NHS England’s Dementia Friendly Dentistry programme has been awarded Dementia Friendly Partnership of the Year.
The programme, which brought together colleagues in dental care, Public Health England and Health Education to produce the ‘Dementia Friendly Dentistry’ toolkit published in May, won the award for its efforts to make lives better for those living with dementia.
‘We were surprised to win as we were in awe of other people’s entries,’ Jean Rogers, senior commissioning manger at NHS England, said.
‘We’re really pleased though and grateful for this opportunity to share our work with others.
‘We’re really happy just being at the awards because it has been great talking to other finalists, such as some representatives from Salford University, and exploring opportunities to link up in the future.’
Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health, added: ‘The Dementia Friendly Communities programme has led to inspiring action, raising awareness of this condition and supporting people to live well.
‘Dementia is a priority for this government and I am inspired by the work of the individuals here today who are leading the way in making their own communities dementia friendly.’