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Dr Jane Fossey, of Oxford Health NHS Foundation trust, and CLAHRC Oxford researcher was awarded the prize for the ‘Best Dementia Lead 2015’ at the prestigious 6th National Dementia Care Awards 2015.

The awards ceremony, recognising the very best in dementia care, was hosted by Cheryl Baker – of Bucks Fizz fame – and is organised by careinfo.org.

The awards took place on 13th November 2015 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, Birmingham.

Dr Fossey, Associate Director of Psychological Services at Oxford Health NHS FT, has dedicated her career to improving the lives of both those who live with dementia and the people who help care for them. Her interest in dementia research preceded the prioritisation of Dementia care by the government and health services.

Part of Dr Fossey’s work for the Dignity Plus and the Enhanced Care Home Outcomes (ECHO) projects is supported by the NIHR CLAHRC Oxford as part of the Early Intervention and Service Redesign theme.

Dr Fossey was nominated by a number of peers for the award for her outstanding work around improving care for people with dementia in care homes.

In addition, the awards night also raised over £1,000 for the work of the Alive! charity. More information about the work of Alive! can be found here: www.aliveactivities.org.