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Birmingham’s world-renowned dementia specialist shortlisted for Lifetime Achievement award


Professor Graham Stokes, Director of Memory Care Services at care provider HC-One, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Lifetime Achievement in Care category at the prestigious National Care Awards 2020.

This follows an impressive career spanning over 30 years in dementia care, during which he was an NHS consultant and the Global Director of Dementia Care at BUPA for nine years. He is currently the Director of Memory Care Services at HC-One, and as a Clinical Psychologist by training, he has been instrumental in the shaping and communicating of person-centred dementia care across care homes in the UK.

Professor Stokes places great emphasis on the ‘11 hours’ principle – how to meaningfully engage Residents so they have quality and purpose of life in the hours when they are not asleep, eating or receiving care. Graham was also responsible for creating HC-One’s Harmony Programme, which has been rolled out across care homes and focuses on supporting those with dementia to improve their quality of life, as well as helping their families understand the changes in their loved ones.

Alongside his work at HC-One, Graham has written several research papers and books on dementia care, including ‘Watching the Leaves Dance’ and ‘And Still the Music Plays’, which have been integral to changing people’s perspective and understanding of dementia. He was also invited to be a representative at The G7 Global Dementia Legacy Event in Tokyo to discuss Innovative Care and Prevention Models.

The National Care Awards 2020 marks 22 years of celebrating the very best people working in the care sector and those who go above and beyond to provide consistent exceptional care. The National Care Awards ceremony will be taking place virtually this year on Wednesday 25th November, when the winners will be announced.


James Tugendhat, HC-One’s Chief Executive Officer, said:


“We are delighted to have eleven HC-One finalists chosen by the judging panels for the National Care Awards, National Dementia Care Awards, Care Heroes Awards, Great British Care Awards and The Northern Echo County Durham Together Awards this year. This is an amazing achievement, and I am so proud of our finalists. Graham has made an exceptional contribution to dementia care and we are honoured to celebrate this achievement with him.


“Being shortlisted as finalists at these prestigious awards is a testament to the dedication of my Colleagues, even in the most challenging of times. They have truly gone above and beyond to provide the kindest care to Residents living in our care homes, as we strive to be the first-choice care provider in each of the communities that we serve.”


Professor Graham Stokes, HC-One’s Director of Memory Care, said:


“Being a finalist in this category is a deeply humbling experience, and I am honoured that my work has been recognised at such a prestigious ceremony. 


“No matter what happens at the ceremony, the greatest award has been supporting people living with dementia to live more content and fulfilling lives.”


Melanie Blake, Project Manager in the Clinical Quality Team at HC-One, who has worked with Professor Graham Stokes since 2012 and nominated him for the award, said:

“From the first time I heard Graham speak, I was totally inspired and in fact it made me change my whole career to that of working within the dementia arena. He immediately made me start to think differently. I was initially scared of working with people living with dementia and then it all fell into place, I knew that this was the field I wanted my career to stay in.

“He finds ways to explain situations and resolutions in a really engaging manner and always sees the good in people. Graham enables you to achieve your goals by ensuring you believe in yourself.”

Graham is one of eleven HC-One finalists that have been shortlisted in the National Care Awards, National Dementia Care Awards, Great British Care Awards, The Northern Echo County Durham Together Awards and the Care Heroes Awards 2020 across a variety of award categories.


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