4th National Dementia Care Awards 2013
The 4th National Dementia Care Awards Gala Night was held on the 6th November at Colwick Hall Hotel, Nottingham.
The concept of acknowledging and rewarding those who have excelled working with people with dementia has proved so popular that the 4th National Dementia Care Awards Gala Night held in the middle evening of the UK Dementia Congress was easily the biggest so far. More entries were received for the categories than ever before and with great support from sponsors like Main Sponsor Shaw Healthcare and the Department of Health (with three awards), there were seventeen awards to be won. One of the notable new features of the awards was the number aimed at staff working in hospitals.
On the night tropical storms met diners as they arrived for the Awards ceremony held in a marquee at the leading Nottingham hotel, Colwick Hall. Luckily however SCA had the foresight to sponsor an excellent Drinks Reception which quickly set the right mood for the evening.
The competition had been friendly but fierce several weeks prior to the Gala Night when seventeen panels of judges, one for each category, met the finalists in London and chose one winner for each category. After telling diners about some of the terrible gaffes he had made in his career as a TV presenter, most recently as BBC Breakfast host, Bill Turnbull and each appropriate sponsor presented the awards in turn to the winners. Each winner was greeted by rapturous applause and received an elegant glass plaque celebrating their success. Finalists received a Certificate congratulating them on having reached the finals in such a competitive environment.
One finalist received a special award .TV presenter and Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador Angela Rippon was a finalist in the Dementia Care Personality but had lost out to winner Bijumon Joseph who, the judges felt, best answered the Award criteria which were for a personality who had made a real difference in their local community. The Journal of Dementia Care felt, however, that Angela had made such a difference to the perception and understanding of dementia nationally that she deserved a special National Dementia Care Ambassador Award which was presented to her by the Journal.
Next year the National Dementia Care Awards Gala Night will be held at the Brighton Hilton Hotel on the 11th November 2014, the middle night of the 9th UK Dementia Congress. As many as can are encouraged to take part in a six-month event which is designed to improve the care of everyone living with dementia in all localities.
Dr Richard Hawkins, Editor in Chief, Journal of Dementia Care
The successful winners of the 2013 awards: Please click to enlarge
The Journal of Dementia Care would like to offer a personal congratulations to the award winners and to all of the highly commendable finalists.
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