Two innovative NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde services aimed at dementia patients were today (Thursday, 24 September) named as category winners at the Scottish Dementia Awards.
Scotland’s largest health board’s Knowing Me, Knowing You pilot was named best acute care initiative, while the Namaste Care Team East Ward at Dykebar Hospital won the best innovation in continuing care category at the awards ceremony held in Glasgow’s Marriot Hotel.
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, Gartnavel Royal, said: “This is a real accolade for everyone involved and welcome recognition for the Knowing Me, Knowing You project developed by NHSGGC’s mental health services.
“The award honours the teamwork between staff, patients and their families that has gone in to 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 Namaste project cares for patients with advanced dementia and supports the philosophy of person-centred care. It offers people with advanced dementia the opportunity to engage with others through therapeutic touch and sensory stimulation.