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Winners 2019 

We are delighted to reveal the winners from Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2019.

Woodland Activity Group Organisation, Forestry and Land Scotland and Scottish Forestry

The Woodland Activity Programme is a 10-week programme working with people living with early stage dementia. Participants visit the woodland weekly and take part in variety of outdoor crafts/activities. The programme offers participants a chance to increase their self-confidence and feel engaged with their community. It was developed based on the evidence that being within greenspace can have therapeutic benefits, which enhances the supports currently available for people with dementia.

Styles and Smiles, University Hospital Wishaw, NHS Lanarkshire

The salon officially opened after feedback from the people they support to porters regarding lack of hairdressing facilities on-site. Supported by New College Lanarkshire, students provide hairdressing and barber services free of charge and have received advice on how best to support people with dementia. The salon gives people living with dementia the opportunity to keep their hairdressing routine whilst in hospital, in a comfortable surrounding whilst boosting their wellbeing.

Carer’s Academy Organisation, NHS Ayrshire and Arran and University of the West of Scotland

The “Carer’s Academy” is a joint initiative between NHS Ayrshire and Arran and the University of the West of Scotland. The programme aims to support family members and friends who care for loved ones with dementia, to develop enhanced levels of practical skills and knowledge in dementia care. Simulated and practice-based learning approaches are utilised, whilst ensuring careful attention to the maintenance of a supportive and caring learning environment. Evaluation results indicate that the Carer’s Academy is of value to family carers not only on a practical level but also in facilitating peer support and establishing connections with local support services.

Developing Namaste Care in Practice, Erskine Park Home

Namaste provides simple, person centred ways for care staff to care for residents living with advanced Dementia and at End of Life. It reduces the likelihood of residents living a silent existence with no meaningful engagement in their lives. It recognises the spirit of the individual providing comfort through sensory based experiences. To enable provision of Namaste care seven days a week a training programme was developed to support training throughout the organisation. Namaste care provides comfort not only to residents but also to staff and relatives, providing deeper and more meaningful relationships between them all.

An Alternative to Hospital Admission for Older People Organisation: Rapid Response Team, NHS Lothian

The Rapid Response Team is a recently established, nurse-led, community mental health team which provide an alternative to hospital admission for older people by providing intensive mental health treatment and support at home. It is the first service of its kind in Scotland and aims to address inequalities between adult and older adult mental health services. The RRT prides itself in taking a flexible person-centred approach to care and will assess each person’s needs individually to create a unique care plan in line with the persons own view of what recovery looks like for them.

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