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NHSGGC older people's project shortlisted for Dementia Scotland award

Monday, September 7, 2015

An innovative NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde(NHSGGC) service aimed at dementia patients has been nominated for a prestigious award. 

Scotland’s largest health board’s Knowing Me, Knowing You pilot has been shortlisted in the best acute care initiative category of the Scottish Dementia Awards. 

The Knowing Me, Knowing You scrapbooking project is part of Gartnavel Royal Hospital’s Art in the Gart programme and was piloted in the hospital’s older adult assessment wards. 

A joint initiative between The Village Storytelling Centre and board staff from a variety of disciplines the project works with patients diagnosed with dementia. 

Working collaboratively with the team, patients develop highly personal journals to share life stories with their families, friends or carers. 

Colin McCormack, head of Mental Health Services, NHSGGC, said: “Being shortlisted for this award is great recognition of the work being carried out by NHSGGC’s mental health services. It recognises the teamwork involved in creating this project which is having a positive impact on many of our patients lives. 

“We have designed the project to create an environment and approach where people with dementia can take part as the person they are now while using memories of earlier life experiences to create journals. 

“It has real benefits for patients, their families and carers as it encourages communication and helps to strengthen or build relationships.” 

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday, 24 September.

 

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