Scotland’s leading dementia projects recognised in Awards shortlist

Scotland’s Dementia Awards, a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland (NES), NHS Health Scotland and the SSSC, has announced the finalists for their annual awards which set out to recognise the work of those committed to helping people living with dementia and their families.

Scotland's Dementia AwardsRigorously judged by an informed and mixed panel, 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 during World Alzheimer’s Month on 22 September at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel. Tickets to attend the event are available, visit for more details.

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Dementia is the biggest health and social care challenge faced by society today. There are over 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland and around 3,200 are under the age of 65. By the year 2020 there will be more than 1 million people living with dementia in the UK.

Henry Simmons, Chief Executive, at Alzheimer Scotland, said:

‘Scotland’s Dementia Awards aim to recognise and showcase the vital contribution that professionals and community groups make across the length and breadth of Scotland.

‘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 2016 finalists

Best acute care initiative 

  • NHS Grampian – Acute Geriatric Medicine Unit
  • Wishaw General Hospital – MAC (Meaningful Activity Club)
  • Wishaw General Hospital – One Person, One Ward, One Hospital

 Best community support initiative 

  • East Dunbartonshire Dementia Network – PRESENT: co-production with people living with dementia
  • Speech and Language Therapy Dept, NHS Tayside – Confident Conversations
  • Badenoch and Strathspey Community Transport Company – Here 2 Help

Best dementia friendly community initiative

  • Festival City Theatres Trust – The Forget Me Not Project
  • Dementia Friendly Pentlands
  • An Lanntair – Arora

Best educational initiative

  • University of the West of Scotland / Hansel
  • Alzheimer Scotland – The Spotlight Series
  • The University of the West of Scotland – Dementia Class in a Bag

Best innovation in continuing care

  • Little Art School Trust (SCIO)
  • Campbell Snowdon House
  • Melburn Lodge Team, NHS Borders – Multi-Disciplinary Team

Most innovative partnership

  • Moray Council with Dementia Adventure
  • Balhousie Wheatlands Care Home
  • Inch View Care Home

 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 please visit If you have any more queries about the awards event please contact us on 0141 410 1072 or email

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