Award categories

There are six categories to enter in 2017. They are as follows:

Best acute care initiative
Best innovation in continuing care
Best community support initiative
Best dementia-friendly community initiative
Best educational initiative
Most innovative partnership

There will be a maximum of three finalists per category. All finalists will be asked to submit additional material to create a short film clip, about their project, for display at the awards ceremony and all entrants must be available to attend the awards ceremony, at The Marriott, Glasgow, on 21 September, where the winners will be announced. There will also be a lifetime achievement award presented to a pre-selected guest of honour at the ceremony.

 

Best acute care initiative

This category is open to health and social care staff of all disciplines working in an acute care environment. This includes staff working in acute care hospital wards, accident and emergency departments, emergency response, anticipatory care and intermediate care teams and includes general, mental health and community hospital settings.

The judging panel will be looking for initiatives that provide exceptional support to people with dementia when they are acutely ill, in need of surgery or other interventions.

These initiatives might aim to:

  • enhance recognition of dementia
  • reduce stress and distress
  • evidence highly skilled interventions by staff
  • demonstrate close partnership working with families
  • provide a more positive, personalised and enabling type of support
  • realise speedier, supported discharge
  • provide alternative solutions to hospitalisation

People with dementia can find themselves requiring acute care at any point on the dementia journey and therefore entries may either relate to a specific point or present a more generalised approach.

All entries must be able to demonstrate specific benefit to people with dementia. Entries which include extracts from people with dementia, carers and/or family members will be especially welcomed. The judging panel will be looking for entries which demonstrate many of these highly valued aspects:

  • Including people with dementia, their carers, partners and families in key decision-making and activities, as well as making
  • sure they remain included in their local communities
  • Enabling people with dementia to stay empowered by continuing to use their own skills and maintain independence for as long as possible
  • Maintaining the dignity, equality and respect of people with dementia, their carers, partners and families, as outlined in the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland and the Charter of Rights for people with dementia and their carers
  • Connecting people with dementia, their carers, partners and families to information, advice, services, care, activities and peer support
  • Ensuring a personalised approach by recognising and working according to the needs and wishes of people with dementia, their carers, partners and families
  • Promoting the understanding of dementia, increasing knowledge about the illness and increasing empathy with people affected by it
  • Working in partnership with other groups in the public, voluntary or independent sector to provide care, support or an activity

A suggested structure has been outline below, to aid the writing of your submission:

  • Brief introduction to your initiative (Please remember the judges may not know about your initiative so write as clearly and concisely as possible about your project)
  • Describe what prompted the initiative, what was done, who was involved in the initiative, any challenges that had to be overcome, how they were overcome,
  • what worked well and the benefits of having the initiative in place
  • How this reflects the content and aspirations of Promoting Excellence and the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland
  • Provide evidence of evaluation; how you know it is making a difference to the quality of life for people with dementia, their families and carers
  • Describe if and how your initiative will be sustained

You can view the marking grid for this category here.

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Best innovation in continuing care

This category is open to all staff and disciplines providing support to people with dementia within a care home setting.

The judging panel will be looking for fresh, creative thinking applied to practice that may help people with dementia be more independent, involved, engaged, connected to their community, active and living to their full potential.

Entries might relate to imaginative approaches to enhance the lives of people with dementia in continuing care settings, including those experiencing the complex difficulties that later stages of the illness can bring. Ideas are welcomed that enhance the experience of people at any point on their journey through dementia, including at the end of life.

All entries must be able to demonstrate specific benefit to people with dementia. Entries which include extracts from people with dementia, carers and/or family members will be especially welcomed. The judging panel will be looking for entries which demonstrate many of these highly valued aspects:

  • Including people with dementia, their carers, partners and families in key decision-making and activities, as well as making sure they remain included in their local communities
  • Enabling people with dementia to stay empowered by continuing to use their own skills and maintain independence for as long as possible
  • Maintaining the dignity, equality and respect of people with dementia, their carers, partners and families, as outlined in the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland and the Charter of Rights for people with dementia and their carers
  • Connecting people with dementia, their carers, partners and families to information, advice, services, care, activities and peer support
  • Ensuring a personalised approach by recognising and working according to the needs and wishes of people with dementia, their carers, partners and families
  • Promoting the understanding of dementia, increasing knowledge about the illness and increasing empathy with people affected by it
  • Working in partnership with other groups in the public, voluntary or independent sector to provide care, support or an activity

A suggested structure has been outline below, to aid the writing of your submission:

  • Brief introduction to your initiative (Please remember the judges may not know about your initiative so write as clearly and concisely as possible about your project)
  • Describe what prompted the initiative, what was done, who was involved in the initiative, any challenges that had to be overcome, how they were overcome,
  • what worked well and the benefits of having the initiative in place
  • How this reflects the content and aspirations of Promoting Excellence and the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland
  • Provide evidence of evaluation; how you know it is making a difference to the quality of life for people with dementia, their families and carers
  • Describe if and how your initiative will be sustained

You can view the marking grid for this category here.
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Best community support initiative

This category is open to all staff and organisations supporting people with dementia living at home.

The judging panel will be looking for the sort of initiatives that help people with dementia and their families stay in control of their own situation and challenge stereotypical attitudes towards dementia. These might relate to:
• assisting people to keep well, engaged and active
• realising personalised ambitions or dreams
• connecting people and families
• channelling interests in a new and creative way; they may illustrate how major challenges can be overcome
• involves people with dementia in creative pursuits which demonstrates and illustrates their strengths and potential

Entries might relate to any point in the experience of dementia; from the provision of a diagnosis, living well with increasing support or an initiative that supports someone to remain at home even when experiencing complex changes or the end of life.

All entries must be able to demonstrate specific benefit to people with dementia. Entries which include extracts from people with dementia, carers and/or family members will be especially welcomed. The judging panel will be looking for entries which demonstrate many of these highly valued aspects:
• Including people with dementia, their carers, partners and families in key decision-making and activities, as well as making
sure they remain included in their local communities
• Enabling people with dementia to stay empowered by continuing to use their own skills and maintain independence for as long as possible
• Maintaining the dignity, equality and respect of people with dementia, their carers, partners and families, as outlined in the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland and the Charter of Rights for people with dementia and their carers
• Connecting people with dementia, their carers, partners and families to information, advice, services, care, activities and peer support
• Ensuring a personalised approach by recognising and working according to the needs and wishes of people with dementia, their carers, partners and families
• Promoting the understanding of dementia, increasing knowledge about the illness and increasing empathy with people affected by it
• Working in partnership with other groups in the public, voluntary or independent sector to provide care, support or an activity

A suggested structure has been outline below, to aid the writing of your submission:
• Brief introduction to your initiative (Please remember the judges may not know about your initiative so write as clearly and concisely as possible about your project)
• Describe what prompted the initiative, what was done, who was involved in the initiative, any challenges that had to be overcome, how they were overcome,
what worked well and the benefits of having the initiative in place
• How this reflects the content and aspirations of Promoting Excellence and the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland
• Provide evidence of evaluation; how you know it is making a difference to the quality of life for people with dementia, their families and carers
• Describe if and how your initiative will be sustained

You can view the marking grid for this category here.
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Best dementia friendly community initiative

This category of award seeks to acknowledge, and is open to, local community initiatives; perhaps a good neighbour scheme, volunteer project or developments in local stores and amenities.

The judging panel will be looking for initiatives which help to support people with dementia not only to continue to live well within their own community but also remain valued, connected and involved members of that community.

Realising a truly dementia-friendly community could mean:
• addressing stigma and discrimination
• removing or adapting environmental barriers
• overcoming lack of awareness
• providing practical help
• developing enabling ideas or networks
• involves people with dementia in creative pursuits which demonstrates and illustrates their strengths and potential

They might create a more inclusive community or make community services more accessible to people with dementia.

All entries must be able to demonstrate specific benefit to people with dementia. Entries which include extracts from people with dementia, carers and/or family members will be especially welcomed. The judging panel will be looking for entries which demonstrate
many of these highly valued aspects:
• Including people with dementia, their carers, partners and families in key decision-making and activities, as well as making
sure they remain included in their local communities
• Enabling people with dementia to stay empowered by continuing to use their own skills and maintain independence for as long as possible
• Maintaining the dignity, equality and respect of people with dementia, their carers, partners and families, as outlined in the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland and the Charter of Rights for people with dementia and their carers
• Connecting people with dementia, their carers, partners and families to information, advice, services, care, activities and peer support
• Ensuring a personalised approach by recognising and working according to the needs and wishes of people with dementia, their carers, partners and families
• Promoting the understanding of dementia, increasing knowledge about the illness and increasing empathy with people affected by it
• Working in partnership with other groups in the public, voluntary or independent sector to provide care, support or an activity

A suggested structure has been outline below, to aid the writing of your submission:
• Brief introduction to your initiative (Please remember the judges may not know about your initiative so write as clearly and concisely as possible about your project)
• Describe what prompted the initiative, what was done, who was involved in the initiative, any challenges that had to be overcome, how they were overcome,
what worked well and the benefits of having the initiative in place
• How this reflects the content and aspirations of Promoting Excellence and the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland
• Provide evidence of evaluation; how you know it is making a difference to the quality of life for people with dementia, their families and carers
• Describe if and how your initiative will be sustained

You can view the marking grid for this category here.
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Best educational initiative

This category is open to health and social care staff from all sectors, schools, higher education institutions, colleges, training organisations and companies, local communities and projects.

The judging panel will be looking for educational initiatives which help develop knowledge, skills attitudes and behaviours that help to change thinking about dementia and the potential of people with dementia.

Entries could relate to initiatives which:

  • improve practice by enhancing knowledge and skills in keeping with the Promoting Excellence Framework
  • enhance quality of life
  • make services and supports more accessible to people with dementia and families and carers
  • prepare staff to work differently, in a more personalised way
  • bring people together to learn in an innovative way

The educational initiative may be directed at any group including, health and social services staff, people with dementia, families and communities.

All entries must be able to demonstrate specific benefit to people with dementia and families/carers.

Entries
The judging panel will be looking for entries which demonstrate many of these highly valued aspects:

  • The meaningful involvement of people with dementia, their carers, partners and families in designing and delivering the educational imitative,
  • How the initiative contributes to enabling people with dementia to stay empowered by continuing to use their own skills and maintain independence for as long as possible
  • How the initiative contributes to maintaining the dignity, equality and respect of people with dementia, their carers, partners and families, as outlined in the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland and the Charter of Rights for people with dementia and their carers
  • How the initiative contributes to ensuring a personalised approach by recognising and working according to the needs and wishes of people with dementia, their carers, partners and families
  • How the initiative contributes to promoting the understanding of dementia, and increasing knowledge and skills
  • Working in partnership with other groups

A suggested structure has been outline below, to aid the writing of your submission:

  • Brief introduction to your initiative (Please remember the judges may not know about your initiative so write as clearly and concisely as possible about your project)
  • Describe what prompted the initiative, what was done, who was involved in the initiative, any challenges that had to be overcome, how they were overcome, what worked well and the benefits of having the initiative in place.
  • How this reflects the content and aspirations of Promoting Excellence and the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland
  • Provide evidence of evaluation; how you know it is making a difference to the quality of life for people with dementia, their families and carers
  • Describe if and how your initiative will be sustained and further developed.

You can view the marking grid for this category here.
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Most innovative partnership

This category is open to all partnerships between agencies, sectors, disciplines, teams and groups.

The judging panel will be looking for new partnerships or partners working in a different way for the specific purpose of contributing to more positive experiences and outcomes for people with dementia, their families and communities.

Entries for this category might reflect work:
• developed between disciplines or teams who have not worked together before
• have changed the structure or design of their service through partnerships to make them more accessible and/or appropriate to people with dementia
• demonstrated exceptional partnership working with people with dementia and their families and communities to realise more personalised outcomes.

All entries must be able to demonstrate specific benefit to people with dementia. Entries which include extracts from people with dementia, carers and/or family members will be especially welcomed. The judging panel will be looking for entries which demonstrate many of these highly valued aspects:
• Including people with dementia, their carers, partners and families in key decision-making and activities, as well as making
sure they remain included in their local communities
• Enabling people with dementia to stay empowered by continuing to use their own skills and maintain independence for as long as possible
• Maintaining the dignity, equality and respect of people with dementia, their carers, partners and families, as outlined in the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland and the Charter of Rights for people with dementia and their carers
• Connecting people with dementia, their carers, partners and families to information, advice, services, care, activities and peer support
• Ensuring a personalised approach by recognising and working according to the needs and wishes of people with dementia, their carers, partners and families
• Promoting the understanding of dementia, increasing knowledge about the illness and increasing empathy with people affected by it
• Working in partnership with other groups in the public, voluntary or independent sector to provide care, support or an activity

A suggested structure has been outline below, to aid the writing of your submission –
• Brief introduction to your initiative (Please remember the judges may not know about your initiative so write as clearly and concisely as possible about your project)
• Describe what prompted the initiative, what was done, who was involved in the initiative, any challenges that had to be overcome, how they were overcome, what worked well and the benefits of having the initiative in place
• How this reflects the content and aspirations of Promoting Excellence and the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland
• Provide evidence of evaluation; how you know it is making a difference to the quality of life for people with dementia, their families and carers
• Describe if and how your initiative will be sustained

You can view the marking grid for this category here.
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