Shadow Minister Impressed by University's Dementia Work

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The University of Worcester’s commitment to excellence in training healthcare professionals is something which should be replicated ‘across the country’, according to the Shadow Minister for Care and Older People.

Labour MP Liz Kendall visited the University recently, and was taken on a tour of facilities including the brand new Clinical Simulation Centre. She also met with members of staff from the University’s influential Association for Dementia Studies and Institute of Health and Society, as well as several current Nursing students.

With the number of people suffering from dementia in the UK on the rise, the issue has recently been described as a ‘time bomb’ and ‘one of the most pressing challenges the country faces in the year ahead’ by the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt.

At the University of Worcester, the Association for Dementia Studies carries out research to support people living with dementia and their families, and to raise awareness and challenge the stigma around the condition.

After holding discussions on this research with Vice Chancellor Professor David Green, Jane Perry, Head of Applied Professional Studies, and Sue Lillyman, Senior Lecturer in Allied Health Sciences, Ms Kendall said that she hoped to see the University’s model inspire others.

“I think that the University of Worcester is doing fantastic work to make sure that people working in the NHS get the best possible training in terms of dementia care,” she explained.

“This is a good, modern practice that I think we need to see more of across the country.”

In addition to the work already carried out by the Association for Dementia Studies, in September 2014 the University of Worcester will be launching a new Foundation Degree in Dementia Studies, providing students with the opportunity to engage with the latest research in the field.