The Ageing & Dementia Research Centre (ADRC)’s Prof Jane Murphy and Joanne Holmes presented their research impact findings on Nutrition and Dementia Care at the National 12th UK Dementia Congress on 8th and 9th November 2017. The outputs of the research are a toolkit of education and training for nursing and care staff (http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/nutrition-dementia). To date the research evaluation (using a combination of questionnaire and interviews) has demonstrated highly positive feedback that includes ways to change practice to improve person-centred nutritional care. At the conference there were a wide range of presentations with focus on topics including aspects of training, delivery of care, seldom heard voices, design and technology, human rights aimed at carers and across care homes, hospitals, home care and migrant communities. Health Education England (HEE) also had a poster presentation that highlighted the work the ADRC have undertaken using DEALTS 2 (Dementia Education And Learning Through Simulation 2) programme as a train the trainer programme to all 13 HEE regions across England.
Health Education England (HEE) has commissioned Bournemouth University to deliver a new ‘‘Train the Trainers’ enhanced education programme called ‘Dementia Education and Learning Through Simulation’ 2 (DEALTS 2). This builds on previous work undertaken in 2013/14 by HEE to ensure healthcare professionals understand and can deliver key competencies according to the Dementia Core Skills Education and Training Framework at TIER 2 (Skills for Health and Health Education England, 2015).
Prof Jane Murphy, Dr Michele Board, Dr Michelle Heward and Ashley Spriggs from the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) delivered the first pilot session in Oxford on 10th May 2017. This interactive day was really well received and included attendance by Jan Zietara, Head of Operational Delivery, HEE; Jacqueline Fairburn-Platt, Associate Dean Quality Improvement, HEE Thames Valley as well as Dementia and Quality Improvement Leads. Over the next 2 months another 12 sessions will be delivered to trainers across the HEE regions in England. The delivery of the programme will be evaluated as well as the roll-out across England by the trainers themselves to staff to understand the impact the education is having on practice for the delivery of dementia care. In June the early evaluation work will be supported with the help of a Student Research Assistant, Laurie Emerson. Laurie is currently a final year psychology student in Faculty Sci Tech.