Awarded for big ideas

The team with their award
The team with their award

The NHS Dumfries and Galloway Interventions for Dementia: Education, Assessment and Support (IDEAS) team are celebrating after scooping a national award that recognises their work on reducing stress and distress in people living with dementia.

The Putting You First supported team beat colleagues from across mental health services in Scotland in the Dementia category. But the team was even more delighted when they received the Practice Exellence Award across all categories for Practice of the Year.

The main focus of the team is to work with the Care Homes across the region with partners including health and social care services and Third Sector organisations like Alzheimer Scotland and Carers Trust to reduce stress and distress and improve quality of life for people with dementia.

Dr Fionnuala Edgar said, “Through the IDEAS team we have been able to be more fully committed to the delivery of support and education to carers working in care homes across the region. This has allowed us to deliver a holistic, person-centred approach that has received overwhelmingly positive results across the region.

“The team is delighted that the project has received national recognition and the accolade is shared amongst all the staff, both in care homes and in mental health, who have been involved in this valuable piece of work.”