Dementia Awards winners revealed

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Those leading the drive to improve support and research in Scotland were celebrated at an awards ceremony last week

24th September 2019 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2019 winners were unveiled at a ceremony at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow last week.

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.

Henry Simmons, Alzheimer Scotland’s chief executive, said: “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.”

Amanda Kopel picked up Scotland’s Dementia Awards unique Lifetime Achievement Award for her Franks Law campaign, 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.

Winners of the 2019 Scotland’s Dementia Awards

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