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NHS hopes to spark dementia care innovation with £150,000 prize

NHS England is inviting staff on the frontline of dementia care to showcase service innovations for the chance to win up to £150,000, and see their idea rolled out across the country.

The competition, run jointly by NHS England and Janssen Healthcare Innovation, is calling on frontline health and care professional teams to demonstrate how they have innovated and redesigned services to fit around the needs of dementia patients.

The aim of the challenge is to reward “forward thinking” approaches to joining up care for the estimated 800,000 people in the UK with dementia, according to NHS England.

The competition is open to anyone working on the frontline of dementia care – specialist nurses and social workers to support workers, charities and patient support groups.

Entrants will need to demonstrate how they are working as a seamless multidisciplinary team, with a least one other organisation from a different sector, and provide evidence of the positive impact the integrated service is having on the lives of patients and their carers. 

Winning teams will have the chance to have their approach scaled up across the rest of the country.

NHS England dementia tsar Professor Alistair Burns said: “The ultimate goal is to find innovative and novel approaches which can have a measurable impact on outcomes for people with dementia.

“We know that great examples of excellent care already exist and we look forward to seeing high quality submissions from across the dementia community.”

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Society, added: “Alzheimer’s Society welcomes the government’s recent announcement about the need for integrated health and social care, and hopefully this prize will encourage and inspire new ideas for transforming care.”

The deadline for submissions is 4 September. For more information about the NHS Innovation Challenge Prize for Dementia, visit: www.nhschallengeprizes.org.

 

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