University of East Anglia (UEA)

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a research–intensive university and is ranked one of the UK’s top 15 universities, one of Europe’s top 100 and is also in the world’s top 100 for research excellence. Specialisms range from environmental science and climate change, to health, nutrition and medicine, exploring issues of family and child policy, economics and business through to creative writing. UEA is a campus university based in Norwich with 15,000 students (4,000 of them postgraduate).

Updated:
7 September 2017
Location:
East of England
Sectors:
Education Sector, Health, Research Sector
Local Alliances:
Norwich City Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

1. To raise awareness of dementia across the University’s communities and to ensure dementia features in our research, teaching, support and activities

2. To have in place appropriate University policies and processes that enable the needs of University staff living with dementia and for staff who are caring for a person with dementia to be taken into account

3. Build on our capacity to undertake research into dementia and encourage the involvement of people with dementia and their carers in our research activities

4. Provide training for our customer-facing staff and students to enable them to offer effective support and communication to people who live with dementia

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

1. Time and capacity for the training of staff and students in customer-facing roles

2. Funding for research into dementia does lag behind other clinical research areas such as cancer

3. Attracting researchers into a career researching dementia as opposed to more high profile clinical research areas

4. Staff and student understanding and awareness of dementia generally   

Member website

www.uea.ac.uk

2. Actions

  • Raising awareness

    To raise awareness of dementia across the University’s communities and to ensure dementia features in our research, teaching, support and activities.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Supporting our staff

     To have in place appropriate University policies and processes that enable the needs of University staff living with dementia and for staff who are caring for a person with dementia to be taken into account.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Research activities

    Build on our capacity to undertake research into dementia and encourage the involvement of people with dementia and their carers in our research activities.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Dementia-friendly staff and students

    Provide training for our customer-facing staff and students to enable them to offer effective support and communication to people who live with dementia.

    Status:
    Planning