As the London regional winner in the Care Innovator category, John now takes his place on the national stage to see if he can become the GBHA 'Care Innovator' for 2012 at the awards held on 12 May.
You will remember his product MindDice is a simple tool, which can be used in a care-home, hospital or domestic setting. It is an easily accessible reference point for personalised information about an individual with dementia and can be used by family, friends or other carers to aid conversation and communication.
John says of his product, "When my father had dementia I noticed him withdrawing from everyday interaction with other people. I designed a MindDice to prompt his memories and to keep him talking. An unexpected benefit was that family and friends also took to it as a way to overcome silences or distract from repetitive conversations and to engage with him."
"Winning the award would be a small but significant step towards improving the quality of life for people with dementia and for their carers." said John.
For more information about MindDice and to find out how to purchase one, visit www.minddice.co.uk or call 07985043165.