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Blue print for excellence in dementia care to be created by University of Bradford and a leading Care Home

20 January 11


Nightingale Care Home, the largest Jewish care home in the UK, is partnering with the University of Bradford's internationally recognised centre for excellence, Bradford Dementia Group to establish a blue print for care provision for people with dementia in the care home.

The new partnership being launched today will not only mean that Nightingale Care Home can add to their excellent provision of care for those with dementia but also that the two leading organisations in the field of care and dementia can jointly set guidelines for dementia care across the country.

Nightingale Care Home, based in South West London, provides specialist care for the Jewish community and is dedicated to providing holistic quality care for its residents.  It will work with Bradford Dementia Group over the next two years to create a model and service design for older people living in care homes.  This model will challenge the provision of dementia care and lead and informing the sector in what excellence in dementia care should look like.

Bradford Dementia Group has a national and international reputation for education, research, training and practice development in dementia care and will use this partnership to create a service that is a model of excellence in the field, which will demonstrate an ability to deliver care of the highest quality to older people in the Jewish community.

Paul Edwards, Head of Training and Practice development at Bradford Dementia Group, said: "This project will transform care services for people with dementia and provide a blueprint of how we can develop, deliver and evaluate a model of excellence in dementia care. Both organisations are united in the belief that we can make a difference to the lives of people with dementia and those who care for them. This is an exciting venture that will benefit the lives of people with dementia and those who care for them at Nightingale and will raise the bar in what we can expect of care organisations in the field."

Leon Smith, Chief Executive of Nightingal, said:  "Nightingale has long been recognised as one of the leaders in the field of care for older people.   Acknowledged by its regulator, the Care Quality Commission, as an 'Excellent' home, Nightingale never wishing to rest on its laurels wants to make its care even more excellent.   There can be no doubt that a move towards even more person centred care is a route which all homes must follow.  We are delighted to be working with the renowned Bradford Dementia Group and feel confident that in partnership Nightingale will continue to lead the way in providing the very best in dementia care."

20 January 11

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