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.
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.
Work Programme 5 recently participated in the British Society of Gerontology conference in Manchester, which was attended by researchers and interested audiences alike from all over the world took as its theme “Ageing in an unequal world: Shaping environments for the 21st Century”. Dr Faraz Ahmed and Dr Hazel Morbey presented the DEMTRAIN work at the symposium, which highlighted “the role of co-research in the development of a hospital organisational and staff survey exploring dementia training in acute hospitals”. Faraz also presented the work on the main theory underpinning the DEMTRAIN study, which is exploring the impact of dementia training in hospital setting in a presentation titled “Developing an initial programme theory for dementia training in hospitals: An experiential and consultations review exercise”. This presentation highlighted the barriers and facilitators to dementia training in hospitals.