Dr Jane Murphy and Joanne Holmes have continued their impact work of their project ‘Eating and drinking well: Supporting people living with dementia’ at a number of national events recently. They spoke alongside other leading dementia experts at Dementia 2020 in Manchester, the Alzheimer’s Show at Olympia in London and the AGE UK /LSE/NHS England interactive workshops on dignity and nutrition for older people in hospital Age UK/NHS England in London and Leeds. For more information: click here
Taken together with other work, it has resulted in a significant amount of interest from the health and social care sectors leading to the successful dissemination and evaluation of the training material developed through the research. Quote from a registered care home manager who completed the training:
” …we have now revolutionised our meal times and this has proven to be of great success, in the few short weeks of implementing this we have observed and recorded an increase in weight with the majority of our residents and a more sociable and interactive feel that surrounds our mealtimes.”
On 12thApril, Dr Jane Murphy and Joanne Holmes presented alongside Professor Alistair Burns CBE (National Clinical Director for Dementia, NHS England), Lorraine Jackson (Deputy Director – Dementia Policy, Department of Health) and Andrea Sutcliffe (Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Care Quality Commission) at the National Dementia 2020 Conference. Jane and Joanne discussed key findings from the Understanding Nutrition and Dementia research project as well as sharing the recently launched training Workbook and DVD ‘Eating and Drinking Well: Supporting People Living with Dementia’ developed from the project. The presentation was very well received and generated lots of positive response as reflected in the following tweets!
When applying to become a Research Assistant for this project I expected mostly data collection and being involved in the recruitment of participants. With a background in psychology, and having worked as a voluntary Research Assistant before, I found the aim of my work slightly different. When joining the research team and the Nutrition and Dementia project in January, I got happily surprised of my part in the project. I was greatly welcomed by Dr Jane Murphy RD RNutr, Joanne Holmes RNutr and Cindy Brooks, Research Assistant.
Please click Link to the Understanding Nutrition and Dementia project website
The part I would play in this project was to measure the impact of research that had already been conducted. Being presented with information already gathered and produced into a workbook and a DVD, I was immediately immersed into the project. The engagement of the team and the fact that they treated me like one of them was highly appreciated by me.
Picture of the Workbook
Please see below for the ‘Eating and Drinking Well: Supporting People Living with Dementia’ training video
My involvement in the project
Attended events within Dementia care
Involved in Dissemination and Evaluation of Research
Attended meetings with different teams involved in the research. E.g., research team, steering group, HSS department
Online Questionnaire design –both quantitative and qualitative
Developing spreadsheet to keep track of gathered data
Communication skills –presentations, target participants, email communication, mails, use of social media
Part of the online questionnaire developed by me
I was also invited to the Partners in Care event, to disseminate the workbook. The need for the project was evident in the public engagement at this event. Some of the public registered interest in a follow-up questionnaire to measure the impact of the workbook.
Partners in Care event, in picture me and Cindy Brooks
What I have gained
Information about what a potential career choice as an academic would be like
Knowledge in quantitative, qualitative and online research design
The importance of social media within an academic project. Twitter, the research website and research blog were used to spread the knowledge from the project
Presentations skills –presented findings to professionals within the department, and showcased the workbook at the Partners in Care event
The importance of multidisciplinary team working
An understanding of the importance of impact in research
I would highly recommend other students to apply to URA positions at Bournemouth University. It gives students a deeper understanding of research carried out within their field and an invaluable experience to take with them after university.
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