The hunt for Scotland’s best dementia projects now over.
Today, 18 September 2019, winners of Scotland’s Dementia Awards were unveiled following a ceremony held at Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow. Winning projects all impressed with their dedication to supporting people living with dementia, their families and carers.
Scotland’s Dementia Awards, a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council, celebrate the inspirational achievements of those outstanding individuals making a difference for people living with dementia and their families across health, social service and community settings.
The awards featured the following five categories: Best Community Support Initiative, Dementia Friendly Community Initiative, Best Educational Initiative, Best Hospital Care Initiative, Best Care Home Practice Improvement, including a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The winners of the 2019 Scotland’s Dementia Awards are:
Best Community Support Initiative
Entry name: NHS Lothian Rapid Response Team – An Alternative to Hospital Admission for Older People
Organisation: Rapid Response Team, NHS Lothian
Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative
Entry name: Woodland Activity Group
Organisation: Forestry and Land Scotland and Scottish Forestry
Best Educational Initiative
Entry name: Carer’s Academy
Organisation: NHS Ayrshire and Arran and University of the West of Scotland
Best Hospital Care Initiative
Entry name: Styles and Smiles
Organisation: University Hospital Wishaw, NHS Lanarkshire
Best Care Home Practice Improvement
Entry name: Developing Namaste Care in Practice
Organisation: Erskine Park Home
Lifetime Achievement Award
Name: Amanda Kopel
Henry Simmons, Alzheimer Scotland’s Chief Executive, said on behalf of Scotland’s Dementia Awards:
‘Congratulations to all our winners for their excellent work to improve the lives of people living with dementia, their carers and family members.
‘I am always amazed and honoured by the dedication of individuals and of the creative collaborations taking place across Scotland and this year was no exception. Our winning 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 recognised and fulfilled. Others are helping to break down and tackle social barriers, unifying our communities and creating a dementia-friendly Scotland. A big thank you to everyone who entered this year to make our winners’ ceremony a truly remarkable event.
‘We were also delighted to honour the tireless work of Amanda Kopel who received a special Lifetime Achievement Award on the day following years of campaigning to extend free personal care to people under the age of 65. Amanda’s efforts and her commitment to end this inequality has been a truly remarkable achievement, and the outcome of her campaign will improve the lives of so many people with dementia and other conditions throughout Scotland and she greatly deserves this recognition.’
Amanda Kopel picked up Scotland’s Dementia Awards unique Lifetime Achievement Award for her Franks Law campaign. Frank’s Law was named after Amanda’s late husband and football legend Frank Kopel. After singlehandedly running the campaign for six years, the Scottish Government introduced the new law which extended free personal care for everyone who requires it, regardless of age.
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 www.sda.alzscot.org or alternatively email ScotlandsDementiaAwards@alzscot.org.
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