NHS Forth Valley Named as Finalist in Scotland’s Dementia Awards

A project to improve the experience of people with dementia who require hospital care in NHS Forth Valley has been shortlisted in Scotland’s Dementia Awards and named as a finalist in the Acute Care category.

The project focuses on increasing the number of patients transferred to inpatient wards before 8pm and reducing the number of moves between different wards after patients have been admitted.  Achieving a significant and sustained improvement in both of these areas has resulted in positive patient, carer and staff experiences.

Scotland’s Dementia Awards, a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council, now in its 6th year, sets out to celebrate and recognise projects and the people behind them who are going the extra mile to support people living with dementia and their families across Scotland.

The Awards recognise the country’s most innovative and ambitious projects, by showcasing creative approaches from policy to practice, and highlighting the dedication of people supporting those living with dementia and their families and carers.

Nicola Wood, NHS Forth Valley’s Team Leader for Liaison Psychiatry, said:  ‘We are delighted to be named as finalists in this year’s Scotland’s Dementia Awards.  This has been an exciting project involving many teams across Forth Valley Royal Hospital working together to achieve a shared goal for people with dementia.  The project team are proud of the impact this has had on the experience of local patient and carers and local staff have also reported increased satisfaction in delivering care.”

Henry Simmons, Chief Executive, at Alzheimer Scotland, said: “Scotland’s Dementia Awards celebrate the work of both professionals and community groups who are committed to helping people with dementia and their families.

“All of our finalists this year are extremely deserving for their commitment in supporting people living with dementia and their families and we look forward to saying a big thank you to all our finalists and winners on the day.”

Winners will be announced on World Alzheimer’s Day, 21 September 2017, at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel.

 For further information please contact NHS Forth Valley’s Communications Department on 01786 457264.