By Siobhan McDermott

April 24th, 2015

Pioneering partnership course shortlisted at Scottish Charity Awards 2015

A pioneering course run by the University of Stirling in partnership with the Scottish Huntington’s Association has been shortlisted for a prestigious award recognising excellence.

The first of its kind in the UK, the Continuing Professional Development Module Huntington’s disease: An enabling approach to supporting families, is in contention for the Perfect Partnership title at the Scottish Charity Awards 2015.

Award organisers SCVO (Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations) today revealed the shortlist for the 4 June finals.

Families affected by the devastating neurological condition Huntington’s disease (HD) face unprecedented social, psychological and medical challenges and will encounter numerous care professionals throughout their lives.

The University and Association’s innovative, degree-level module brings quality and consistency in training for those professionals, helping to improve the lives of thousands.

Its shortlisted partnership is among illustrious company, with the category contenders also including Unicef UK and Glasgow 2014.

An independent panel will select the Perfect Partnership winner, but members of the public can show their support for the University-Association joint venture by voting for it in The People’s Choice Award.

This is open to all finalists, across six categories. Votes can be cast online until 5pm on 8 May. Winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony in Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms.

Louise McCabe, Programme Lead for Dementia Studies, at the University of Stirling, said:

“It is fantastic to receive this shortlisting recognition for our partnership with the Scottish Huntington’s Association, especially within its first year.

“By working directly with people who provide care and support to those with Huntington’s disease, plus affected families themselves, our course – a UK first - is firmly rooted in real-world experience. Feedback has been exceptionally positive and it is already making an impact in practice.” 

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