Hennell award

  

The Hennell Award for Innovation and Excellence in Dementia Care was launched in memory of the late Brian Hennell at the ADS 5th birthday celebration event on 14 May 2014. 
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His wife June has kindly sponsored this award which will recognise people who have made a significant contribution to promoting person-centred care.

2019 call for nominations now open

This award is to celebrate the achievements of an individual or team who have shown their ability to implement positive change for people living with dementia.

It is open to anyone who has attended a course facilitated by the Association for Dementia Studies or who is studying for the Foundation Degree in Dementia at Worcester.

Nominations can be made by self, colleagues, course tutors and any individuals or carers affected by dementia.

The judges base their decisions on the narrative provided on a Nomination Form and supporting information and evidence. The form can be downloaded from here.

Previous winners of the award 

 

The 2018 Hennell Award - Mary Tasker 

 

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Mary Tasker, is the Manager of the Hawthorns Care Home in Evesham, Worcestershire, part of the Shaw Healthcare Group.   

Mary was nominated by her colleague Alison Edwards, Activities Champion, for the outstanding work that she is doing within her nursing home to reduce psychotropic medication use and improve the lives of your residents with dementia.  

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The Hawthorns Care Home team with Prof Dawn Brooker, Isabelle Latham and June Hennell MBE

The judges were very impressed with the application and gave the following comments:

“Well done Mary, how innovative you are.”  

“Inspirational, flexible and creative. Above all caring and person centred. Well considered and presented, showed impact on resident, community and family.”

The Judging Panel was led by June Hennell MBE and also included Liz Mynard, David Moore, Operations Manager for Dementia at MHA and Gina Dutton, Head of the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester.  

The judges also awarded the following Certificates to:-

Highly Commended 

  • Carmel Hopkins, Deputy Director of Care, Castlemanor Nursing Home, Co. Cavan,Ireland for the outstanding work she is doing within her nursing home to reduce psychotropic medication use and improve the lives of her residents with dementia. 
  • Lorna Gregg and Sarah Goodger, Alzheimer’s Society in Herefordshire for the work that they have been doing with the Hereford Focus on Dementia Network group, the USURPERs, which is helping local organisations to ensure their offer is dementia-friendly. The evidence supplied shows just how much work they and the group have undertaken since it was established and it was evident that both Lorna and Sarah have made a significant difference to the lives of people with dementia living in Herefordshire through their passion to ensure services are led by people living with dementia. 
  • Patricia Goodens-Husbands, Registered Manager Eton House Residential Home for the excellent work she has been doing. The judges recognised her passion for supporting people living with dementia and their families and her achievement in taking a home from special measures to outstanding, leading from the top motivated by powerful convictions. 

Commended 

  • Rene Mathieson, Sunley Court, ExtraCare Charitable Trust, Kettering for her dedication to her residents at Sunley Court and her enthusiasm for improving dementia care. Because of a combination of Rene's innate skills and quality training Rene lives and breathes person-centred care and is an example of PCC in action ... all the time. The Care Team at Park Farm Lodge Care Home in Tamworth led by Donna Sealey, the Manager for the implementation of Namaste into their care home. Judges’ comments included: “Many congratulations for achieving small miracles every day. You must be very proud of your caring environment.”

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The 2016 Hennell Award - April Dobson 

April Dobson is Head of Dementia Innovation at the AbbeyField Society, a national charity. April Dobson was selected for work to embed the principles of VIPS and person-centred care into the Abbeyfield Society dementia strategy and the comprehensive practical steps that she has taken to implement this.

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“Both I, and Abbeyfield, are delighted that our Breath of Fresh Air Project has been recognised by this wonderful award,” she said. “It was an honour to stand alongside the other entrants but regardless of who wins, this is really about the people living with dementia that our projects will help. 

“I hope that the research from Breath of Fresh Air will go on to shape how people look at dementia care, and that we continue to help those living with the condition get outside, to get fresh air, and to remain as independent, happy and empowered as they can.” 

The Judging Panel was led by June Hennell and also included David Moore, Head of Dementia at Hallmark Care Homes and Robbie Duncan. 

Robbie and June are part of the ADS Link Group whose members are people with lived experience of dementia who support students, professionals and researchers to understand the impact of dementia on people living with the condition, their families and friends and the professional staff who care for them. 

Gina Dutton, Head of the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester, who was also on the panel said: “Yet again the calibre of the applications was very high and it was a privilege and a delight to have the opportunity to read about the wonderful things that learners who attend our training go back to their organisations and deliver.”

The judges also awarded:- 

one ‘Highly Commended’ to: 

  • Michelle Brown, Dementia Navigator, Alzheimer’s Society and recent graduate of the University of Worcester

and four ‘Commended’ certificates to 

  • Denise Brown, Home Manager, Pinewood Residential Care Home 
  • Lorna Butcher, Dementia Adviser at the Alzheimer’s Society 
  • Rachel Hayden, Dementia Lead Nurse, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Memory Plus team, Leicestershire County Council

 All recipients have attended courses with the University’s ADS

 

The 2015 Hennell Award - Christina Hulse

Christina Hulse, Dementia Lead at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust 

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Christina was selected as the recipient for her work on falls and dementia, carried out as part of the dementia leadership course, delivered by ADS. 

“This has given me a great insight into changing practice and as a result I have started to help make changes within my work role,” she said. “I have been seconded as Dementia Lead for Birmingham Community Health Care Trust where I really love my work, although it is sometimes challenging to change people's views and understanding around dementia. 

“As a Trust we are making changes in the way we work. As part of our yearly CQUIN we have adapted the Royal United Hospital, Bath Charter Mark Audit and will be auditing 12 wards/units across the Trust. This is a massive piece of work but so enjoyable, Supported by Frances Clarke, Associate Director of Nursing and colleagues a baseline audit has already completed and we are sincerely hoping that this audit will improve our care standards throughout and support carers and patients to live well with dementia.”

The Judging Panel was led by June Hennell and also included Mr Robbie Duncan. Robbie and June are part of the ADS Link Group whose members are people with lived experience of dementia who support students, professionals and researchers to understand dementia.

The judges also awarded:

one ‘Highly Commended’ certificate 

  • Janet Chand and Team at the Heantun/Accord Group in Bilston 

three‘ Commended’ certificates 

  • Natalie Allcock, Managing Director of Valuing Individual People at Redditch 
  • Michelle Done, Care Manager at Bluebird Care in Bromsgrove 
  • Joanne Cartmell, a Physiotherapist at West Heath Hospital, Birmingham, part of the Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust 

 

The 2014 Hennell Award - Emma Hawk

Emma Hawk, Mental Health Care Home Specialist from Oxfordshire, was selected as the winner of the 2014 Hennell Award  

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(L-R: Craig Hennell - June's son; June Hennell; Emma Hawk; Professor Dawn Brooker) 

Inspired by work on the ADS Leadership Course, Emma led on and produced a ‘Knowing Me’ patient passport document to be used collaboratively across two NHS Trusts in Oxfordshire. She led a pilot of the document in the Trusts which has now been approved for use as the standard tool to aid communication and improve person-centred care across the Trusts in Acute, Community and Mental Health settings. 

Judging was led by June Hennell along with Nicola Jacobson, Dementia Practice Development Coach at ADS and David Moore who previously worked with us and now works for Anchor Trust as a Dementia Lead Practitioner. They were very impressed with Emma’s application and gave the following comments: 

“Emma has demonstrated huge personal commitment and leadership skills to take this as far as she has” 

“Excellent idea to create a document that can be used for all patients with issues around communication and therefore reduce some of the stigma associated with the label of dementia” 

“Well done Emma”

Due to the calibre of applicants, judges chose to recognise the excellent work that is being done by awarding 5 ‘Highly Commended’ certificates as well as selecting an overall winner. These certificates were awarded to: 

  • Bryan O’Connor, Care Home Manager at The Beeches Care Home, Birmingham 
  • Jacqueline Minihone, Care Home Manager at Redhill Court, Birmingham 
  • Louise Kitching, Activities Co-ordinator, Greenhill Park Residential Home, Evesham 
  • Janet Chand, Service Manager, Priority Care Project, Bilston 
  • Karen Causer, Domiciliary Care Manager, Tender Care, Shropshire