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Nursing Students Receive Vital Training in Working with People Living with Dementia

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First year nursing students at the University of Worcester are to take part in a one-day conference about working with people living with dementia.

The University’s Association for Dementia Studies is hosting the special conference for nursing students in order to introduce them to the importance and complexities of dementia at an early stage of their careers.

The conference, which takes place on Wednesday, May 16th, will explore what nurses need to know about what it’s like to live with dementia, offering person centred care and supporting families.

Speakers include Peter Ashley, an Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador living with dementia and David Moore, Senior Lecturer and Education Lead for the Association for Dementia Studies. A number of workshops will also be lead by local NHS, Social Care and Independent sector services within Worcestershire.

Jenny La Fontaine, a qualified mental health nurse for almost 30 years and now a Senior Lecturer with the Association for Dementia Studies, said: “It is vital that nurses are trained in how to care for people living with dementia and their families and can understand their needs”.

“The Association for Dementia Studies at Worcester has an active programme of research into early diagnosis, hospital care, care homes and social care for people with dementia. This conference allows us to share our experience with new trainee nurses at the University so that ultimately our nursing students are well-equipped to support people living with dementia and their families.”

The Association for Dementia Studies is based at the University of Worcester and is a multi-professional group of educationalists, researchers and practitioners who are expert in the field of person-centred dementia care and support.

It was built on a strong foundation partnership between the University, NHS Worcestershire, Worcestershire County Council, and the national charity Dementia UK. The Association for Dementia Studies has a national and international reach as a centre of excellence in training, education and research in person centred dementia care.