Eilis Hession, Wife of Dun Laoghaire Branch Secretary, Eamon Hession and Manager of Services for Older People Lead, from Ireland, has been announced as the winner of the European Kate Granger Award for Compassionate Care 2017. The Award recognises outstanding patient care by individuals currently engaged in the healthcare system. Eilis Hession has worked as a Public Health nurse for many years delivering a quality and humane service to all her patients and their families. She leads the Living With Dementia programme in Stillorgan (Blackrock, Dublin), a three year community-based pilot project to support people with dementia to continue to live at home and be an active part of the community. Eilis’ team comprises of patients, their primary carers and representative from community groups. The pilot will influence national policy on the care of people with dementia, improving the lives of tens of thousands of people throughout Ireland.

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