Scotland’s Dementia Awards, a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council, announced all winners at an awards ceremony in Glasgow recently to recognise country’s most innovative and ambitious dementia projects.

Qualifying as a mental health nurse just over 40 years ago, the 61-year-old Mum of three grown up sons from Shotts, has a long and established career and has just recently passed her PhD which is one of the first studies to explore the experience of the person living with severe dementia.

Now in its 5th year, the awards programme celebrated several winners with categories including Best Education Initiative, picked up by UWS for Dementia Class in a Bag, Most Innovative Partnership, Best Community Support Initiative, Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative, Best Education Initiative and Best Innovation in Continuing Care.

Margaret Brown, Senior Lecturer in the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, based in the University’s School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery, said: “I am truly delighted and honoured to have received this award. I am passionate about improving the quality of support and care that older people and those with dementia receive and it is truly humbling that my efforts over the last 40 years have been recognised with this award.”

Henry Simmons, Chief Executive, at Alzheimer Scotland, said: “This has been a wonderful year for Scotland’s Dementia Awards which aims to recognise and showcase the vital contribution that professionals and community groups make across the length and breadth of Scotland.

“It is a real honour to award this year’s lifetime achievement title to Margaret whose compassion and enthusiastic attitude have enabled her to truly be a great contributor to the field of dementia care; from inspiring further generations through her work with the student nurses, right through to aiding current best practice with her research, publications and delivery of various training courses.

“With no doubt in my mind, Margaret has encouraged and supported so many colleagues throughout their working practice and further education, as well as helping so many people to live well with dementia and for that we cannot thank you enough.”

Scotland’s Dementia Awards showcase the creativity, innovation and dedication that make a real difference to the daily lives of people with dementia and their families across Scotland when organisations, groups and teams work together. Visit for a full list of winners.



University of the West of Scotland