Our Suffolk dementia service scoops top health award

The Dementia Suffolk team at the HSJ Awards

A Sue Ryder-partnered service in Suffolk that's helping and supporting people living with dementia won an award at the prestigious Health Service Journal Awards in London last night.

The Health Service Journal Awards have recognised, celebrated and promoted the finest achievements in the NHS for the last 36 years.

Dementia Together – a service run in partnership with Sue Ryder, NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups, and Suffolk County Council – beat nominations from across the country to win the CCG & Local Authority Integrated Commissioning for Carers Award.

Supporting the wellbeing of carers in Suffolk

The award recognises our partnership work's in supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of carers.

Launched in April this year, Dementia Together supports people at all stages of the illness, from those worried about memory loss through to people who have a long-standing diagnosis and are nearing the end of their lives.

The service provides practical information and support for people living with dementia and their carers. It enables them to seek advice through a single point of contact, helping them access the right help at the right time and preventing them reaching crisis point.

Jo Marshall, Sue Ryder The Chantry Centre Director said: '’We are absolutely delighted to have won an HSJ award," says Jo Marshall, Director of our The Chantry neurological care centre in Ipswich. "The large number of referrals we have had and positive feedback from people supported by Dementia Together demonstrate the need for such a service.

"I would like to thank all the local organisations and community groups involved in helping to make the service a success, helping people affected by dementia and their carers have as good a quality of life as possible."

Helping more than 600 people

"Since its launch in April, the service has helped more than 600 people and we know the really big difference it has made to the lives of those who are caring for people living with dementia," adds Dr Roz Tandy, a GP and dementia lead for NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group.

"Carers have an important role in the development of Dementia Together, ensuring that the service provides information and expertise in one easily accessible place," she continues. "It's certainly pleasing that we have received this national recognition. Everyone involved in establishing and delivering the service should be pleased and proud of this achievement."

Cllr Beccy Hopfensperger, Suffolk County Council's cabinet member for adult care, said: "Winning this national award is nothing more than the service deserves. Those running Dementia Together are making a positive difference to the lives of those living with dementia in Suffolk. I am so pleased that we have a service in the county that is so successfully protecting our most vulnerable people."

The award was presented to Dementia Together stakeholders, along with the winners in 22 other categories, at the HSJ Awards at London’s Intercontinental O2 yesterday.