Work Programme 5 DEMTRAIN – Alzheimer’s Europe Conference October 2018

The DEMTRAIN team has been actively presenting the emerging findings at international and national conferences. In October the whole team was at the Alzheimer’s Europe conference in Barcelona, showcasing the work of Neighbourhoods & Dementia and DHR. Dr Hazel Morbey gave an oral presentation on the co-researcher role of people living with dementia in the development of case study research design.

Dr Hazel Morbey, Dr Siobhan Reilly (Principal Investigator), Dr Faraz Ahmed and Dr Andrew Harding at Alzheimer Europe 2019

UK Dementia Congress, November 2018

In November, Dr Faraz Ahmed and Dr Hazel Morbey attended the UK Dementia Congress in Brighton to give poster presentations.    Faraz presented a poster on developing a programme theory for dementia training in hospitals.  Hazel and Faraz were delighted to meet up with Dawne Garrett, Royal College of Nursing, Professional Lead Older People and Dementia Care at the Congress. Dawne has acted as Chair of the DEMTRAIN study advisory group since 2015.

The presentations and the posters generated much interest and debate on the involvement of people living with dementia as co-researchers, and on understanding the challenges and opportunities in developing and evaluating dementia training in hospitals. The DEMTRAIN team are continuing to write up findings and are in progress with a paper on the initial programme theory for developing and evaluating dementia training in hospitals. This paper will serve as a potential tool for planning, developing and evaluating educational programmes in hospital settings among practitioners, trainers, and dementia training initiative developers and evaluators.

Dr Faraz Ahmed at UK Dementia Congress, November 2018
Dr Dawne Garrett, Dementia Lead Royal College of Nursing with Dr Faraz Ahmed and Dr Hazel Morbey

DEMTRAIN – Final phase

DEMTRAIN will be starting on the final phase of the study in the coming months. These involve conducting case studies in six contrasting hospitals. The research team is looking forward to visiting the six hospitals and conducting focus group discussions and interviews with staff.

Focus group


DEMTRAIN – Staff Survey

The DEMTRAIN study will complete its Staff Survey phase at the end of October. Several hospitals have taken part and the response rate has been excellent.

One of the first hospitals to complete the Staff Survey was Sherwood Forest Hospital, part of the Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Staff members who completed a survey were eligible to receive a £10 Amazon voucher as a token of thanks and recognition of their contribution. In addition, the two individual wards recruited from were presented with a Dementia Clock. The Study team were delighted to learn that the clocks have been well-received and are now in pride of place on the walls of the wards.

Staff at Sherwood Forest Hospital being presented with their DEMTRAIN dementia clock in recognition of their participation in the Staff Survey.