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Innovator of the month

Our Innovator of the Month is Heather Edwards, founder of Music Mirrors, the reminiscence digital tool for people with dementia.

Music Mirrors links key memories written in familiar words to cues of sounds or music accessed via YouTube.

Heather was awarded the British Empire Medal in this year’s New Years Honours List, for her tireless work supporting people with dementia. She has also been shortlisted, in partnership with the Health Innovation Network, for the Guardian Award for Innovation in Mental Health at the 2017 Advancing Healthcare Awards on 31 March, for the spread and adoption of Music Mirrors across South London.

Heather has successfully spread Music Mirrors across Norfolk, where the resource has been adopted by Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, care homes, day centres, befriending organisations and community groups.

Heather worked with the HIN to develop a ‘Train the Trainer’ programme, to support the spread and adoption of Music Mirrors across south London, training just under 200 people across 50 care homes, two hospitals and multiple community groups. For 2017, Music Mirrors is working at a national level, alongside the Women’s Institute and in dialogue with the Alzheimer’s Society, and internationally with Zurich University, who are evaluating the tool with 100 care home residents.

The HIN is supporting wider adoption of Music Mirrors across the AHSN Network. Read the full report and case study, and view the film. For more information please visit www.musicmirrors.co.uk.