Alzheimer’s Day, 21 September, at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel. Tickets to attend the event are available, visit for further details. 

Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland and Chair of Scotland’s Dementia Awards, said:

“Scotland’s Dementia Awards celebrate the work of both professionals and community groups who are committed to helping people with dementia and their families. 

“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.” 

“All of our finalists this year are extremely deserving for their commitment in supporting people living with dementia and their families and we look forward to saying a big thank you to all our finalists and winners on the day.”

Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2017 finalists are:

Best acute care initiative

  • NHS Forth Valley: Improving the journey for people with dementia in the acute hospital setting - a collaborative approach
  • NHS Borders: NHS Borders Delirium Call Back Clinic
  • Ward 14/ Pentland Ward - The Royal Edinburgh Hospital: Together is a powerful tool 

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
  • Springburn Parish Church: Musical Memories Springburn (Singing For The Brain)
  • Scottish Opera: Memory Spinners 

Best dementia friendly community initiative

  • Alzheimer Scotland and Tesco Forres: Relaxed Checkout
  • National Museum Scotland, National Library of Scotland, National Galleries of Scotland, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: The Dementia Socials Programme 

Best innovation in continuing care

  • NHS Ayrshire and Arran with 'Onside Ayrshire' Community resource: GAME (Get to know me, Active assessment, Maintaining meaningful skills, Everyday)
  • Balhousie Care Group, Clement Park Care Home: Balhousie Clement Park Indoor Dementia Garden
  • Angus Council: Kinloch Care Centre 

Most innovative partnership

  • Alzheimer Scotland and HMP Shotts: Dementia Awareness within HMP Shotts
  • Football Action Carnoustie        
  • Alzheimer Scotland: Tak your Makkin'

Dementia affects around 90,000 people across Scotland and by 2020 it is estimated that there will be over 1 million people living with the illness in the UK. 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 #SDAs17.


Notes for editors:

Scotland’s Dementia Awards

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.

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.

Contact details:

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