University Highlighted in Prime Minister’s Report on Dementia

A highly successful dementia programme, designed and provided by the University of Worcester, has been highlighted in a national report from the Prime Minister.

The Dementia Leadership Programme is included in the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia Annual Progress Report, which commits to deliver major improvements in dementia care in the UK by 2015. The report also makes several recommendations on educating and training nurses in dementia.

Professor Dawn Brooker, Director of the University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies, said: “We are delighted that our Dementia Education Programme has received recognition within the Prime Minister’s report. The Programme is having a great impact on those who have undertaken the course. It gives participants the skills and confidence to make real changes in the way people with dementia are cared for if they have to go into hospital for treatment. They can use their new knowledge and skills to teach others how to provide expert care for someone with dementia.”

Worcestershire has the highest prevalence of dementia within the West Midlands (based on 2007/2008 NHS figures) and there are estimated to be 7,590 people with the condition in the county.

The University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies ’ Dementia Leadership Education Programme was developed with hospitals in the West Midlands, the South of England and Oxfordshire. It is planned to make this course available more widely across the UK. The programme, which uses a person-centred approach in caring for people with dementia, gives nurses an in-depth understanding into the needs of both the patient and their families along with the skills to provide expert care.

Professor Brooker adds: “Every nurse can make a difference to the care and treatment of patients with dementia.

“People with dementia occupy about a quarter of hospital beds because they need treatment for serious physical health problems. They are a very vulnerable and highly dependent group of patients. If hospital staff do not understand the additional needs that having dementia means then these patients do not receive adequate care.

“The Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia is a positive step forward in changing how we work with people living with dementia and their families and carers.”

For information on all courses at University of Worcester visit www.worcester.ac.uk or for application enquiries telephone 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk

For information about the work of the Association for Dementia Studies visithttp://www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/association-for-dementia-studies.html or emaildementia@worc.ac.uk