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Dementia Research

Through its research, education programmes and knowledge transfer activities the Association for Dementia Studies has touched the lives of many people since it was established in 2009. It is firmly established as a leading research centre within the University. The achievements locally, nationally and internationally have been remarkable. Our work focusses on 4 core areas of expertise where we have a proven track record. These are based on having alignment with national dementia policy, building on expertise and opportunities within ADS, aligning to the university policy and values and to the value base of ADS.

  1. Home, Communities, Public Health and Diversity: living well post diagnosis
  2. Skilled Care, Assessment and Leadership in Services for People Living with Dementia and Complex Needs
  3. Enriching Lives in dementia through Creativity, Arts, Nature and Sport
  4. Dementia Friendly Person-Centred Design & Technology

In addition, we engage with the perspective of people living with dementia and family carers across all four clusters as well as working with the wider university to develop academic programmes. These clusters are utilised to characterise the work of ADS, align to funding bids, organise workload, communication channels and developments. 

We are a large multi-professional department with a wealth of experience across a broad research portfolio, we have expertise in a number of research methodologies. We welcome approaches from organisations looking to undertake research and would like to use our expertise to deliver this. Please ask how we can help via the get in touch page and one of the team will respond to you.

Projects

Current

Dementia - Research

 

Project title

Brief Description

Namaste Care Intervention UK: Delivering excellent care every day for people living with advanced dementia

Determining and piloting an optimal intervention based on the Namaste principles.

Refreshing the Admiral Nurse Competency Framework

Refreshing the current Admiral Nurse Competency Framework and embedding it into practice.

RSAS National Resource Centre for Carers of People with Dementia (NRCC)

Exploring options for improving the quality of life for people living with dementia by providing to their families and friends through the development of a National Resource Centre for Carers of People with Dementia.

ABMU Training Evaluation

The Association for Dementia Studies has been commissioned by the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board in Wales to evaluate their Dementia Training Programme.

MeetingDem - Implementation and Evaluation of the Meeting Centres support programme for people with dementia and their carers in Europe

Evaluating the innovative Meeting Centres Support Programme for community dwelling people with dementia and their family carers.

ECHO - The Provision of Social Care in Extra Care Housing

A follow-on phase of our previous ASSET project, looking at the experiences of older people in extra care housing.

Courtyard Theatre Evaluations; Making of Me and Creative Ageing Programme

 

Having evaluated a number of the creative arts programmes provided by the Courtyard in the past, ADS is currently evaluating two longitudinal programmes

Green Dementia Care

The Housing and Dementia Research Consortium, hosted by the Association for Dementia Studies, has been successful in obtaining funding from the Abbeyfield Society to carry out a 12 month mixed methods pilot study that will be an important step in developing an understanding of the opportunities for people living with dementia in residential care and extra care housing to engage with the natural environment.

Dementia Dwelling Grants

ADS is currently researching the impact of the Worcestershire Dementia Dwelling Grants for people with dementia living in their own homes.

 


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Topics

The Association for Dementia Studies is involved in a broad portfolio of projects across a range of topic areas.

For more information about specific projects please select the topic area from the list below:-

If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please use the contact us page to ask your question and someone will contact you.

 

 Dementia-Research

Project title

PCC

EI

AHC

H&D

CH

DFC

C&D

BAME

Namaste Care Intervention UK: Delivering excellent care every day for people living with advanced dementia

 

 

 

 

x

 

 

 

Refreshing the Admiral Nurse Competency Framework

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RSAS National Resource Centre for Carers of People with Dementia (NRCC)

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABMU Training Evaluation

 

 

x

 

 

 

 

 

MeetingDem - Implementation and Evaluation of the Meeting Centres support programme for people with dementia and their carers in Europe

 

 

 

 

 

x

 

 

ECHO - The Provision of Social Care in Extra Care Housing

 

 

 

x

 

 

 

 

Courtyard Theatre Evaluations; Making of Me and Creative Ageing Programme

 

 

 

 

 

 

x

 

Green Dementia Care

 

 

 

x

 

 

 

 

Cultural Competency Training Evaluation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

x

 


Case Studies

Case Study

Our research activities range from small scale evaluations of dementia care services and environments to major research programmes funded by UK research councils and the European Union. We work with individual organisations at the local level as well as in collaboration with multiple partners from around the world. We carry out research in many different settings, such as care homes, acute hospitals, extra care housing, schools and social care. We are experienced in using a wide range of traditional and innovative research methods including surveys, interviews, focus groups, evidence synthesis and consensus development techniques. 

Our experienced multi-disciplinary team can provide a range of research, evaluation and consultancy services to meet your specific requirements.

 Areas of expertise include: 

• Person-centred Environments, Design and Technology

• Creativity, Sports and Nature 

• Dementia Friendly Communities 

• Housing and Dementia 

• Complex Care Services 

Please contact us at dementia@worc.ac.uk if you would like information about how we can help you.

 

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Nottingham - Worcester Doctoral Training Centre - The Arts and Dementia (TAnDem)Dem - PhD Studentship Opportunities

Nottingham - Worcester Doctoral Training Centre - The Arts and Dementia (TAnDem)

Research Centre

In addition to our own research projects, team members at ADS are currently engaged as external examiners for other Universities. We regularly write for peer review and professional journals, edited books, and act as reviewers for peer review and professional journals. We are also invited to speak at local, regional, national and international events concerning dementia care. We are on a number of advisory bodies and steering groups for dementia-related research programmes.