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'Person First....Dementia Second' training to be taken to Australia

10 August 11

Following the success of the 'Person First...Dementia Second' bespoke training package commissioned from Bradford Dementia Group by Bupa Care Services UK, the training will now be taken to Australia.

Three members of staff from the Bradford Dementia Group, located in the School of Health Studies at the University of Bradford are now travelling to Sydney to deliver this innovative person centred dementia care training package to Bupa Care Services Australia.  The outcome of this training will improve the quality of life for people living in care homes there.

Alzheimer's Australia estimate that almost 270,000 Australians currently live with dementia. 1,500 new cases are diagnosed each week and this figure is expected to grow to 7,400 new cases per-week by 2050. Therefore, demand for high quality dementia care provision within Australia is growing.

Dr Claire Surr, Emily Malet and Jan Robins from Bradford Dementia Group will deliver two six-day training programmes, over a three week period, to Bupa Care Services staff from across Australia. The care homes chosen to participate in this training programme will become centres of excellence within Australia and will share their knowledge and expertise in dementia care with other services locally and nationally.

Dr Claire Surr, Head of Education Programmes for Bradford Dementia Group comments, "We are delighted that we have been asked to deliver this person centred care training in Australia, following the success of our work with Bupa Care Services UK. We hope that our ongoing partnership with Bupa will lead to additional training opportunities in Australia and further afield."

Bupa Care Services Australia's Director of Dementia Services, Leanne Morton, is excited by the benefits the Bradford training will bring to Bupa's aged care residents in Australia.

"At least 70 percent of our residents have some form of dementia so building our expertise in this area is a priority.  Working with people living with dementia can be challenging but we strongly believe in the value of the person centred care approach.  Initially a core group of our carers will receive the Bradford training, but we have plans to roll the program out across our whole organisation.  It is our ambition to be first choice in dementia care in Australia, and the Bradford training sets us on this path," Leanne Morton said.

The Person First ... Dementia Second training programme which is currently being successfully rolled out across all Bupa's UK dementia care homes in partnership with Bradford Dementia Group includes workbooks covering essential dementia care knowledge for all staff to complete, as well as a series of training modules that cover key aspects of advanced person centred dementia care. Bradford Dementia Group trainers are developing specialised staff called Person First Coaches within each Bupa care home, who will facilitate the training modules and support implementation of learning in practice.

For more information on the training opportunities available from Bradford Dementia Group please contact (01274) 233996 or email or visit us online at

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