On the 4th and 5th of November, I represented Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) at the Birmingham Care Show with my colleagues Clare Cutler and Dr Rick Fisher. This show attracted over 350 national exhibitors from many sectors of the care industry, including care home providers. This was a fantastic opportunity for BUDI to network and meet a range of potential collaborators. During the event we met over 200 delegates, many were interested in our bespoke educational services and our forthcoming MSc Applied Dementia Studies programme (due to start in September 2015 subject to validation).
The event demonstrated the current focus on making services and products within the care industry ‘dementia friendly’. Many of the displays were heavily influenced by a medical perspective of dementia care, such as medicine compliance aids and monitoring technologies. However, I also noticed small businesses promoting a more psycho-social approach, including one organisation who delivered drama sessions to help carer’s gain an empathetic understanding of what living with dementia is like. The experience was, for me as a PhD student within BUDI, a good opportunity to meet practitioners in the field of dementia care, and to see first-hand the range of products and services on offer to people affected by dementia.
Chris Poyner, PhD student, BUDI
BUDI, in the form of Clare, Derek, Sarah and Chris, along with 3000 other delegates attended an extremely busy Birmingham Care Show 2013 at the NEC between the 12 and 13 of November. A diverse range of experts from all sectors of the care industry, from care home providers to academic institutions were present, making it a fantastic opportunity to network and introduce BUDI to a range of potential collaborators.
Our very orange stand at the Birmingham Care Show definitely stood out!
The ‘Dementia Design Academy’ (a new feature of The Care Show this year) drew much attention with regular lectures, presentations from experts within the field, interactive virtual environments to tour and BUDI’s very own ‘Don’t Mention Dementia Project’ on display. Over the course of the two day event we met and exchanged details with over 100 delegates interested in buddying up with BUDI in the future, many interested in our bespoke educational programmes. The event demonstrated how the care industry has become extremely focused on offering ‘dementia friendly’ services and products. This was reflected by the high interest in the BUDI stand, although the chocolates and free mouse mats may also have played a part in that!
In my KTP I…
Provided consultation into the design of an innovative model of dementia care: ‘Shared Care’ The aim of Shared Care is to offer an alternative lifestyle choice to people living with dementia. At present, options for people needing support living with dementia are limited to in home care packages, outsourced respite and long term care home placement.
Brendoncare sought the expertise at Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) to ensure the built and psycho-social environments, methods of care delivery and technologies implemented within Shared Care were ‘dementia friendly’ and to ensure the voice of people living with dementia has an input to the design of services. This was achieved through consultation with people with dementia, family carers and formal care staff.
Highlights of the project were…
Being given the opportunity to take responsibility for all aspects of my project from ensuring the consultation work was ethically proficient to recruitment to dissemination and succeeding in meeting the expectations of the client. Moreover, being funded to go and discuss my work with peers at Alzheimer’s Europe 2013 in Malta was a great experience.
Representing Brendoncare at BUDI's internal conference in May
The Best Thing about being a KTP Associate is…
Applying the theoretical knowledge and skills learnt during education into practice, with the support of an expert knowledge base and a practice base receptive to service innovation. The opportunities to present findings at board room level and hear action points being raised as a direct result of your work is also extremely satisfying.
From KTP I have learnt…
Before KTP I was just another graduate. Now I have professional academic experience, I have completed a challenging and intensive project within dementia studies; met peers and discussed my work at an international conference and have become a valued member of BUDI; a team committed to improving the lives of people with dementia. KTP has confirmed, reinforced and enabled me to start an academic career in dementia research.
Life after KTP is…
I am about to start my PhD study: An investigation into the strategic implementation of a model of dementia care into a care home environment. I am also planning to get findings of this project published in a peer reviewed academic journal.
I recommend KTP because…
It provides one of the best opportunities I’ve seen in the graduate market. It gives associate experience in both academic and practice-based working environments, space to develop skills, control and ownership over project work and much support along the way. I would recommend any graduate to grasp this opportunity and get the KTP advantage!