The National Dementia Strategy reinforces the need for a skilled and competent dementia care workforce. BUDI team members have a significant track record in providing high quality teaching and learning opportunities across multiple disciplines and professions facing the challenge of providing high quality support, care and services to people with dementia and their carers.
Internal audiences include our work within the School of Health and Social Care to deliver inter-professional education to pre-qualifying healthcare students through a study day in December and we have recruited a number of colleagues through match-funded studentships to augment our ranks.
Externally, we are currently working with a number of organisations to upskill their workforce through bespoke training days. These are proving to be very successful and we have seen dramatic results in terms of the approach to care delivery in these organisations throughout the South. A number of care home projects are online to commence in early 2014 and these will widen the influence of BUDI to a wider geographical area.
On the international front, BUDI is a partner in an Erasmus Mundus project to design and deliver an online Masters programme, “Positive About Dementia”. In collaboration with institutions from the UK, Finland, Netherlands, Austria and Eire this exciting and innovative project will run until 2016. Designed to educate, equip and train health and social care and other professionals, the programme responds to the European Commission call for services of good quality to be provided for people with dementia.