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Bupa partners with Bradford Dementia Group to offer best practice dementia training to care home staff

18 October 10

Leading care home provider Bupa Care Services is partnering with the University of Bradford's internationally recognised centre for excellence, Bradford Dementia Group, to provide its care home staff with specialist dementia care training.

The training, called 'Person First, Dementia Second', is being rolled out to every member of staff working in Bupa's specialist dementia care homes, from managers and carers, to administrative and domestic staff.  The training aims to show how having a comprehensive understanding of an individual can help to create a better quality of life for people living with dementia.

Professor Murna Downs, Head of the Bradford Dementia Group, said: "We are delighted to work in partnership with a leading care home provider to meet the Government’s commitment to ensuring people with dementia live well in care homes.  We have a wealth of experience in workforce development having worked for over twenty years with organisations, practitioners and professionals to transform the quality of care."

Dr Graham Stokes, Director of Dementia Care at Bupa, said: "It's vital that all our staff get to understand how the world looks from the point of view of someone with dementia and how to respond and react to people living with the condition to provide continuing quality of life. Bradford Dementia Group has an excellent reputation and we are pleased to be working with them as part of our ongoing efforts to continually improve our dementia care and demonstrate leadership through collaboration with world-class partners."

More than 8,000 staff working in 150 of Bupa's specialist dementia care homes across the country will benefit from the training by Bradford Dementia Group.  Bradford Dementia Group has developed for Bupa, a range of training approaches including workbooks, accompanying DVDs and a comprehensive cascade training programme which will be delivered in the care homes by Bupa’s Person First coaches. 

18 October 10

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