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Canterbury Christ Church University

Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, based in Tunbridge Wells, is part of the School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University. We offer postgraduate training in applied psychology and have research interests in many areas including dementia care (e.g. wellbeing, arts and health, supporting couples, GLBT issues).

9 July 2016
South East
Arts, Education Sector, Health, Research Sector
Local Alliances:
Kent 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?

The Salomons Centre at Canterbury Christ Church University  delivers postgraduate mental health training and research in applied psychology which helps to develop a more informed and knowledgeable work force in supporting demenia care. We also undertake research related to dementia care in a variety of areas. Students and trainees come from across the UK and our research has been disseminated nationally and internationally. 

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

The challenges to delivering education at a postgraduate level include recruiting the best possible students and trainees, some of which we hope will have an interest in working in dementia care. Challenges to research include funding and recruitment of interested participants across Kent, East Sussex and southeast London, the locations where we do most of our work.

2. Actions

  • To engage all of our students and trainees in understanding the complexities of dementia care

    All of our doctoral students in clinical psychology (approximately 100) receive training in older people's mental health care and in dementia care.

  • To increase the amount and quality of dementia care related research

    As part of doctoral training in clinical psychology all trainees are required to undertake a publishable quality research project as part of their 3 year training programme. Since 2010 we have set a goal of increasing the amount of research undertaken in broad areas of dementia care. We have now undertaken research in the following areas, which has been or will be published and disseminated: understanding the impact on couple relationships, on carers, use of the arts and musuems/galleries in dementia care, the GLBT community, and most recently young onset dementia.