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

Work Programme 5 British Society of Gerontology 2018 presentations

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.

Dr Faraz Ahmed presenting at BSG Symposium

Dr Faraz Ahmed and panel at BSG 2018

WP5 DEMTRAIN at Alzheimer’s Europe Conference, Berlin 2017

Dr Siobhan Reilly and Dr Faraz Ahmed from the Neighbourhoods & Dementia Work Programme 5 at Lancaster presented preliminary findings on their organisational survey of dementia training in acute hospitals across England at the Alzheimer’s Europe Conference in Berlin (2-4 October 2017). This was also a great opportunity to build on developing an international profile and presence of their study. The next stage involves surveying staff members at 24 acute NHS hospitals in the New Year. The research team wish to thank Garstang Memory Café for their involvement through consultation, to help develop the staff survey tool. Please contact Faraz Ahmed (f.ahmed5@lancaster.ac.uk ) for more information.

Dr Siobhan Reilly and Dr Faraz Ahmed at Alzheimer’s Europe