5th National Dementia Care Awards 2014



11 November, Hilton Brighton Metropole



A message from our main sponsor
Jeremy Nixey, Chief Executive of Shaw healthcare, said:
“Once again we were very proud to support the National Dementia Care Awards. It was a truly inspiring evening with remarkable people who demonstrate excellence in their day to day work, making a huge difference to the lives of those with dementia. We would like to congratulate the winners and also all of those who were nominated for these awards”.

Meet the winners!

Best Activities Co-ordinator: sponsored by The Daily Sparkle
Lesley Quigley, Amore Care
THE JUDGES SAID: Lesley has the ability to inspire others with the work she is doing and is mindful of the need to involve others in the activities. She is innovative and inspirational and described very good outcomes for the residents.

Best Dementia Care Home: sponsored by Castleoak
Heffle Court, Caring Homes
THE JUDGES SAID: The judges chose Heffle Court because the love and passion they feel for residents and their families is inspiring. The focus of the home is to be a new and positive chapter in a person’s life and their desire is to give ‘new memories’ for both families and the resident.

Best Dementia Continence Care: sponsored by SCA Hygiene
Carlingwark House, Community Integrated Care
THE JUDGES SAID: Their passionate belief in delivering the very best care, maintaining dignity, for example ensuring aids are not displayed on top of wardrobes, and supporting the whole staff team to make the required culture change, by making sure individuals are at the heart of everything they do.

Best Dementia Friendly Hospital: sponsored by The Department of Health
Frail and Older People’s Team, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
THE JUDGES SAID: Their passion, energy and drive has led them to find out about different approaches to support people with dementia and to develop a simple means of identification using a coloured pillowcase. They’ve developed trust-wide training and awareness raising that touches and reaches all staff with particular emphasis on really getting the know the person, by involving family, friends and the person themselves. With blue sky thinking, they have blue sky pillowcases to enhance care.

Best Dementia Garden: sponsored by Barchester Healthcare
Beech House Residential Home, The Partnership in Care Ltd
THE JUDGES SAID: The Beech House provides a truly interactive, inspirational environment for the residents to experience and engage with. As one resident said ‘it gives me a purpose to getting up in the morning’

Best Dementia Nurse Specialist/Dementia Lead: sponsored by The Department of Health
Janice McGory, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
THE JUDGES SAID: The judges chose Janice because of her ability to recognise and address the potential barriers to delivering best practice in dementia care. They were impressed with how Janice has actively engaged and truly involved people living with the effects of dementia within the Trust.

Best Dementia Team: sponsored by Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester
Reminiscence Team, Sunrise Senior Living, Cardiff
THE JUDGES SAID: They demonstrated a committed team including Tilly the dog and Mostyn the cat, hard work, fun and communication with both families and persons living with dementia. When asked ‘what would winning the team award mean? Wendy responded ‘we’re not in it to win it!’

Best Dementia Trainee: sponsored by Alzheimer’s Society Training and Consultancy
Lee Forbes, EachStep Blackley
THE JUDGES SAID: Lee demonstrated passion, understanding and genuine commitment to his role in care. His journey was influenced by his own personal experience and led to his decision to work in the car field. He has embraced every learning opportunity given to him and his reward is his ability to make people smile.

Best Dignity in Care Champion: sponsored by The Department of Health
Shancimol Mathew, Morton Grange
THE JUDGES SAID: Shanci is deeply compassionate and an absolute advocate for residents in her care. She demonstrates a profound understanding of what it means to support and promote dignity. She leads by example and is a well deserved winner.

Best Resident/Relative Contribution: sponsored by NorseCare
Jim Kirkpatrick, HC-One
THE JUDGES SAID: The judges chose Jim because there were several different dimensions to Jim’s contribution to the care home and he has a keen interest in addressing issues of concern to other carers and relatives. They felt there was a very positive reciprocal relationship between Jim and the care home, reflected in the comment made by the manager, who said, “our views would not be half as good without Jim helping us out”

Dementia Care Inspiring Leader: sponsored by Jackie Pool Associates Ltd
Dominique Kent, The Good Care Group
THE JUDGES SAID: Dominique brings a clear, methodical but compassionate approach to leadership. She supports a widely dispersed staff group working alone with people with dementia and their families by building triangles of care. She values her staff enormously providing accessible training and inspiring them to grow, develop and overtake her.

Best Dementia Care Manager: sponsored by Four Seasons Health Care
Anita Fletcher, Sanctuary Care
THE JUDGES SAID: Anita’s passion, dedication and experience led the judges to feel confident that she could, and has, tackled very difficult situations. Anita wants to impart knowledge and delights in others progressing and succeeding. She seeks out and connects with a wide network of others in the field.

Dementia Care Personality: sponsored by Bupa
Marsha Tuffin, The Abbeyfield Society
THE JUDGES SAID: Although this was a difficult choice, Marsha’s personality and passion shone through. Through her dedication, leadership and commitment to transforming the lives of the people she cares for and works with, Marsha clearly makes a huge impact on others. The judges appreciated Marsha’s ethos “it’s OK to cuddle” and “it’s who I am”

Exceptional Contribution by a Person Living with Dementia: sponsored by The Daily Sparkle
Norrms McNamara, Purple Angel
THE JUDGES SAID: The judges were impressed with the sheer weight and volume of his work and activities and with the range of effect Norrms has had across the dementia community nationally and internationally.

The 2014 Ken Holt Memorial Award: sponsored by Lifestory Network
Robert Grady, Birmingham Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust
THE JUDGES SAID: Robert’s passion, drive and ability reflects the essence of the Ken Holt Memorial Award. He is changing people’s lives, improving relationships and changing cultures through his life story work.

Lifetime Achievement in Dementia Care: sponsored by Shaw Healthcare
Pam Schweitzer, European Reminiscence Network
THE JUDGES SAID: Pam was chosen because of her passion for creating fun and re-igniting love and a sense of cohesiveness for couples and individuals living with dementia. Pam has been an inspirational leader through her internationally recognised reminiscence networks, publications, training & resources.

Outstanding Dementia Care Product or Innovation: sponsored by Community Integrated Care
The Archie Project, Reminiscence Learning
THE JUDGES SAID: The Project demonstrates positive impact across communities that have made a significant difference to both people living with dementia and their families. It fits well with the national dementia strategy and has the potential to scale across the UK and beyond.

The 2014 Dr Kartar Badsha Award for Outstanding Dementia Care Support Worker: sponsored by The Journal of Dementia Care
Michelle Cash, Black Country Partnership Foundation Trust
THE JUDGES SAID: Michelle has a strong commitment to personal care and integration of professional networks. Michelle is good at making the whole system work for the person with dementia from challenging GPs to setting up groups to combat loneliness. You could trust your loved one to her care.

For future sponsorship opportunities please contact Caroline Bowern, caroline@hawkerpublications.com

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