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Do you have the Next Big Innovation in dementia care?

A unique partnership opportunity

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Do you have the Next Big Innovation in dementia care?

Alzheimer Scotland is delighted to launch a unique partnership opportunity to find the next big innovation in dementia care, offering up to £10,000 supportive funding to help turn your innovation into a reality

Dementia is one of the biggest public health issues facing the world today. It affects over 44 million people across the globe. We are looking for innovative and creative new ideas that offer practical solutions to support people to live well with dementia, as well as their carers, partners and families.

On Friday 8 June 2018, as part of our Annual Conference, we will ask the audience to vote to find the next big (or small) innovation that could transform care and/or support for people with dementia and their families.

Your innovation could be a new technology, a new practice or a new approach to the current delivery of services for people with dementia and their families. Your innovation could be to:

  • support people with dementia to manage the symptoms of their illness and maintain their independence;
  • support people with dementia to stay in their own home or sustain their community activities;
  • support family carers of people with dementia to help look after someone at home;
  • assist health and social care professionals in caring for people with dementia and supporting their carers/families.
  • Or a unique innovation focused on entertainment or leisure time for people with dementia.

The opportunities are endless, so let your creative juices flow and submit an entry today!

How to enter

Please read the ‘conditions of entry’, before completing and submitting the entry form.

Each entry must contain the following:

  1. Innovation title
  2. Names and contact details of the person/people/group submitting the innovation
  3. Your goals – what you hope to achieve with this innovation, in no more than 50 words
  4. A brief description of the innovation, including how your innovation will support people to live well with dementia, and their carers, partners and families. How your innovation will provide long lasting impact and benefits; along with how your innovation could be sustained and/or rolled out nationally. This should be no longer than 250 words
  5. How you would use the £10,000 supportive funding to implement the innovation. This should include timescales, the development and running of an appropriate pilot project, as well as relevant costs relating to equipment, staff etc. This should be no longer than 250 words
  6. Agreement to the conditions of entry outlined below
  7. A short video, no longer than 4 minutes, about your innovation. You should consider this as your ‘elevator pitch’ and use it to convince viewers why your innovation should be the one to win. This video should be uploaded to Youtube or Vimeo in the first instance, accessible via a private link. If you are shortlisted for the final, your video will form the basis of pitch to a live audience of 500 delegates who will vote for the best innovation. Please consider this audience when making your video.

Please submit your entry to Chris Kelly at conference@alzscot.org. All entries must be submitted by midnight on Monday 30 April 2018.

Submissions will be assessed by a judging panel of experts in dementia, including people with dementia and their carers, who will shortlist a number of finalists (shortlisting will take place early May 2018). The finalists will be announced circa 8 May 2018. These finalists will be featured on Alzheimer Scotland’s website and social media channels (using the video and descriptions supplied) before competing for votes from a live audience at the Alzheimer Scotland Annual Conference on Friday 8 June at the EICC in Edinburgh.


Conditions of entry

  • Please note that all submissions must be able to provide a representative to attend the conference on Friday 8 June in Edinburgh. Alongside your pitch on the day, you will have the chance to engage with the delegate audience throughout the day to persuade them to vote for your innovation, by hosting an exhibition stand
  • This process will not accept submissions seeking funding for research
  • By submitting an entry, the applicant acknowledges the submitted innovation will be a partnership delivered in conjunction with Alzheimer Scotland.
  • By submitting an entry, applicants agree to participate in all publicity associated with the process and consent to all material, collated during the process, being published as Alzheimer Scotland deems suitable.
  • The proposal must be developed in line with the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland and the Charter of Rights for people with dementia and their carers and reflect the commitments of the third National Dementia Strategy for Scotland
  • The proposal must clearly demonstrate how your innovation supports people with dementia and their carers, family members, to live well with dementia
  • Upon winning, the winner will initially meet with an identified champion at senior leadership level within Alzheimer Scotland to discuss the details for intended delivery and potential of sustainable development, agreed criteria for investment decisions and delegated authority, along with the exact mechanics of funding delivery and reporting updates.
  • The winner will provide the expertise and knowledge required to successfully implement the innovation. Crucially this includes an understanding of the likely pitfalls and obstacles.

Please watch the video below for more information about key dates for entry –

Key dates

  • 8 February 2018 – entries open
  • 30 April 2018 – entries close
  • Early May 2018 – shortlisting meeting
  • Circa 8 May 2018 – finalists announced
  • 8 June 2018 – finalists pitch to live audience at Alzheimer Scotland’s Annual Conference at the EICC, Edinburgh. Winner announced.

For more information please contact conference@alzscot.org

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