Celebrating excellence: Butterfly Scheme hospitals acknowledged for their success

November has been a month which brought national recognition of the achievements of several Butterfly Scheme hospitals and individual recognition for a number of highly-regarded Butterfly Scheme leads and champions.

It began with the UK Dementia Congress, where three Butterfly Scheme teams and a team linked with the scheme had been invited to give presentations about their enhanced practice in dementia care:

Barbara copy Barbara Schofield of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust spoke about the input of trained Sixth Formers who work with the staff teams to enhance dementia care.
Barbara_2 Dianne Smith (right) and Hannah Seymour of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust spoke about their supplementary Butterfly Scheme menu, allowing greater flexibility with food provision for scheme members.
Barbara_3 Maria Moloney and Meg Crossley of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust; Meg, who is an A & E consultant, spoke about the creation of the dementia-friendly Butterfly Room enhancing A & E provision at the hospital. Having an A & E consultant speaking passionately at the UK Dementia Congress about dementia care was certainly a special moment!
Barbara_4 Finally, Sharon Robinson (right) of Craven Care Homes Quality Improvement Support Project, which links with Airedale Hospital, spoke about hospital avoidance but also about enhancing liaison between hospitals and care homes. Her manager, Linden Veitch (left), supported her.

All the presentations were very warmly received and appreciated and it was great to see the teams’ achievements being recognised in this way.

Barbara_5 Later in the month came the UK Dementia Care awards. Of the five finalists in the Best Dementia Friendly Hospital category, three were Butterfly Scheme hospitals! What a fabulous achievement! Huge congratulations to Barnsley and Brighton, who made it to the finals – but this time the biggest round of applause must go to their fellow Butterfly Scheme Hospital, Neath Port Talbot, which carried away the winner’s trophy. The photo shows representatives of the multidisciplinary team, with Eiran Evans and Ceri Thomas holding the awards. Wonderful, wonderful news – and congratulations to every member of the NPT team.

And as if this wasn’t already enough for one month, proud Butterfly Scheme Champion of Blackpool Victoria Hospital, the fabulous Francesca Hall, was awarded her Trust’s Unsung Hero award; read about it here in an item from the Blackpool Gazette:















So much to celebrate! What amazing people!