A Derry man who works for the Alzheimer’s Society has been honoured by Health Minister Edwin Poots at a ceremony in Belfast.
The Minister presented an award for Staff Member of the Year to Raymond Davidson at this year’s Dementia Achievements Awards in Belfast.
Mr Davidson was presented with the award at an event organised by the DSDC NI (Dementia Services Development Centre NI).
The event brought together carers, health workers and volunteers to celebrate and share the good working practice in dementia care within Northern Ireland.
Awards included – Dementia Friendly Community, Dementia Education to Practice, Dementia and the Arts, Carer of the Year, Staff Member of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Dementia Design and Innovation of the Year.
Mr Poots said: “The work done by individuals, and by organisations such as the Dementia Services Development Centre, has helped drive dementia into the consciousness of the public, the media, and those in government.
“We will continue to strive for further improvements and to tackle the future issues that go hand in hand with living with dementia.”
The Northern Ireland Dementia Services Development Centre which organised the awards was supported by a prestigious team of judges from within the health and social care sector in Northern Ireland.
A wide range of entries were carefully considered to decide on the finalists and winners and the judges were impressed by the high standard.
Professor June Andrews, Director of DSDC said: “This is a great way to celebrate what is best in dementia care in Northern Ireland. People are putting knowledge into practice and really making a difference for individuals, families and communities.”
The awards were part of the Dementia 2013 conference attended by delegates from the health and social care sector including people from the health trusts, private sector, and voluntary organisations.
The Centre is funded by Atlantic Philanthropies and the Department of Health.