Jean Tottie, Life Story Network and tide – together in dementia everyday Chair, has been nominated for a Life Time Achievement Award with the National Dementia Care Awards 2018. Jean worked in health & social care for 35 years, mostly in older people’s services, before leaving work to care for father when he was diagnosed with dementia. Ever since she has dedicated her time to ensuring that carers are recognised and respected as experts. Jean has been involved in a number of national policy initiatives and was instrumental in setting up the national Carers Call2Action within the Dementia Action Alliance and its legacy tide – together in dementia everyday.

tide is hosted by the Life Story Network which she co-founded after seeing the benefits of life story work for her late father. Jean is passionate about supporting family carers to have a voice, to be partners in care and use their experience to help other carers as well as professionals so that services continue to improve. With the Life Story Network Jean is proud to work with family carers to build their resilience by focusing on communication & relationships using narrative therapy.

Jean is currently a member of the Board of the National Dementia Action Alliance, Public Health England Dementia Governance Board, Dementia Expert Reference Group for Achieving Better Access to Mental Health Services (NHSE and NICE), Royal College of Nursing Nursing Advisory Group, a member of the Programme Board for ‘Effective Home Support in Dementia Care’ with University of Manchester, and a member of the Steering Group for the Evaluation of Specialist Nursing Support for carers of People with Dementia.

Winners of the National Dementia Care Awards will be presented with their trophies by Hazel Blears at the high profile Gala Night held on Thursday 8th November at the Hilton Brighton Metropole attended by over 400 guests.

About the Awards

The National Dementia Care Awards is an annual event organised by The Journal of Dementia Care, a multidisciplinary journal for all professional staff working with people with dementia, in hospitals, nursing and residential care homes, day units and the community. The awards were created to recognise the very best people in the dementia care sector, whose exceptional work and contributions make better, person-centred care a reality. There were 16 categories to enter overall and there were four or five finalists in each category. All finalists will meet with two independent judges for each category on 12th October at the Awards’ Judging Day at the Hilton London Metropole. For more information and all categories, please visit

Life Story Network is a fully registered Community Interest Company (CiC) in England and Wales under number 08567031. (Life Story Network, LCVS, Dale Street, Liverpool, L2 2AH )
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