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News Archive - 2015

New Dementia Service Officially Opened by Henry Sandon MBE Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Droitwich Spa’s new Meeting Centre project for people affected by dementia was officially launched by Henry Sandon MBE, of Antiques Roadshow fame, with a crowd of over 100 people in attendance. - See more at:

Pioneer of Dementia Meeting Centres Delivers UK Seminar Wednesday, 18 November 2015

A leading Professor in helping people to live well with dementia has delivered an engaging seminar as the UK’s first specialist Meeting Centre has been launched. - See more at:

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust's Dementia Lead Honoured with Award Tuesday, 17 November 2015

The nurse who is supporting a project to improve services for people with dementia within Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust’s dementia services has been honoured with a prestigious award, given in memory of a dementia activist. - See more at:

Researchers Explore the Use of Arts to Improve Dementia Care

Four researchers are embarking on a project to explore how creative arts such as music, dance and drama can improve dementia care.

‘The Arts and Dementia’ (TAnDem) doctoral training centre, funded by the Alzheimer’s Society and jointly hosted by the University of Worcester and the University of Nottingham, is supporting PhD students to investigate the impact of creative arts activities on the increasing numbers of people living with dementia.

Two students, Karen Gray and Amy Veale, are beginning their studies at Worcester and Emma Broome and Emily Cousins will carry out their research at Nottingham. All students will benefit from the wealth of expertise from both universities working together in partnership.

For more information on the TAnDem project click here

Stand By Me (Dementia) - Free e-learning course launched on 23rd April 2015.

A new online resource to improve communication and care for people living with dementia was launched at the University of Worcester on Thursday April 23. A copy of the press release is here and further information can be found here. 

Stand By Me, a free e-learning course, has been developed by the University’s Association for Dementia Studies, Skills for Health and key partners, with funding from the Department of Health, and is aimed at health and social care practitioners from all settings to help them deliver high quality, person-centred care to people living with dementia and their families.

Created with the help of experts from Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust, Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Heart of Worcestershire College and Skills for Care, the new online course is based on a series of six short films reflecting a wide range of realistic situations, including visiting the GP surgery, supporting people at home in their own home, moving into a care home, being admitted to hospital, receiving paramedic services and end of life care. 

The scripts were developed from a series of focus groups involving health and social care staff and people living with dementia and their families. Most of the actors in the films are real-life health and social care staff from across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, family carers and people living with dementia. 

A trailer for the e-learning course is available on YouTube: 

How to access this course 

If you have a NHS email address, please click here to register for an account. When selecting from the options under "Please select your region followed by your trust", choose NHSCLU to access the Stand By Me free e-learning course.

If you do not have a NHS email address, please email or call 0844 770 3770 to request an account. (lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm).

Enhancing the Healing Environment Programme

We are very pleased to be able to let you know that The King’s Fund and the Association for Dementia Studies (ADS), University of Worcester have agreed to develop a collaborative partnership which will enable the dementia-friendly design work undertaken through the Enhancing the Healing Environment Programme to continue under the auspices of the University from January 2015. ADS will be integrating dementia design into its current research and education portfolio and will be continuing to develop the EHE dementia friendly environmental assessment tools. More information about Enhancing the Healing Environment Programme can be found on the King’s Fund website and here.

Admiral Nurses significantly improve dementia care support - Leading Care Provider publishes detailed project report on 6th March 2015

The role of Admiral Nurses in care homes has a significant impact on the care and support offered to care home residents living with a dementia according to a report published on 6th March 2015.

A copy of the Press release and Report can be viewed and downloaded here.

New Dementia Arts Research Hub Coming to Worcester and Nottingham - 5th February 2015

We are very proud to announce that our doctoral training centre is announced today by the Alzheimer’s Society – one of 8 in the country with a total spend of over £5million form the Alzheimer’s Society to really make a difference in building research capacity in dementia cure and care in the UK - see 

Our joint centre will focus on studying The Arts and Dementia and will be known as TAnDEM. It is a partnership between the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester and the Centre for Dementia, University of Nottingham. Between 2015-2018 TAnDEM will support a number of full-time PhD students to investigate important aspects of the potential for creative arts to help people living with dementia. This will build research capacity and create new knowledge about the impact of arts-based activities and interventions for people living with dementia, their families, friends and professionals (artists and health and care). 

The lead at Worcester is Professor Dawn Brooker with other members of the supervisory team including Dr Simon Evans, Professor Elizabeth Peel, Professor Eleanor Bradley, Dr Karan Jutlla and Claire Garabedian. Professor Justine Schneider is the lead from Nottingham with Professor Tom Dening, Dr Victoria Tischler, Professor Amanda Griffiths also being part of the team there. We are so pleased to be working with Nottingham on this. There is real synergy between our two centres. 

The topic is an important one in dementia. Many families and people working in care know the enjoyment and sense of purpose that singing, music, dancing and creating art work can bring to people at all stages of dementia. As dementia progresses, more cognitive based pastimes can be a challenge but the creative abilities are always open to us. This research programme will enable us to have a concentrated focus to identify how we can use these creative drives for the most benefit to people living with dementia. We will investigate how we can use creativity to help people feel connected to others. In addition we can explore how to evaluate the therapeutic benefits of creativity. We will also explore whether there are particular activities that are more effective at different stages of dementia and the interplay with past preferences and lifestyle. Knowing the answers to these questions will have a benefit to people with dementia and their families. 

For more information click here