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Hennell Award - previous winners

Previous winners

The 2016 Hennell Award       

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. 

Hennell Award, Dementia, ADS, Worcester

“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; and
•The Memory Plus team, Leicestershire County Council.

 All recipients have attended courses with the University’s ADS.

The 2015 Hennell Award

Christina Hulse, Dementia Lead at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust 


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’ to 

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

three‘ Commended’ certificates to

•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

2014 Hennell Award winner

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

 (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