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News Archive - 2016

Dr Claire Garabedian with her cello

Dr Claire Garabedian was a live guest on the popular BBC Radio 4 show, ‘Saturday Live’

Dr Claire Garabedian, Research Associate at the University of Worcester's Association for Dementia Studies was invited to London be BBC Radio 4 to be a live guest on the popular show, ‘Saturday Live’ to speak about her experience both as a music practitioner (including some live examples of her playing cello), as well as her research experience working with people who are living with dementia.

Claire, who is a professional cellist and research associate in creative arts and dementia at Worcester University, is a music practitioner and expert in the therapeutic value of the instrument. In the programme she has presenters Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir singing along to her rendition of “You are my sunshine,” a tune she has often used to good effect in care home settings. Talking about her PhD field research in Scotland she says: “Most of the people in the care homes I was playing for had never seen a cello – they called it the giant fiddle or the machine or all sorts of things. It reaches people because it’s got the sound most close to the human voice.” Therapeutic music helps people feel better and improves their wellbeing, Claire says, remembering an occasion when she played for a woman with dementia and her “detached and uninvolved” daughter. “When I started playing the live music she came to life and she started completely interacting with her mother in a way that they had probably not done for many decades. By the end I had stayed for an hour and a half when it was supposed to be 30 minutes – they were so carried away.”

The show aired on 13 August 2016, and can be accessed via this link

Claire’s contribution begins at 40.12 or thereabouts. Pictures from the event can be viewed here and 

Dr Garabedian is also a regular contact on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester addressing current issues regarding people who are living with dementia.

Person-Centred Dementia Care Scale

The Survey Monkey link is:

Background message from Prof. Dawn Brooker

I think that you may be aware that I have had a long-standing working relationship with colleagues in Japan engaged in person-centred dementia care. This has involved research and well as practice development. Over the years I have appreciated greatly the similarities and differences between our two countries and their approach to dementia care. It has helped me to reflect on the really key issues and to try to be clear in my writing about person centred care. For example, I think if I had never tried to explain Kitwood’s ideas about personhood to a Japanese audience then I would not have developed the VIPS framework.

One of my longstanding research collaborators has been a Professor of Gerontological Nursing at Hamamatsu University called Professor Mizue Suzuki. Like us, she is trying to develop person centred practice in the acute hospital environment and has developed a scale ‘Nursing Scale for Older Patients with Cognitive Impairments in the Acute Care Hospital’. They have undertaken a factor analysis and reliability and validity testing in Japan.

We have worked with them to translate the scale and we would like to pilot the translated version in the UK with the following aims:-

 1. To assess whether the translated version of the scale can be understood by English speaking health staff;

2. To collect data using the scale which can be compared to previous Japanese data to see if they produce similar results;

3. To explore whether the scale could be useful in the UK context.

Our team would therefore appreciate your time to complete the scale and provide feedback about it by answering the questions following the scale. We are particularly interested in the views of people with a healthcare qualification who have acute hospital experience in supporting people with dementia. The questionnaire is voluntary, and should only take around 15 minutes to complete. The survey is a one-off event and will not require any further involvement from yourself. Full details about ethics etc can be found on the survey.

Please would you assist us in circulating it through your networks?

The Survey Monkey link is:

Graduation 2016

The third of November 2016 proved to be a memorable day for the Association for Dementia Studies, with several members of the team, including Professor Dawn Brooker and Simon Evans, attending the graduation of the first students to complete the University of Worcester Foundation Degree in Dementia Studies.

Dr Sarah Milosevic was also awarded her PhD at the same graduation ceremony at Worcester Cathedral. It was so exciting to be witness to their academic achievements being rewarded in such magnificent surroundings.

2016 Hennell Award

April Dobson is Head of Dementia Innovation at The Abbeyfield Society, a national charity has been honoured with the prestigious Hennell Award for Innovation and Excellence in Dementia Care, created by June Hennell MBE in memory of her husband, Brian, a dementia activist who lived with the condition for four years before his death in 2013.

The Award is open to everyone who has attended a course facilitated by the Association for Dementia Studies (ADS) at the University of Worcester and celebrates the achievements of an individual or team who have shown their ability to implement positive change for people living with dementia.

2016/17 Masterclass series - Booking now open

Further information can be found in the .

New Film Puts Spotlight on Person-centred Dementia Care

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FITS (Focused Intervention Training and Support) programme - Advanced Practice in Delivering Person-Centred Dementia Care Module

Implementing the FITS into Practice (Focussed Intervention Training and Support) Programme in care homes and extra care housing for people with dementia, complex needs and distressed behaviour. Further information can be found here

Worcester Researchers Explore ‘Namaste’ Care to Improve Care homes for People with Dementia

See further information here