On the 21st September we celebrated the sixth Scotland’s Dementia Awards. These awards celebrate and recognise projects and teams who demonstrate innovation, creativity and best practice in the support of people with dementia and those who care for them. The awards are a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council.
WINNER: Best Acute Care Initiative – Improving the journey for people with dementia in the acute hospital setting – a collaborative approach. NHS Forth Valley
This NHS Forth Valley project aimed to improve the acute hospital journey for people with dementia by reducing the number of late and/or multiple transfers a person experienced. It involved collaboration across various specialities, with all teams working towards a shared goal. Through this way of working the team have managed to significantly increase the number of people with dementia transferred before 8pm (from 52% to 92%) and reduce multiple moves from 33% to less than 2%. As a result, they have evidence of improved patient, carer and staff experiences with regards to this area of care.”
WINNER: Best Innovation in Continuing Care – GAME. NHS Ayrshire & Arran with ‘Onside Ayrshire’ Community Resource
“In relation to hospital care for older people, person-centred care, quality of life, compassion, dignity, respect and maintaining independence are vital. In ward 3 at Woodland View, we recognised there was a variation in our approach to supporting person-centred care in assessing… and planning meaningful activity. Our improvement project focussed on working with families, carers and patients, with the aim of improving quality of life and meaningful outcomes for people with dementia using the Pool Activity Level (PAL). The project team developed a bundle approach to support effective implementation of the 5 key elements of the PAL instrument; personal history, assessment, identification of activity level, activity plan, and review of the plan.”
WINNER: Best Community Support Initiative – Boogie At The Bar. The Active Aberdeen Partnership, The Foundry, Aberdeen Health & Social Care Partnership, Alzheimer Scotland and M&S Bank.
“Boogie at the Bar is a dementia-friendly afternoon disco at The Foundry pub in Aberdeen. It started after a conversation between Anne Duncan, whose husband Bill was diagnosed with dementia in 2011 and Paula Bisset, Development Officer with Sport Aberdeen. Anne and Bill love to dance, but they didn’t want a tea dance – they wanted to go to a disco!
“Anne then met with Sport Aberdeen, The Wellbeing Team (Aberdeen City Health & Social Care Partnership), Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust and Alzheimer Scotland. AFCCT suggested The Foundry and Alzheimer Scotland involved the local Branch of Marks & Spencer Bank (who provide the food). Boogie at the Bar is a chance for people with dementia, carers and relations to come together, enjoy a drink and dance with old and new friends. The dance floor is never empty!”
WINNER: Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative – Relaxed Checkout. Alzheimer Scotland and Tesco Forres
“The Relaxed Checkout began with Tesco Forres staff finding out more about dementia by becoming Dementia Friends. It was designed to be inclusive for anyone who might need more time. This initiative has captured the attention of the media and has resulted in global approval, with media coverage in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and beyond. The BBC Facebook post has been viewed over 11 million times. The idea has already been replicated in supermarkets in Lockerbie, Annan and Barnstaple, as well as supermarkets in America.”
WINNER: Most Innovative Partnership – Dementia Awareness Within HMP Shotts. Alzheimer Scotland and HMP Shotts.
“Prisoners have a higher rate than the general population of several dementia risk factors, including head injury, smoking, drug and alcohol misuse, and low educational attainment. However, there has been very little research into dementia in prison; we do not know how many people are… living with dementia in prison and we know very little about the experience of living with dementia in prison from the perspective of the person, their visiting family and friends, or staff. Over the last 18 months, this project between HMP Shotts and Alzheimer Scotland engaged 202 prisoners and 55 staff in dementia awareness and information sessions and 40+ family/ friends within the visitors’ centre.”
LIfetime Achievement Award: Henry Rankin
Former Committee Member and former Chair of the Scottish Dementia Working Group. Longstanding dementia campaigner. Find out more about Henry – Living and Learning with Dementia.
The Sunday Post digital team came along to the event and filmed some great short videos with the winners. Meet the winners from Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2017 Watch them here.