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BU Research Staff Association Writing Morning – 22.01.19

The BU Research Staff Association (RSA) are hosting a writing morning on 22nd January in EBC304, Executive Business Centre, Lansdowne Campus.  This is a space for focused writing time and networking over coffee break. The room will be available from 8.30-1pm with refreshments 10am. The RSA writing mornings are open to all staff at BU, and we particularly welcome those on research specific contracts including PGRs.

Please feel free to join us for the whole or part of the morning.  Please note this is a seminar room only so you will need to bring your own laptop if you wish to use one.

For catering purposes please email mheward@bournemouth.ac.uk if you wish to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there.

BU Research Staff Association

ADRC launches ageing and dementia friendly environments education workshops to share research and create impact in practice

People with dementia often find it more difficult to understand and navigate built environments. Dementia-friendly environments compensate for impairments to maximise independence and quality of life. During the last week of November Prof Jan Wiener, Dr Michelle Heward, Amanda Adams and Dr Sarah Hambidge from the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) launched the new SustAining residenT NAVigation in care environments (SAT NAV) education programme, running two workshops with 28 local practitioners including care home managers, architects and interior designers.

The aim of the workshops is to enable practitioners to develop strategies to support people with dementia in unfamiliar environments. To facilitate this, practitioners learnt about existing ageing and dementia friendly design principles and audit tools as well as how navigation research can support wayfinding in care environments. This included an overview of the ADRC empirically validated design guidelines, a key output from a two year ESRC grant and over 10 years of research by Prof Jan Wiener, to support effective way finding in people with Alzheimer’s disease in care environments. Design suggestions made by students from the Bournemouth Arts University Graphic Design course led by Alice Stevens were also included to give practitioners ideas for implementing the design guidelines in their own practice.

Feedback from the workshops suggests that the practitioners ‘…have a better understanding about navigation and orientation for people with dementia’ and that the ‘training has given me ideas to take back to workplace’. The team will continue to develop the education workshops and plan to hold several more in 2019. Evaluation of the impact of the workshops in practice will include following up with the practitioners at a later date to explore how they have applied the learning in their own practice.

To register your interest in attending a future workshop please contact Michelle Heward.

ADRC sharing research and making impact at key dementia conferences

In the last few weeks, members and a PhD Student from the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) have attended the latest dementia conferences and an awards ceremony.

28th Alzheimer Europe Conference, Barcelona (Spain)

Prof Jane Murphy, Dr Michele Board and Yolanda Barrado-Martín attended the 28th Alzheimer Europe Conference (29th to 31st October 2018). Jane presented a paper on her nutrition research ‘Innovative training to improve nutrition and hydration in people living with dementia’. Dr Michele Board presented a poster ‘Evaluating the impact of the virtual reality app “A walk through dementia” on students learning and practice’ centred on her research funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK. Whilst Yolanda presented a poster ‘What are the views of people living with dementia and their informal carers getting involved in Tai Chi?’ based on the findings from her PhD project which forms part of the TACIT Trial.

During the conference, over 800 international researchers met in Barcelona to learn about research, policy and practice around the theme ‘Making dementia a European priority’. Amongst the attendees to the conference, there were also people living with dementia and their carers who took the floor in different sessions. The main aim of those living with dementia was that they want to be involved in decision making processes in their day-to-day life and care, including their participation in research (i.e., advocating for co-creation approaches). Specific themes of the conference covered policies, care approaches and services for people living with dementia and their carers, as well as their rights in our society, and strategies to prevent and treat dementia.

13th Annual UK Dementia Congress, Brighton

 Prof Jane Murphy, Dr Michele Board, Dr Michelle Heward and Dr Ben Hicks attended the 13th Annual Dementia Congress (6th and 8th November 2018). Dr Michelle Heward presented a poster on the ‘implementation and evaluation of the Dementia Education And Learning Through Simulation 2 (DEALTS 2) programme’ a project funded by Heath Education England (HEE) to develop and evaluate an education toolkit for acute care settings. During the first plenary session, Minister of State for the Department of Health and Social Care Caroline Dinenage MP highlighted that “staff training for dementia is increasing with programmes like DEALTS 2”. As part of the dissemination funding for the DEALTS 2 programme, Michelle and Jane were also invited to talk to conference attendees visiting the HEE stand about the programme evaluation. Dr Michele Board presented her research funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK in a paper ‘Evaluating the impact of the Virtual Reality app ‘A Walk-Through Dementia’ on year one health care students’ clinical practice’.  Dr Ben Hicks presented a paper ‘Game Plan: promoting gaming technology amongst dementia practitioners’ based on his European funded research.

 

 

The annual conference attracts practitioners, academics and people with dementia and carers to discuss the latest innovations and research in the dementia field. The motion this year was ‘the right to services is more important that disability rights for people with dementia’ and stimulated a dynamic exchange of opinions during the many plenaries, parallel sessions and workshops

9th National Dementia Care Awards 2018, Brighton

Following the Dementia Congress, on the 8th November Dr Michelle Heward and Dr Michele Board were invited to represent the DEALTS 2 team at the National Dementia Care Awards, following the programme being shortlisted for the Best Dementia Care Award. The evening was full of glitz and glamour with the dress code ‘black tie’. Following a three course meal, finalists and the winners of the 14 categories were announced and celebrated. We had a fantastic night celebrating the hard work and dedication of so many individuals and teams from the dementia field, and although we did not win the category, we were delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious national award.

Attendance at these events was a great opportunity to showcase some of the current research projects being undertaken by the ADRC team, hear the views of those living with dementia and their carers, and network with practitioners and researchers in the dementia field.

BU Research Staff Association Writing Morning – 21.11.18

The BU Research Staff Association (RSA) are hosting a writing morning on 21st November in P402, Poole House, Talbot Campus. As part of the morning we will run a shut up and write session, this includes some networking over coffee and cake plus focused writing time where you should plan to work on one activity. The room will be available from 9-1pm with the shut up and write session taking place 10-11am. Refreshments will be provided at 10am. The RSA writing mornings are open to all staff at BU, and we particularly welcome those on research specific contracts including PGRs.

Please feel free to join us for the whole morning, the shut up and write hour, or any other part of the morning.  Please note this is a seminar room only so you will need to bring your own laptop if you wish to use one.

For catering purposes please email mheward@bournemouth.ac.uk if you wish to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there.

BU Research Staff Association

 

Research Staff Association coffee morning 25/07/18 ‘Reflections on moving from Post-doc to Lecturer’

The next BU Research Staff Association coffee morning will take place on the 25th July, 10-11am in F105, Fusion Building, Talbot Campus. These coffee morning are open to all staff at BU, and we particularly welcome those on research specific contracts including PGRs.

We are delighted to welcome guest speakers Dr Pramod Regmi from Faculty of Health and Social Science and Dr Julia Hibbert from Faculty of Management to reflect on moving from Post-Doc to Lecturer positions at BU in the last 12 months.We look forward to seeing you there.

BU Research Staff Association

ADRC and HEE showcase ‘DEALTS 2’ at Alzheimer’s Society Show (8/9th June) in London

Prof Jane Murphy and Dr Michelle Heward from the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) were invited to join Health Education England (HEE) to showcase the Dementia Education and Learning Through Simulation 2 (DEALTS 2) programme at the Alzheimer’s Society Show in London. The ADRC have been commissioned by HEE to develop and evaluate the DEALT2 programme across England.

The DEALTS 2 programme was showcased by Jan Zietara, Head of Programme Delivery for HEE, in her presentation on Saturday 9th June as well as on the HEE event exhibition stand. This provided a fantastic opportunity to disseminate the recently launched programme resources, which are now freely available to download on the HEE website. DEALTS 2 is a simulation-based dementia education programme for staff in acute hospitals across England. It is based on an experiential learning approach, placing hospital staff into the shoes of a person with dementia, to facilitate a positive impact on practice.

Throughout the two days at the show there were many exhibition stands and talks from a wide range of organisations across the dementia field and it was great to hear ideas from people attending about how DEALTS 2 could be adapted for new audiences – watch this space!

 

‘Science Playground’ at Festival of Learning

Researchers from across Bournemouth University (BU) hosted the ‘Science Playground’ event on 16th July as part of this year’s Festival of Learning. The aim of the event was to showcase the diversity of research happening across BU, with fun activities for children (and adults) to start conversations about the different research projects.

This included simulation activities and virtual reality experiences putting people into the shoes of a person with dementia, as Dr Michelle Heward from the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre showcased the Dementia Education And Learning Through Simulation 2 (DEALTS 2) programme which has been developed for Health Education England.

Hunting for jelly ‘lamprey’ worms in plastic mud as Dr Miguel Baltazar Soares from the Faculty of Science and Technology discussed his sea lamprey monitoring campaign in the River Frome.

Whilst, Dr Huiwen Zhao from the Faculty of Media and Communications used arts and crafts to get feedback on her mass customization website design research.

Thanks to those who took part in the event which was organised by the BU Research Staff Association (RSA). To find out more about BU RSA please come along to our next coffee morning on Wednesday 25th July at 10am in F105, Fusion Building, Talbot Campus.

BU Research Staff Association

 

Research Staff Association coffee morning 30/05/18 – theme knowledge exchange and impact

The next BU Research Staff Association coffee morning will take place on the 30th May, 10-11am in S107, Studland House, Lansdowne Campus. The focus is on knowledge exchange and impact. These coffee morning are open to all staff at BU, and we particularly welcome those on research specific contracts including PGRs.

We are delighted to welcome guest speakers Jane Kavanagh-Lauridsen from the BU RKEO team to share their knowledge and experience in this area.

We look forward to seeing you there.

BU Research Staff Association

ADRC and HEE launch ‘DEALTS 2’ at Alzheimer’s Society Conference (22nd/23rd May) during Dementia Action Week

Prof Jane Murphy and Dr Michelle Heward from the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) were invited to join Health Education England (HEE) to launch the Dementia Education and Learning Through Simulation 2 (DEALTS 2) programme at the Alzheimer’s Society Annual Conference in London. The ADRC have been commissioned by HEE to develop and evaluate the DEALT2 programme across England.

The DEALTS 2 programme was showcased on the HEE stand; providing a fantastic opportunity to launch the programme resources, which are now freely available to download on the HEE website. DEALTS 2 is a simulation-based dementia education programme for staff in acute hospitals across England. It is based on an experiential learning approach, placing hospital staff into the shoes of a person with dementia, to facilitate a positive impact on practice.

Throughout the two days at the conference there were many talks including those from members of the 3 Nations Dementia Working Group; Jeremy Hughes, CEO Alzheimer’s Society; Alistair Burns, NHS England; Minister Takashi Okada from Japan; and Carey Mulligan Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador (pictured below). The key message was that dementia is everyone’s business and we all need to commit to taking small or large actions to improve society for people with dementia.

ADRC welcomes speakers from the University of Sussex and Exeter

On Wednesday 25th April, the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) welcomed external speakers to present their dementia focused research as part of the ADRC Research Seminar Series.

In the first talk, Dr David Orr (Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Sussex) and Dr Yugin Teo (Lecturer in English and Communication at Bournemouth University) discussed their research exploring the representation of dementia in crime fiction and film in their presentation ‘Representing Dementia in Film and Fiction’.

This was followed by a second talk from Rosanna Mead (PhD Student at the University of Exeter) who explained how her research is examining the role of music to alleviate agitation for people with dementia in hospital environments, in her presentation ‘Ethnography of the Environment of Hospital Wards for Patients with Dementia, and the Role in which Music Can Play Within this’.

We were delighted to see staff and students from the different faculties across BU attending this seminar, demonstrating the multidisciplinary nature of dementia. Please email Michelle Heward if you have suggestions for speakers for next year’s ADRC Research Seminar Series.  

For more information about the ADRC.

ADRC and HEE showcase ‘DEALTS 2’ at ‘Dementia 2020: The Next Phase’ in London

On Tuesday 17th April 2018, the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) were invited to join Health Education England (HEE) to showcase the Dementia Education and Learning Through Simulation 2 (DEALTS 2) programme at ‘Dementia 2020: The Next Phase’ in London. The event, hosted by Govconnect, provided an opportunity to consider progress on the ‘Challenge Dementia 2020 Implementation Plan’ assessing whether commitments have been meet so far. Commitments of the plan aspire to make England the best country in the world for: dementia care and support; for people with dementia to live; and to conduct dementia research.

In 2016, HEE commissioned a team from Bournemouth University (BU) to develop and evaluate DEALTS 2. DEALTS 2 is a simulation-based dementia education programme for staff in acute hospitals across England. It is based on an experiential learning approach, placing hospital staff into the shoes of a person with dementia, to facilitate a positive impact on practice. The training is mapped against a selection of core competencies for staff with regular contact with people with dementia (Tier 2) and underpinned by the Humanising Values Framework a philosophical lens originally developed at BU. The team, Dr Michelle Heward, Dr Michele Board, Ashley Spriggs and Prof Jane Murphy, delivered DEALTS 2 as a train-the-trainer model across England in 2017 to 196 trainers from 13 HEE Local Education Boards, and are continuing to evaluate the impact on practice.

The DEALTS 2 programme was showcased as a case study at the Dementia 2020 event in a presentation given by Jan Zietara the Head of Programme Delivery for HEE. Dr Michelle Heward represented the ADRC at the event which provided an opportunity to connect with members of key organisations involved in delivering the Implementation Plan for Dementia 2020, as well as people with dementia, caregivers and individuals interested in dementia care and support more broadly.

The event was co-chaired by George Rook an advocate who himself lives with dementia, and Rachel Thompson the Professional and Practice Lead for Dementia UK. Throughout the event a range of speakers updated the audience on progress including: Jeremy Hughes CBE, Chief Executive, Alzheimer`s Society; David Nuttall, Deputy Director – Dementia Policy, Department of Health; and Dr Charles Alessi Senior Advisor and Lead for Dementia, Public Health England. It has to be said though that Suzy Webster who is a caregiver for her mother who has dementia gave the most heartfelt speech reminding us that policy is necessary but it is now time to see action on the ground to improve care and support for people with dementia – not a dry eye was left in the house!

Discussion on the day focused on celebrating the small steps forward that have been taken, whilst being mindful that there remains some way to go to meet the commitments outlined in the plan by 2020.

ADRC Research Seminar Series 25/04/18

You are cordially invited to this seminar which is open to all BU staff and students.

Wednesday 25th April 2018

2 – 3.30 pm

F307, Fusion Building, Talbot Campus

 

‘Representing Dementia in Film and Fiction’ Dr David Orr, University of Sussex and Dr Yugin Teo, Bournemouth University

From something that was ‘not really talked about’ publicly, the last two decades have seen dementia explode into the public sphere and contemporary culture’s creative imaginary. Cinema, documentary, theatre, art, memoirs, biography, poetry, literary fiction and genre fiction have all taken up dementia as a prominent theme. The gerontological humanities have been exploring what these works reveal of the experiences, preoccupations, dilemmas and misapprehensions to which dementia gives rise. This presentation discusses selected examples of engagement with dementia within (1) cinema and (2) crime fiction, asking how these narratives might reflect and shape audience perceptions of living with the condition.

Biographies

Dr David Orr is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Sussex, where his principal research interests focus on adult safeguarding and self-neglect, global mental health, and representations of dementia in contemporary films and fiction. He has worked on a number of knowledge reviews for the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and is co-editor of the Palgrave Handbook of Sociocultural Perspectives on Global Mental Health. Before entering academia, he worked in Community Mental Health Teams in the areas of Adult Learning Disability and Older Adult Mental Health.

Dr Yugin Teo is Lecturer in English and Communication at Bournemouth University. He has previously taught literature and film at the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex where he completed his doctorate. His research on the representation of memory in literature and film has been published in the journals Critique, Medical Humanities and Science Fiction Film and Television. His research monograph Kazuo Ishiguro and Memory was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014.

 

‘Ethnography of the Environment of Hospital Wards for Patients with Dementia, and the Role in which Music Can Play Within this’ Rosanna Mead, University of Exeter

Rosanna Mead discusses her PhD research exploring how music can play a role within acute hospital ward environments for patients with dementia, with a specific focus on agitation and methods to measure levels of agitation in patients with dementia, in relation to environmental factors. She draws on findings from her ethnographic study conducted within two acute hospital wards for patients with dementia, exploring the link between environments and health, considering health/illness states as something which can fluctuate in relation to the environment, and within this gaining a grounded understanding of the interaction between agitation and the environment.

Biography

Rosanna Mead is a PhD Candidate at the University of Exeter in the Sociology Department, under the supervision of Professor Tia DeNora and Dr Hannah Farrimond. She is also the Director of Dorset based social enterprise Musica Music and Wellbeing.

 

 

BU PhD Students heading to the British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference in July

Congratulations to Mananya Podee (FHSS) and Yolanda Barrado-Martín (FST)!

Great to see both of your papers accepted meaning that BU research to improve the  lives of people with dementia and their families will be presented at the British Society of Gerontology 47th Annual Conference ‘Ageing in an Unequal World: Shaping Environments for the 21st Century’ in Manchester in July.

Mananya from the Centre for Qualitative Research (CQR) and the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) will present a paper on ‘Improving holiday accommodation and service provision for people with dementia’. Yolanda from the ADRC and the Psychology Department will present a paper on ‘How is Tai Chi received by people living with dementia and their informal carers?’ based on her work on the TACIT Trial.

Both studies are searching for more people with dementia and their carers to take part. If this sounds like something you might like to get involved in (or you know someone else that might) please contact them for further information.

  • Mandy is looking for people with dementia and carers to talk about holiday experiences in a short interview. For more information please email mpodee@bournemouth.ac.uk
  • Yolanda is looking for people with dementia and carers who might like to take part in Tai Chi. For more information please telephone 07801 890258 or email ybarradomartin@bournemouth.ac.uk

ADRC Research Seminar Series 25/04/18 ‘Ethnography of Hospital Wards for Patients with Dementia, and the Role of Music Within this’ Rosanna Mead

Ethnography of the Environment of Hospital Wards for Patients with Dementia, and the Role in which Music Can Play Within this

Rosanna Mead, University of Exeter

You are cordially invited to this seminar which is open to all BU staff and students.

Wednesday 25th April 2018

2.30 – 4 pm

F307, Fusion Building, Talbot Campus

Abstract

Rosanna Mead discusses her PhD research exploring how music can play a role within acute hospital ward environments for patients with dementia, with a specific focus on agitation and methods to measure levels of agitation in patients with dementia, in relation to environmental factors. She draws on findings from her ethnographic study conducted within two acute hospital wards for patients with dementia, exploring the link between environments and health, considering health/illness states as something which can fluctuate in relation to the environment, and within this gaining a grounded understanding of the interaction between agitation and the environment.

Biography

Rosanna Mead is a PhD Candidate at the University of Exeter in the Sociology Department, under the supervision of Professor Tia DeNora and Dr Hannah Farrimond. She is also the Director of Dorset based social enterprise Musica Music and Wellbeing.

 

ADRC Research Seminar Series 25/04/18 ‘Representing Dementia in Film and Fiction’ Dr David Orr and Dr Yugin Teo

Representing Dementia in Film and Fiction

Dr David Orr, University of Sussex and Dr Yugin Teo, Bournemouth University

You are cordially invited to this seminar which is open to all BU staff and students.

Wednesday 25th April 2018

2.30 – 4 pm

F307, Fusion Building, Talbot Campus

Abstract

From something that was ‘not really talked about’ publicly, the last two decades have seen dementia explode into the public sphere and contemporary culture’s creative imaginary. Cinema, documentary, theatre, art, memoirs, biography, poetry, literary fiction and genre fiction have all taken up dementia as a prominent theme. The gerontological humanities have been exploring what these works reveal of the experiences, preoccupations, dilemmas and misapprehensions to which dementia gives rise. This presentation discusses selected examples of engagement with dementia within (1) cinema and (2) crime fiction, asking how these narratives might reflect and shape audience perceptions of living with the condition.

Biographies

Dr David Orr is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Sussex, where his principal research interests focus on adult safeguarding and self-neglect, global mental health, and representations of dementia in contemporary films and fiction. He has worked on a number of knowledge reviews for the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and is co-editor of the Palgrave Handbook of Sociocultural Perspectives on Global Mental Health. Before entering academia, he worked in Community Mental Health Teams in the areas of Adult Learning Disability and Older Adult Mental Health.

Dr Yugin Teo is Lecturer in English and Communication at Bournemouth University. He has previously taught literature and film at the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex where he completed his doctorate. His research on the representation of memory in literature and film has been published in the journals Critique, Medical Humanities and Science Fiction Film and Television. His research monograph Kazuo Ishiguro and Memory was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014.

 

Research Staff Association coffee morning 28/03/18 – theme researcher development

The next BU Research Staff Association coffee morning will take place on the 28th March, 10-11am in F105, Fusion Building, Talbot Campus. The focus is on researcher development at BU. These coffee morning are open to all staff at BU, and we particularly welcome those on research specific contracts including PGRs.

We are delighted to welcome guest speakers Chloe Nevitt and Julia Calleja from the BU Organisational Development team to share their knowledge and experience in this area.

We look forward to seeing you there.

BU Research Staff Association

ADRC and BUCRU host ‘Ageing, Frailty and Dementia Steamlab’ 2018

The Ageing, Frailty and Dementia Steamlab took place at BU on the 14th February, co-hosted by the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) and Bournemouth University Clinical Research Unit (BUCRU). The Steamlab brought together academics and clinicians from across the county with an interest in the topic area.

The event kicked off with an introduction by the Directors of the host research centres: Prof Jane Murphy, ADRC; Prof Jan Wiener, ADRC; and Prof Peter Thomas, BUCRU. Attendees were then given some time to individually reflect on their own skills, knowledge and experiences, and asked to identify current key challenges in the field. Guest speaker Esther Clift from Southern Health gave an interesting talk about her experiences of frailty based on her practice as an Occupational Therapist and the importance of what she believes is the first community-based Multidisciplinary Frailty Team in the UK, which she is based in in the New Forest.

After lunch, attendees heard from guest speakers: Prof Peter Thomas from BUCRU about how BU can support practitioners undertaking clinical research with an overview of the staff and services that BUCRU provide; and Dr Mike Vassallo from Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital about his personal experiences of undertaking research as a practitioner and the value that this has had on his clinical practice.

Attendees then teamed up to develop a research project idea based on one of the areas identified as a key challenge from the morning session. Teams then had 5 mins to each feedback their ideas to the group. Attendees voted for the project they felt was the strongest. The winning team with representatives from BU and Poole NHS Hospital Trust have been given the chance to submit a proposal for some pump prime funds to kick start work on a new project to inform a larger research bid!

With over 30 people attending, the Steamlab was lively and lead to some interesting discussion and debate about the key challenges we face as an ageing society. The opportunity to think about and discuss challenges through the integration of research and practice was particularly useful.

For more information about the ADRC or BUCRU.

 

 

Research Staff Association coffee morning 31/01/18 – theme research ideas and funding

The next BU Research Staff Association coffee morning will take place on the 31st January, 10-11am in S107, Studland House, Lansdowne Campus. The focus is on developing your research ideas and where to look for funding. These coffee morning are open to all staff at BU, and we particularly welcome those on research specific contracts including PGRs.

We are delighted to welcome guest speaker Ehren Milner, Research Facilitator from the BU Research and Knowledge Exchange Office to share his knowledge and experience in this area.

We look forward to seeing you there.

BU Research Staff Association