AN Alcester figure who works in the field of dementia care, was recognised for her work at a national awards ceremony.

Jayne Vale, who works as a dementia lead at Helping Hands in Alcester, was named the Dementia Care Personality of the Year earlier this month, at the National Dementia Care Awards.

Ms Vale was selected by an interview panel who said they chose her for the honour because she is a passionate practitioner who inspires her workforce.

She was presented with her award by renowned dementia expert and author Professor Graham Stokes, and former Royal correspondent, Jenny Bond.

CEO of Helping Hands,Tim Lee, said "I am so proud of Jayne. Her commitment, enthusiasm and passion for improving dementia care within the home is inspiring, it is fitting that her hard work has been recognised and celebrated on a national care level.”

Ms Vale added: "I'm so pleased to have won and it was so unexpected. My main reason for attending the awards was actually to go to the conference to see if I can further my knowledge on dementia. I'm always learning new things and I really enjoy being able to pass on my knowledge to our carers."