The Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) Memory Service is celebrating after being announced winners in the first ever University of Stirling International Dementia Awards, recently held in Birmingham.
The Memory Service Team was up against a fantastic array of nominees, highlighting the immense work that is undertaken around the globe to support people and their families affected by dementia.
The Memory Service won the Innovation Team Award which recognises a team who has demonstrated exceptionally high quality of care to dementia patients and their families. The awards were presented by Baroness Joan Bakewell, as part of the International Dementia Conference in Birmingham.
The award sponsors Target Healthcare REIT also presented the Western Trust’s Memory Service Team with a prize to the value of £5,000 for Dementia Training. This money will greatly enhance the skills of the staff working in dementia care.
Commenting on the winners of the Innovation Team Award, Professor June Andrews, Director of Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling said, “The Western Trust’s Memory service, aims to detect and assess dementia at the earliest possible stage, make treatment recommendations and provide information and support to patients and care givers. This Team are committed to the principle of involving people with dementia and carers in the design, delivery and evaluation of its services.
She added, “This award is a great way to celebrate what is best in dementia care. The Western Trust’s Memory Service Team are really making a difference for individuals with dementia, families and communities.”
Expressing his delight at the fantastic achievement for the Western Trust’s Memory Team Alan Corry-Finn, Western Trust Director of Primary Care and Older Peoples Services said, “In the Western Trust we are determined to see the continued improvement of patient care and experience and I am absolutely thrilled that the Trust’s Memory Service has been recognised internationally for their work in improving the lives of patients with dementia and their families.
“The Western Trust is ranked fifth out of 178 health authorities across the UK for dementia diagnosis. This award demonstrates that the Western Trust under the strong leadership of Geraldine Brown, Assistant Director of Secondary Care, who was also a finalist in the International Dementia Leader of the year, has been leading the way in Northern Ireland on early diagnosis and improving dementia services.”