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Researchers receive grant to improve dementia care in care homes

Published: Wed 12 Feb 2014
Researchers receive grant to improve dementia care in care homes

Researchers from the Bradford Dementia Group, University of Bradford, have received £2.4 million of funding from the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment (NIHR HTA) Programme to conduct a four year national study looking at how the quality of care for people with dementia in care homes can be improved.

Led by Dr Claire Surr, the research team comprises of Professor Murna Downs and Mr Paul Edwards from the University of Bradford as well as leading academics from Kings College London, University of Leeds, Newcastle University and the University of Technology Sydney. The research also includes experts from Oxfordshire Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bradford District Care Trust, Bupa and the Alzheimer’s Society.

The study, known as DCM-EPIC, will involve 750 people with dementia and care staff in 50 care homes across the North of England, London and Oxfordshire. The aim is to investigate whether Dementia Care Mapping™ (DCM), a technique developed at the University of Bradford, is effective in helping care home staff to deliver better quality care to people with dementia.

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