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Dementiaville scoops Learning on Screen Award

The Open University and Channel 4 co-produced documentary series that explored a radical approach to dementia care has won the General Education Broadcast Award at the Learning on Screen Awards.

Now in its 12th year, the Learning on Screen Awards is the UK’s only celebration of media production in learning, teaching and research. Held by the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC), the awards recognise the ground-breaking ways organisations use film and media to educate, with special categories highlighting the work of students at UK education institutions.

The award was in recognition of Dementiaville Episode 2: Families that was originally broadcast on Channel 4 in June 2015. This episode featured families who were caring for their loved ones at home offering an insight into the family’s determination, the impact on their everyday lives and the inner strength that is required.  We see family members attending a work shop run by Dr David Sheard, an expert in dementia care, who showed them ways to reconnect with their loved ones through shared memories and rediscovery of critical moments in their life, whilst building new memories.

General Education Broadcast Award, Learning on Screen Awards

General Education Broadcast Award for Dementiaville, Episode 2

Dr Caroline Ogilvie, Head of Broadcast and Partnerships, at The Open University, said: “It’s wonderful that this series has received such important recognition and praise. Our academic team from HSC - Carol Komoramy and Sam Murphy did a superlative job advising on these programmes and it was excellent to have the opportunity to work with OneTwoFour and Channel 4 on this unique series.”

The Chair of the Jury, Ian Wall, Director of Education at The Film Space, commented on the evening: "Every year we see outstanding submissions and we always wonder if the high standard can be repeated. This year certainly did not let us down, with submissions making it very difficult to settle on our eventual list of category winners. I'd like to personally congratulate all our winners and nominees, and thank them, once again, for a thoroughly enjoyable evening."

To explore the latest thinking in dementia care, which aims to alleviate the anxiety of suffers and their families while celebrating the person they once were, visit OpenLearn.