Who can enter
The awards are intended to recognise what can be achieved when people work together to improve the lives of people with dementia. We want to hear from those helping others to gain a better understanding of dementia both professionally and personally, as well as the local communities and the care sector who support people living with dementia every day.
On this basis, we are seeking entries on behalf of organisations, teams and partnerships. Projects that have been taken forward as a consequence of significant grants or external funding awards will not be considered. Innovative work carried out by either an individual or a team can be entered into the awards scheme. (The nomination should be made to recognise an innovative project or service delivered by an individual, and not the individual themselves). If any partners are listed on your entry, all partners should be made aware of their accreditation.
All applications should demonstrate evidence of best practice that exceeds the norm rather than one-off case studies and should uphold the dignity, equality and respect of people with dementia, their carers/partners/ families, as per the Charter of Rights for people with dementia and their families and carers.
The initiatives presented should reflect the aims of Scotland’s Third National Dementia Strategy, summarised below, and its associated standards and frameworks, such as:
- Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland (pdf)
- Promoting Excellence: A framework for all health and social services staff working with people with dementia, their families and carers (pdf)
- Dementia and Equality: Meeting the challenge in Scotland report
The Scottish Government’s 2017 – 2020 National Dementia Strategy was developed in dialogue with people living with dementia, carers, and professionals. It builds on the progress since dementia became a Scottish Government National Priority ten years ago and maintains a human rights-based approach. There are 21 commitments around health and social care services, what happens in communities, support for dementia learning, the role of technology and research. Its most radical commitments are around making sure that people with dementia have a single point of contact to make sure they get the right support and care from diagnosis until end of life.