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University of Bradford work featured in BBC 2 documentary

7 December 09


Sir Gerry Robinson's BBC 2 documentary 'Can Gerry Robinson Fix Dementia Care Homes?', to be shown tomorrow (Tuesday, 8 December, 2009) will feature the work of the Bradford Dementia Group at the University of Bradford being used to improve the care provided in care homes.

The Department of Health's National Dementia Strategy calls for an informed and effective workforce for the growing number of people with dementia.  The All Party Parliamentary Committee on Dementia has highlighted the skills gap in dementia care, paying particular attention to care home staff. 

Eager to find a solution to care homes' training needs, Sir Gerry Robinson called in Head of Training and Practice Development at Bradford Dementia Group, Paul Edwards, to work with one of the homes featured in the programme threatened with closure due to under occupancy.

Following a review of the quality of care in the home, Paul introduced the staff to Dementia Care Mapping (DCM). Dementia Care Mapping is a specialised tool developed by Bradford

Dementia Group, which has been recognised by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, the Audit Commission and the Healthcare Commission as a method for improving care practice for people with dementia. Taking the view of the person with dementia, Dementia Care Mapping helps staff teams to develop person- centred practice and to improve care for residents.

The care home featured in the show was happy to take Paul's advice on board, and is now a thriving business, providing a high standard of care to its vulnerable residents.

"I really enjoyed working with the home", said Paul, "and to see the difference that a positive focus on training in person-centred care and the use of our practice development methodology, DCM, can make to the standard of care people with dementia receive. Bradford Dementia Group is totally committed to helping staff improve standards of care for their most vulnerable clients."

To find out more about workforce development opportunities offered by Bradford Dementia Group, email soh-recruitment@bradford.ac.uk, telephone 01274 236367 or visit our Health Studies website.

7 December 09

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