Margaret Butterworth Award 2020

Award for excellence in dementia care for care workers, health care assistants and activity organisers.

Nominate NOW and show appreciation for a member of staff or colleague.

Margaret Butterworth

During her lifetime, Margaret Butterworth worked energetically and creatively to improve care for people with dementia, their friends and families. Margaret engaged with the complexity of the modern care world with a quiet but persistent voice. She honoured and shared good practice and believed that simple acts of the heart made all the difference. The award recognises the achievements of front line staff, those who are often in the lowest paid jobs but who give of themselves to improve the lives of people with dementia.

The Awards

This annual award is in its 16th year and aims to celebrate excellence in dementia care in the spirit and memory of Margaret's life. Nominations of care workers, health care assistants and activity co-ordinators meeting the criteria listed below are invited. There will be up to three winners. The successful candidates will receive an award and a certificate.

The Judges

Will be a panel of health and social care professionals and will include a care worker.

The Winners

Will be notified by June 2020 and invited to an award ceremony that will take place in central London in July 2020.

The Criteria

The person must be:

  • Working with people in a health or social care setting or in a person's home in the UK
  • A paid care worker, home care worker, activity co-ordinator or health care assistant, who is not a professional (i.e. a nurse, social worker or team manager) and who deserves special recognition
  • Nominated by a manager, service user, family carer or colleague with supporting evidence from at least one person

Examples of achievements and qualities we are looking for:

  • Always kind and patient, whatever the difficulties
  • Aware of the 'personhood' of the person with dementia
  • Understands dementia and has 'the knack' to cope in demanding situations
  • Shows skills in being with people living with dementia and promoting well-being
  • has "leapt " a cultural barrier
  • Creates a good atmosphere and motivates colleagues
  • Has brought a project to life
  • People who make a difference to overcome a care-giving or personal difficulty

How to apply

Nominations should be from a manager, family carer or a colleague.

Click here to download a printable Checklist and Guidelines.

Include the following information with your application

1. About the nominee

  • Name and job title
  • Name, address and telephone number of the organisation the nominee works for

2. About the nominator

  • Name and job title
  • Name, address, telephone number and email of the organisation the nominator works for (where applicable)
  • Or, relationship to the nominee

3. What three qualities make this person special? Good at their job? How do people with dementia benefit? Describe what you observe the care worker actually DOES to benefit the person with dementia. Click here to download a printable Form.

4. Other supporting evidence from managers, service users, family carers or colleagues. Having endorsements to back up the application is most helpful.

Submitting your application

By post to:

Margaret Butterworth Award
c/o Dementia Pathfinders CIC
Bushbury Triangle
74 Stanley Road
WV10 9EL​
Closing Date:  We are open for applications all year round, however the closing date for the 2020 awards is 31st May 2020.

Keith Oliver presented the awards to the 2019 Margaret Butterworth Award Winners:


Winner, Michael Butler was presented with his award by Keith Oliver. Winner Michael Butler stands alongside those highly commended and commended with distinction, Tirath Kaur, Debra Pierson, Cynthia Grant, Sandra Graham, Mohamed Larbi, Valeria Werner and Karen Cox.