National Dementia Care Awards 2018

9th National Dementia Care Awards 2018





We are delighted to announce that National Dementia Care Awards will return in 2018 for their ninth consecutive year. Entries will open later in the spring, with judging taking place in the early autumn, and culminating in our glittering Gala Dinner on 8 November 2018, in Brighton – as part of the 13th UK Dementia Congress.

Full information to follow soon!

Please see below for further details about the 2017 awards – including our prestigious winners and finalists.


If you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team; or telephone: 020 7720 2108 x 204

For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities please contact Alan Leary; or telephone: 020 7720 2108





8th National Dementia Care Awards 2017

Awards Gala Dinner: 9 November 2017
Doncaster Racecourse, Yorkshire

For the 8th consecutive year the National Dementia Care Awards returned to celebrate the very best people in dementia care, culminating in our prestigious and glittering awards presentation dinner at Doncaster Racecourse. On the 9th November we were proud to highlight excellence and innovation, and to have the opportunity to celebrate those who provide consistently outstanding care.

Our Host: John Middleton

After a staggering twenty years, in April 2017 John Middleton and audiences alike said goodbye to ITV Emmerdale’s Ashley Thomas. Ashley spent many years as the well loved and respected vicar. He had it all – a loving wife and family, and despite the curve balls thrown at them, they always came through. 

The soap character’s health had been slowly deteriorating as the effects of his dementia took hold. Emmerdale viewers saw him move into a care home as his wife Laurel began to struggle to cope with this condition. Ahead of his final scenes, Emmerdale released an emotional trailer detailing happy moments in Ashley’s life, and in affecting scenes, Ashely final slipped away. 

John has won a multitude of praise for his portrayal of a person living with dementia, in an emotional storyline which has touched the nation.

Main Sponsor

Category Sponsors:

National Dementia Care Awards 2017
Winners and Finalists:


Outstanding Dementia Care Product


This award will be made to an outstanding product which can be shown to have transformed the lives of those living with dementia and/or their carers. 



Zoe Harris, Mycarematters System, Mycarematters


  • Laura Templeton & Meg Hardie, Call-to-Mind Board Game, Call-to-Mind
  • Sam Dondi-Smith, Interactive Me, Interactive Me
  • Katie Mountain, Lasting Power of Attorney, org
  • John Ramsay & Julie Okhae, Tovertafel (Magic Table), Shift 8 Limited


Outstanding Dementia Care Innovation

This award recognises the vital role of innovation in developing high quality services for people living with dementia. 



Sarah Ormston & Rosie Joustra, MacIntyre Dementia Project, MacIntyre


  • Ryan Moring, Light Your Night, The Haven Residential Home, Sohal Healthcare
  • Laura Walker & Kate Smith, Moments Cafe and Dementia Hub, Memory Matters CIC
  • David Dansky & Clare Morris, Positive Spin, Cycle Training UK
  • Sally English & Maxina Rose, Primary Care Pilot, East Sussex County Council


Best Activities Co-ordinator for People with Dementia


This award will be made to a person within a care home or day care environment with more than 50% of people living with dementia who has made an exceptional contribution to the quality of life, health and happiness of all the people they work with through the activities they provide. 


Carole Abernethy, Bannview House Care Home, Priory Adult Care


  • Mel Barden, Gracewell of Camberley, Sunrise Senior Living
  • Andy Cowling, The Old Rectory Nursing Home, Southern Healthcare
  • Deborah Harding, Signature Senior Lifestyle of Coombe Hill Manor
  • Sally Harper, Waypoints Upton Ltd, Waypoints Care Group Ltd


Best Dementia Nurse Specialist / Dementia Lead


This award will be made to an outstanding Dementia Nurse Specialist or Dementia Lead who has demonstrated an expert level of skill, knowledge, management and leadership. They will have supported their colleagues in delivering high quality, safe, seamless dementia care either in an acute or community hospital, facilitating staff training, discouraging inappropriate sedation, using dementia screening tools and developing person-centred care pathways including activities of daily living and delivering improvements in dementia practice. 


Tracy Norbury, Hollins Park, Care UK


  • Deborah Crawford, Barchester Healthcare
  • Christopher Davidson, Bolton NHS FT
  • Colin Sheeran, Four Seasons Health Care


Best Dementia Care Manager

This award will be made to an outstanding dementia manager (or deputy) in a dementia focused environment. They will be expected to show exceptional leadership, caring, training and management skills for the benefit of service users and staff. 


Julie Drake, Langham Court Dementia Home


  • Sheila Inshaw, Craigielea, Holmes Care Group
  • Sanna Laaksonen, The Royal Star & Garter Homes, Surbiton
  • Joanne Mathewson, Shadon House, Gateshead Council
  • Blesson Thomas, The Heights, The Fremantle Trust


Best Dementia Garden


This award will be made to a dementia focused facility/garden which has outstanding features that significantly enhance the quality of life of residents and staff. 



Marsha Tuffin, Palmerston Care Home, Abbeyfield & Wesley


  • Anna Phillips & Lotte Grooby, Tor na dee, Care UK
  • Sandra Patricio & Jessica Hooley, Lakeview Care Home, Hallmark Care Homes
  • Shahnaaz Mohamad & Alison Simmonds, Sandown Park, Healthcare Homes Group
  • Karen Phillips, Heathlands Village, The Fed


Best Dementia Training Initiative


This award recognises the vital role of effective training in dementia care. It will be made to an individual or organisation that can demonstrate the value of a training initiative which they have successfully implemented. 



Maria-Paloma Sequeiros & Beth Tovey

“Real Life with Dementia – Practical Hints and Tips for Carers” Training Course

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (and South Gloucestershire Council)


  • Isobel Jones & Simon Bernstein, The ‘Alive! Meaningful Activity Coaching programme’, Alive!
  • Jayne Easterbrook & Raj Kapoor, Homecare Training Course, Alzheimer’s Society and United Kingdom Homecare Association
  • Danielle Woods & Jill Clayton, Bradford Teaching Hospitals Bespoke Training Packages, Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • Helen Reeves & Michael Hurt, Dementia Support Workers – Care Improvement and End of Life, St Giles Walsall Hospice, Pathways 4 Life & Walsall CCG


Best Interior Dementia Design


This award will acknowledge an outstanding dwelling designed for people living with dementia. The winner will have shown an ability to excite and innovate, with regard to practicality and cost awareness combined with the needs of people with dementia. 


Nicki Miller & Sammy Broom, Shire Hall, Hallmark Care Homes


  • Amanda Jelbert & Louise Hiorns, Silver Birches, Accord Housing Association
  • Kirsty Thomas & Chris Bennett, Bucklesham Grange Care Home, Hallmark Care Homes
  • Nikki Mitson & Maureen Aillud, Cleves Place, Care UK
  • Shahnaaz Mohamad & Alison Simmonds, Sandown Park Care Home, Healthcare Homes Group


Best Resident / Relative Contribution


This award will be made to a resident living with dementia in a care home, or the relative/friend of such a resident, who has made a very significant contribution to the happiness and well-being of the residents and staff in the care home. 


Graham Mason, Bilney Hall Care Home, Healthcare Homes Group


  • Lily Anderson, Avondale Care Home, Porthaven Care Homes
  • Jennifer Bute, St Monica Trust
  • Norman Carr, Caldy Manor, Barchester Healthcare
  • Emerald Weir, Bannview House Care Home, Priory Adult Care


Exceptional Contribution by a Person Living with Dementia


This award is made to a person living with dementia who lives and works with incredible passion and commitment to improving the lives and wellbeing of others living with dementia. This award celebrates the many unsung heroes who, living with dementia themselves, contribute so much and inspire so many within the dementia community. 


Joy Watson, Dementia Havens


  • Hilary Doxford, Alzheimer’s Society
  • Terry Eccott, Caring Communities


Outstanding Arts and Creativity in Dementia Care

This award will be made to an organisation or person that has developed and delivered an outstanding creative arts project, in any setting, to improve the quality of lives of people living with dementia. 



Jeff Turner & Sharon Marsden, Soul Journey, verd de gris arts


  • Isobel Jones & Simon Bernstein, Paint Pals, Alive!
  • Emma Mills & Ian Wilson, NetPark Wellbeing, Metal & Southend Borough Council
  • David Clegg, The Trebus Project, The Trebus Project
  • Hermione Jones & Kathryn Gilfoy, Singing with Friends, Wigmore Hall in partnership with Resonate Arts


Best Dementia Team

This award will be made to the dementia-focused team which has developed and maintained a superb standard of care within any care facility. 


Sally Haddrell-Jenks & Tony Marsh, Support at Home, Alzheimer’s Support


  • Ros Heath & John Clark, Landermeads Care Team, Landermeads Nursing Home
  • Linda Hurrell & Tanya Petchey, Manor Park Care Team, Manor Park Care Home
  • Julie Wills & Kevin Roberts, Sunrise of Eastbourne Reminiscence Neighbourhood, Sunrise Senior Living
  • Thomas Donkor & Caroline Totman, Surbiton – Dementia Care Team, The Royal Star & Garter Homes


Dementia Care Inspiring Leader


This award is open to any individual who has a leadership role and who is an inspiration to their team, developing morale and well-being that motivates the team to make a real difference to the experience of people living with dementia who they support. 


Nicolas Kee Mew, Arthur House, Priory Adult Care


  • Jason Corrigan-Charlesworth, Barchester Healthcare
  • Nina Hutchison, Four Seasons Health Care
  • Lesley Riches, The Abbeyfield Society
  • Fiona White, Sunrise of Eastbourne Reminiscence Neighbourhood, Sunrise Senior Living


Best Dementia Care Home


This award will be made to the care home with more than 50% of its residents living with dementia which provides an outstanding environment with exceptional standards of care, excellent staff training and morale and a well-respected place in the local community. 


Samantha Booty & Zoe Heath, East Hill House, Caring Homes


  • Jane Aitken & Sharon Batchelor, Strachan House, Barchester Healthcare
  • Daniel Cole & Phillippa Haigh, Wellcroft, Borough Care Ltd
  • Susan Graham & Gareth Harding, Harleston House, Greensleeves Care
  • Ros Heath & Laura Garton, Landermeads Nursing Home, Landermeads Nursing Home


Dementia Care Personality


This award will be made to someone whose personality and energy has made a difference in ways which are truly inspiring and memorable within the dementia-focused environment in which they are working. This person will actively promote excellence in care for people with dementia, peace of mind for relatives and a happy working environment. 


Shona Bradbury, Appleby House Care Home, Care UK


  • Daniel Cole, Borough Care Ltd
  • Emma Killick, MacIntyre
  • Helen Marshall, Gateshead Council
  • Shauna Rooney, Four Seasons Health Care


Lifetime Achievement in Dementia Care


This award will be made to an exceptional individual who, over a significant portion of their life, has made a significant contribution to the sector and the quality of life of people living with dementia they have worked with. 



Nori Graham, Care UK


  • Hugo de Waal, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
  • Claire Royston, Four Seasons Health Care


 National Dementia Care Awards Winners Album

 Please hover to scroll through the Winner images or click to see the full album

National Dementia Care Awards - Winners Album


National Dementia Care Awards Gala Evening Album

Please hover to scroll through the Gala Evening images or click to see the full album

8th National Dementia Care Awards 2017 - Gala Evening


 National Dementia Care Awards Charity

We are delighted to support NAPA as our charity for the 8th National Dementia Care Awards. 
NAPA is a national charity and an umbrella organisation that supports care teams and connects, signposts, encourages and motivates anyone with an interest in lifestyle, well –being, life, love and laughter in the care sector.


National Dementia Care Awards Photobooth, sponsored by QCS




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