Bournemouth University Ageing & Dementia Research Centre

Bournemouth University (BU) Ageing & Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) brings together cross-Faculty research expertise in areas of ageing and dementia. At a time when our population is living longer and often with long-term conditions including dementia, the centre’s research significantly impacts on theory, education and professional practice. ADRC uses the team’s collective expertise to develop person-centred research which will improve the lives of people with dementia and their families. Research falls under three broad categories – developing ageing & dementia friendly environments, nutrition & wellbeing and activity & social inclusion. Each topic builds on a wealth of research knowledge and projects already taking place at BU.

Updated:
25 September 2017
Location:
South West
Sectors:
Arts, Care, Clinical Commissioning Group, Health, Hospitality, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Local Authorities, Recreation, Schools, Telecare, Education Sector, Emergency Services Sector, Commissioners Sector
Local Alliances:
Dorset 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?

Bournemouth University Ageing and Dementia Research Centre works at a local, national and international level on research, education and professional practice that improves the lives of people affected by the condition. We are working towards supporting and developing innovative ways to improve the lived experience of dementia. The centre is committed to multi-disciplinary engagement across the University and to the development and strengthening of collaboration between the University and local service providers from all sectors. We are working with local companies and care providers providing service evaluation, training and design consultancy. We are also engaged in the delivery of dementia education through our Dementia Studies, CPD and also as part of mainstream degree programmes at the University. Ensuring that the public and people affected by dementia with dementia and their carers can access our research and support is key to our approach and we host several public engagement events throughout the year to enable this. We are also working towards making Bournemouth University a dementia friendly organisation. At a national level we have established links and are working collaboratively on research with a number of other universities. We also work closely with AGE UK and the Alzheimer’s Society. We are partners with service commissioners, campaigning organisations and service providers in a county wide Dementia Partnership. Internationally we are involved in projects with European partners.

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

Dementia has been a priority for those in the field for many years but has only recently become a government priority. Therefore while funding has improved, securing funding remains challenging. Governments have yet to truly commit to adequate resourcing and funding for dementia research and services. The development of understanding of dementia both publicity and professionally in organisations is still in its infancy, and there is considerable work to be done in educating people on how they might best support people with dementia. While improvements in education and training are essential, this alone will not reduce stigma and fear. We are committed to working across disciplines and sectors so that our research, education and professional practice can contribute to a shift in societal understandings of dementia that will enable people affected by dementia to feel included within their communities

2. Actions

  • Consult with people with dementia

    We continue to promote awareness and understanding of the condition (helping to reduce stigma) through our public engagement events. At the core of our work is our desire to hear the voices and experiences of people affected by dementia, and so we continue to engage with those living with dementia and their carers through our research.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    We continue to promote awareness and understanding of the condition (helping to reduce stigma).

  • Education and training programmes

    We continue to develop education and training programmes in dementia care, this includes our MSc in Applied Dementia Studies, CPD course and bespoke training programme.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    We continue to develop education and training programmes in dementia care.  BUDI are currently recruiting its third intake for the MSc in Applied Dementia Studies

  • Contribution to academic and professional knowledge on dementia

    We continue to contribute to the academic and professional knowledge base on dementia and dementia care via dissemination of knowledge in academic and professional journals and conferences.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    We continue to contribute as per our action above.

  • Dementia Research

    We have a strong commitment to carrying out high quality research and to contribute to the evidence for non-pharmacological interventions and innovations in practice.  We continue to work locally, nationally and internationally with stakeholders and build on our recent funding successes, having secured both NIHR and ESRC funding at the end of 2015.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    We continue to have a strong commitment to carrying out high quality research and to contribute to the evidence for non-pharmacological interventions and innovations in practice.  We continue to work locally, nationally and internationally with stakeholders.

  • Improving dementia care

    We continue to work with a range of stakeholders to improve dementia care; this includes consultancy, training and service evaluations.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    We continue in 2016 to work with a range of stakeholders to improve dementia care; this includes consultancy, training and service evaluations.