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WINNER of the 2019 CN Award for Nutrition Resource of the Year

The Ageing and Dementia Research Centre is proud to announce that we are the winner of the 2019 Complete Nutrition Award for Resource of the Year.

This is for the Nutrition and Dementia Care: A toolkit for health and care staff. This is made up of four resources:
1) Eating and Drinking Well: Supporting People Living with Dementia workbook
2) Eating and Drinking Well Training Video
3) Eating and Drinking Well Nutritional leaflet
and the
4) Eating and Drinking Well with Dementia: A Guide for Care Staff
The toolkit is available to download for free on our specific ADRC training page, please visit:
From this work we have developed an Eating and Drinking Well with Dementia: A Guide for Family Carers and Friends which will be launched this month.


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Summary: Second Transnational Project Meeting (TPM) 23-24 May 2019






Stories to remember in Thessaloniki

It has been wonderful to bring together the team from Bulgaria, Greece, Ireland, Romania, and the UK (pictured) within the second transnational project meeting from Thessaloniki, 23-24 May 2019, to advance the Story2Remember ERASMUS+ project: Using drama and storytelling in dementia care.

Collaborative discussions brought about positive actions to set out our next steps including:

  • actions for disseminating Intellectual Output 1: the booklet.
  • agreement for our evaluation process and next steps of how we will capture the impact of the ‘Story2remember’ training program and workshops.
  • a timeline for piloting the ‘Story2remember’ training, delivery and data collection.
  • a more cohesive outlook and next steps on how we can take forward Intellectual Output 3: the toolkit.

We also discussed about the peer-review of the first Intellectual Output achieved, the booklet in creative drama and storytelling for practitioners and further impact in the field and future project activities. The booklet is aimed at dementia practitioners and provides an overview of how creative drama and storytelling are being used within the dementia care field and the benefits they may have for the well-being of people living with dementia and their care partners. It is wonderfully designed and will be key tool to bring about opportunities for our communities to engage with this exciting project. Thank you to everyone for their input and a special thank you to Dr. Ben Hicks for creating this dynamic and engaging booklet which personifies this project. We look forward to sharing the booklet with everyone.

We were honoured to have two enthusiastic and passionate guest speakers whose research focuses on using creative arts to enhance wellbeing for people living with dementia connected to Alzheimer Hellas. Firstly, Professor Magda Tsolaki talked about the benefits for people living with dementia linked to their research using non-pharmacological interventions involving creative arts and art therapy. Professor Tsolaki also spoke about the work they are doing to support carers and caregivers. Secondly, Elena Poptsi talked about the benefits associated with their research using dance and drama therapy for people living with dementia. It was enlightening to have an insight into the exciting research being carried out, which is positively changing the landscape for people living with dementia in Greece.

Gaiety School of Acting, the partner from Ireland shared the latest news on the ‘Story2remember’ creative drama and storytelling pilot workshops, which have initially shown to bring about a sense of inclusion for people living with dementia. We look forward to getting our creative hats on and immersing ourselves in the training from Dublin in August, where we will all receive the ‘Story2remember’ training in using creative drama and storytelling in dementia care.

By Danielle Wyman Research Assistant for ADRC (Bournemouth University).



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Alzheimer’s Society Conference 2019


The Ageing and Dementia Research Centre’s Amanda Adams and Dina Blagden attended the Annual Alzheimer’s Society Conference at the Oval in London last May 2019, and joined Health Education England (HEE) (Jan Zietara: Head of Programme Delivery – South Health Education England, and Chris O’Connor: Consultant Admiral Nurse/HEE Dementia Fellow Health Education England) on the stand. They spoke to a range of people about the Dementia Education and Learning Through Simulation 2 ( DEALTS 2) training – the ADRC team are currently delivering  the training for a second time, across the South of England.

Dina presented a poster on research evaluation of DEALTS 2 from training sessions delivered from the first round, funded by HEE. These resources provide a simulation-based training package for staff working regularly with people living with dementia. The simulation approach aims to facilitate staff to consider experiences from the point of view of a person living with dementia. These resources can be adapted to be relevant in different settings, and have been designed using low key simulation scenarios, with the opportunity to be adjusted to suit the level of resources available.

ADRC attend the Memory Roadshow event

PhD student Raysa El Zein and Caroline Jones from The Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) attended “The Memory Roadshow Event” in Dorchester, hosted by Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust. The Memory Roadshow is an event for people who have memory problems, the people who support them and healthcare professionals. It was a mixture of talks, music and information on support services across Dorset.  The event was well attended with significant interest for our stall that presented the research and activities from the centre.


Professor Jane Murphy and Dr Janet Scammell visit the University of Genoa


Prof Jane Murphy (Ageing and Dementia Research Centre,ADRC) and Dr Janet Scammell (Nursing long-term Health Challenges Research Centre, N4LTH) from FHSS recently visited the University of Genoa, Italy to explore a potential collaboration focused on older people with severe swallowing difficulties.

Academic colleague Dr Milko Zanini from the Health Sciences Department in Genoa is with Janet a member of Phi Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (hosted by Bournemouth University).  Working with industry, Dr Zanini and his team have developed a novel nutrition-intervention programme that uses high-quality texture-modified food for people with dysphagia (swallowing problems) and demonstrated significantly improved nutritional, biochemical and functional outcomes in older people living in Italian nursing homes.  Dysphagia is a worldwide challenging clinical issue (affecting 8% of the world population), leading to poor health outcomes and quality of life including malnutrition, pneumonia in stroke patients and those affected by cognitive impairment. In nursing homes, older people with dysphagia and cognitive impairment and are also at higher risk of malnutrition, sarcopaenia (muscle loss) and higher mortality, and as such represent a considerable nursing challenge.

Jane and Janet with the ADRC and N4LTH plan to work collaboratively to explore new research around how this innovative intervention could be implemented in UK nursing homes and measure its impact on quality of life and other health outcomes.  The potential is to provide a much needed solution to better manage this challenging problem in older people.


2019 NHS Safeguarding Awards

2019 NHS Safeguarding Awards

The National Centre for Post-Qualifying Social Work and Professional Practice is pleased to announce that our Director Professor Keith Brown has been recognised for his significant contribution as a safeguarding system leader at the 2019 NHS safeguarding awards.

A full range of our safeguarding publications and workbooks are detailed on the centre website at

Implementing Nutrition Screening in Community Care for Older People (INSCCOPe) Conference – 24th April 2019

The Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) in collaboration with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) hosted their end of research project conference on ‘Nutrition Screening in Community Care for Older People’ (INSCOPPe) at the Captain’s Club Hotel in Christchurch. Funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing, this 2 year project aimed to understand factors that may help or hinder implementation of a new procedure for nutrition screening and embedding it as a routine aspect of care. New tools have been developed to encompass training for wider rollout across the organisation and wider adoption nationally.

At the conference, the outputs and impacts of the research were showcased for delegates and new tools were launched including training videos and new workbook launched ‘Managing malnutrition (as undernutrition) and caring for older people living in the community’. The workbook is aimed at healthcare staff working in community teams. Prof Jane Murphy, Research Project Lead/Co-Lead for the ADRC  ‘ Supporting staff to have the skills and knowledge in identifying and treating malnutrition in older people living in the community is  vital for organisations to meet their responsibilities for delivering excellent care.’

The speakers were:

  • Dame Christine Beasley – Trustee, Burdett Trust for Nursing
  • Jane Murphy, Professor of Nutrition, Co-Lead Ageing and Dementia Research Centre,  Research Project Lead, Bournemouth University
  • Annemarie Aburrow, Dietitian for Wessex Academic Health Science Network and Research Assistant, Bournemouth University
  • Kathy Steward, Area Matron, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Kathy Wallis, Associate Director, Wessex AHSN
  • Julia Lake, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Interim Divisional Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals
  • Alison Smith – BDA Older People Specialist Group chair, Prescribing Support Consultant Dietitian


Thank you to everyone who attended. The conference was a real success and really helped showcase the important work that ADRC continues to do.

It was such a great day – Thank you for having us over” – Caroline Laidlaw, Advanced Dietitian Mental Health from Sussex Partnership Trust.

The Ageing and Dementia Research Centre would like to extend a big thank you to those that contributed to the research and are grateful to The Burdett Trust for Nursing who provided generous support for the research project.

Please see website for more details about the research and how to access the tools:


The Ageing and Dementia Research Centre was at the Caring UK Conference – 11th April 2019

The Caring UK conference was held at Bournemouth Football Club’s Vitality Stadium. The doors opened promptly at 08.30 for attendees to visit the various exhibition stands that were on show. This included our very own stand displaying our guides and workbooks around the topic of Eating and Drinking Well with Dementia. These were very popular with attendees and helped showcase the work that the centre does. The stand was run by Caroline Jones (Administrator for the centre) and Dr Michele Board (Co-Director of the centre).

As part of the conference Dr Michele Board was giving a talk about ‘Insight into the Lived experience of Living with Dementia – A Virtual Reality Experience’. Having spoken to a lot of attendees in the morning ahead of Dr Michele Board’s talk in the afternoon, they were all very much looking forward to hearing Michele speak.

Overall, it was a very worthwhile conference to attend having met a variety of useful contacts from the care industry and it also really helped raise awareness of the work that the Ageing and Dementia Centre does.

Image of the Eating and Drinking Well with Dementia: A Guide for Care Staff that was on display.

Image of the Eating and Drinking Well: Supporting People Living with Dementia workbook  that was on display.

Mental Capacity Act Conference 2019


On the 19th February 2019, Dr Ben Hicks from the Psychology Department and the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC), was fortunate to be invited to present two one hour workshops at the Mental Capacity Act Conference in Dorchester. This is the largest conference for social workers and was attended by around 500 delegates. The conference focussed on assessing capacity in individuals and through a range of presentations by judges and lawyers, sort to outline the many challenges that can be faced whilst undertaking this work. Of particular interest, was a Keynote speech by Alex Ruck Keene, a lawyer based in London that specialises in mental capacity and mental health law. He discussed the many ground-breaking cases he has been involved in regarding the Mental Capacity Act and the multiple publications he has authored that have influenced this area of practice. His passion for, and knowledge of the subject was clearly evident, and it is safe to say that the audience could have listened to him for well beyond his allotted hour and a half timeslot.

Whilst the majority of the conference was concerned with assessing capacity in individuals, Ben took a slightly different angle with his workshops and sought to demonstrate how the ADRC enable people with dementia to have the capacity to contribute to research. This includes: positioning them as experts and eliciting their views at all stages of project development; creating safe spaces where they feel comfortable expressing themselves; and adopting flexible research methods that have a ‘moral sensitivity’ to their capabilities and interests. Ben also outlined the multiple ways whereby society constructs barriers that socially exclude people with dementia and prevent their participation in research and wider society, as well as the work that the ADRC are undertaking to address this. One such method is through a Virtual Reality training program that provides participants with an immersive experience of what it may be like to live with the condition. This innovative approach was well received and a number of the workshop delegates have already approached Ben to enquire about delivering the training within their workplace. This highlights the great work that the ADRC are undertaking to empower people with dementia and provide innovative training to healthcare professionals that emphasises the rights and capacity this population has for contributing throughout society. As one delegate wrote during the evaluation feedback:

“More from Dr Ben Hicks and Bournemouth Uni. He gave an interesting presentation on ageing and dementia research and talked about the responsibilities both himself and his colleagues have undertaken in regards to this. I would be interested to hear more from them.”




The 4th AD-Autonomy Meeting in Brighton – Preparations for the e-Platform Launch

As part of the ERASMUS+2017 project, Dr Ben Hicks and Irma Konovalova from the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre and Psychology department, hosted a three day meeting with their European partners from Slovenia, Turkey, Greece and Spain. The meetings were held in Brighton from the 11th-13th March 2019 and were the fourth in a series that have taken place over the past 1.5 years in the representative partner countries. During this time, the project has sought to collaborate alongside people with dementia and their care partners to explore how they seek to retain their autonomy throughout their journey with dementia, as well as develop an information portal that can support them with the challenges they may encounter. This fourth meeting presented an opportunity for the project partners to get together, view a prototype of the online information portal and discuss the training they will be delivering to the end-users during May-July 2019.


The fourth meeting is underway

The first day involved discussions about the training processes and the validation measures that could be used to explore its impact on the quality of life for people with dementia and their care partners. Given the varying professional backgrounds of the partners, with both academics and practitioners present, it was unsurprising that these were the liveliest discussions. However, by the end of the day an outcome was reached that satisfied everyone and so all partners headed off for a well-deserved dinner at a local tapas restaurant.  Although the discussions had been long, and sometimes fairly heated, everyone remained excited and positive about the final stages of the project.


Experiencing some Spanish culture in Brighton

The concluding two days were a little less emotionally charged, as the partners discussed the implementation of the training program within the different countries as well as the dissemination of the final outputs. The project will conclude in September 2019 and plans are underway to present the findings through: setting up local events within the representative countries; writing one technical and one academic paper for the varied audiences; and delivering presentations at international conferences. So far two conferences have been targeted for 2019: the International MinD Conference “Designing with and for People with Dementia: Wellbeing, Empowerment and Happiness,” held in Germany, and the Open Living Lab Days “Co-creating innovation: scaling up from Local to Global” in Greece.  However, given the positive feedback the project has received to date, it is likely that more opportunities for international dissemination will present themselves in the future.

Exciting times await!

By Irma Konovalova





New ‘DEALTS 2’ dementia education protocol paper by ADRC team

Many congratulations to Dr Michelle Heward, Dr Michele Board, Ashley Spriggs and Pro Jane Murphy from the ADRC for their new publication ‘Design and evaluation protocol for ‘DEALTS 2’: a simulation-based dementia education intervention for acute care settings’ in International Psychogeriatrics.

The team was commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) to develop and evaluate ‘DEALTS 2’, a national simulation-based education toolkit informed by the Humanisation Values Framework, developed at Bournemouth University and based on an experiential learning approach to facilitate positive impacts on practice. This paper describes the process of developing DEALTS 2 and the protocol for evaluating the impact of this intervention on practice across England.

The paper was published online on 3rd January 2019:

Using drama and storytelling in dementia care: Kick-off meeting for ERASMUS+ 2018 funded project

Using drama and storytelling in dementia care: Kick-off meeting for ERASMUS+ 2018 funded project

Last week, Dr Ben Hicks, I and the European partners from Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Ireland began the ERASMUS+ 2018 funded project, exploring drama and storytelling in dementia care. The kick-off meeting was held in Bucharest, Romania, where all partners met to discuss the implementation of the project and establish targets for the next two years.

The morning session began with a discussion regarding the process of producing a booklet “Life in a story: creative arts and storytelling use for Alzheimer’s Disease patients and carers”. This will be based on a systematic review, conducted by Bournemouth University, and interviews with professionals who use drama and storytelling as a mean to engage people with dementia. In the afternoon, representatives from The Gaiety School of Acting, Ireland, introduced us to the use of theatre and storytelling. This was by far the most creative and interesting moment from the meeting, as we passed a ball of string amongst ourselves whilst regaling the proudest moment in our life.

The ball of string went around the table and everyone got a chance to tell their story. At the end, we could tangibly see that although we were all individuals, we each had similar stories that bound us together. The partners from Gaiety School of Acting will be creating a training programme using similar methods that focus of theatre and storytelling to train health and social care professionals to better understand, engage and support people living with dementia and their care partners.


As the meeting progressed, we also discussed the preparation of a toolkit for family carers to improve communication with people with dementia as well as the policy recommendations required for creating dementia friendly communities and institutions through the use of creative arts.

The meeting went well, and clear targets and future plans were established for the project. Moving forward, Bournemouth University will now begin conducting a systematic review of the area as well as interviews with dementia practitioners. This phase of the research will conclude in April 2019 and will inform the development of a ‘Train-the-Trainer booklet that will supplement the future drama and storytelling workshops (Phase 2).

My first international meeting as a research assistant exceeded my expectations. We received a very warm welcome, tackled the workload with a lot of heated discussions and achieved positive outcomes from the meeting. It was interesting to learn about cross cultural differences in dementia care and the benefits that the creative arts can offer people with dementia and their care partners. However, it was also upsetting to listen to project partners sharing their experiences of battling their Governments to provide even the most minimal of financial support for those living with dementia. Hopefully, this ERASMUS+ 2018 project will not only bring more dementia awareness across European countries, but also enable a wide variety of people to use drama and storytelling in dementia care to improve understanding of dementia and enhance the support provided to those living with the condition. I really look forward to the practical part of this project, when we receive the training from Gaiety School of Acting.

Blog written by Irma Konovalova (Research Assistant in the ADRC).


An update on The TACIT TRIAL: Tai Chi for people with dementia

The TACIT Trial has reached some important milestones recently.

We closed the study to recruitment in July and we completed our last Tai Chi class earlier this month. Data collection will come to an end later this month with data cleansing, analysis, and write-up to follow. We’ll then expect to know the main results by around March 2019.

In the meantime, those interested to find out more about the study can read some papers published from the study:

[1] The findings from the pilot intervention phase, led by BU PhD student Yolanda Barrado-Martín:

Barrado-Martín, Y., Heward, M., Polman, R., & Nyman, S. R. (2018). Acceptability of a dyadic Tai Chi intervention for older people living with dementia and their informal carers. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, published online 30 August, DOI: 10.1123/japa.2017-0267.

[2] The trial protocol, led by chief investigator Samuel Nyman:

Nyman, S. R., Hayward, C., Ingram, W., Thomas, P., Thomas, S., Vassallo, M., Raftery, J., Allen, H., & Barrado-Martín, Y. (2018). A randomised controlled trial comparing the effectiveness of Tai Chi alongside usual care with usual care alone on the postural balance of community-dwelling people with dementia: Protocol for The TACIT Trial (TAi ChI for people with dementia). BMC Geriatrics, 18, e263. DOI:

You can also find out more about the study here: