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  • 2017 Margaret Butterworth Winners Posted on 31 July 2017

    Dementia Pathfinders were delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 Margaret Butterworth Award at their presentation event held in London this month.

    First a little about Margaret Butterworth, a family carer turned activist, who made it her business to make a difference for people living with the symptoms of dementia, their families and caregivers.

    Margaret’s achievements and legacies are numerous, not least the way she inspired everybody she met, creating communities of health and social services professionals and above all speaking up for the unsung heroes and heroines who spend expensive periods of time caring for and communicating with people whose symptoms can be exceptionally difficult to deal with and understand.  Theory is one thing, being there is another thing altogether, and it is in recognition of the very important role of being there, going the extra mile to make a difference to people with dementia, an illness that society prefers not to see.  

    In terms of this award the judges are looking for the qualities that Margaret stood for: reports from clients, residents, and family caregivers, about people doing sterling work who might not get recognised elsewhere. In order to be fair to those nominated we need detailed examples of what the person does to make a difference.

    2017 Margaret Butterworth Award Winners:

    Sultana Begum
    Sultana works as a live-in carer for Bluebird Care, Westminster & City of London. She was nominated by Beverley Smith, Registered Manager.
    This was an outstanding application in every way and well deserving of an award. There was an enthusiastic report from the clients’ daughter. We felt that Sultana is the linchpin of the house and the care team; an inspiration to colleagues and a credit to the company. She provides excellent person centred care, helping to maintain the clients’ lifestyle and links to the community.
    The judges felt that Sultana stood out for her humility, her commitment to everybody’s learning, her willingness to set standards and most of all for her grounding her actions in being of service to everyone involved and committed to making life much easier for people.

    Martine Metcalf
    Martine is a care supervisor for Lougher Home Care. She was nominated by Suzy Webster, a family carer.
    Martine was nominated by a family carer and several members of the family wrote testimonials about her. It was obvious that she makes a real difference to the family. She shows dementia specific skills in caring for her client. The judges felt that she is creatively person centred and relationship centred. She is clearly emotionally intelligent and able to tune in and adjust to changing circumstances. She offers a lot of safety and builds confidence. A worthy winner.

    Sarah Savidge
    Sarah is a Lifestyles Lead at Admiral Court Care Home in Leigh on Sea. She was nominated by David Moore at Hallmark Care Homes.
    A very good, dementia-specific application. The judges felt that Sarah showed imagination with all the events and outside visits she arranges, including intergenerational work. There was a lot of evidence including five testimonials.
    The judges felt that she recognises residents’ strengths and works to maximise these by matching interests. She has created a climate in which her colleagues want to participate in social engagement. She is bringing a vision to life and is worth her weight in gold.


    Highly commended

    Lucy Collins
    Lucy is a Trainee Associate Practitioner at Leeds Memory Service. She was nominated by Katie Walsh.
    The judges were impressed to hear Katie described as an asset to her organisation. They were pleased to read how she recognises service users’ life experiences and respects their seniority; that she is very quick to identify injustice or inequity, report and act on it. We admired her “endless enthusiasm and boundless energy” and felt that she is an intelligent and committed worker with a great deal of empathy and enthusiasm.

    Lucilene Eccles
    Lucilene is an Activity Co-ordinator at Stacey Street Nursing Home in London. She was nominated by Marcus Yorke.
    The judges were impressed to hear how she has helped to transform the home with her energy, positivity and her drive to provide meaningful activity. It was interesting to hear how she has brought the local community into the home, including a local nursery school. We noted that she has been promoted into the role of Activity Co-ordinator and wanted to recognise the fact that she is a long-term worker who has maintained her energy and passion for her work. We commend her for not giving up on good ideas when there are no obvious resources.

    Paula Johnson
    Paula is a carer at Draycott Nursing & Care. She was nominated by Angela Hamlin.
    The judges were impressed to hear Paula goes above and beyond the call of duty at all times. We were struck by her diary or daily updates that she sent in and thought it showed insights into her skill in dealing with someone with dementia, her persistence, resilience and kindness as well as the complexities of the person she is caring for.

    Fay Whitehouse
    Fay works as a HealthCare Assistant in Wellington Cottage Care Day Centre. She was nominated by Sue Harris.
    The judges were impressed to hear that she helps people to become relaxed and feel valued. Her sense of humour was mentioned and her ability to keep everyone smiling even when they are feeling low. She is described as a pleasure to work with, even though she has had some difficulties and struggles of her own. As one of our judges said, “Every home needs a Fay”.



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