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Dementia Care Research Programme

PenCLAHRC supports a programme of work on the topic of dementia and dementia care. This programme aims to enhance the experience of care, to improve health outcomes, and to reduce unnecessary costs for patients with dementia and their carers. It is underpinned by:

  • The expressed uncertainties of those with dementia, their informal carers and those in professional and non-professional paid caring roles - most clearly expressed by the 146 research questions and ten priorities identified by the Alzheimer’s Society and others via the James Lind Alliance process
  • A commitment to review, develop, test and implement evidence-based complex interventions directly related to the care needs of people with dementia using the best performing research methods
  • A promise to develop a competent cadre of clinical academic research clinicians from nursing and allied health care professions.

In addition to the projects and PhD studentships supported as part of core CLAHRC funding, we have been awarded additional funding from the NIHR as part of their Research Capacity in Dementia Care Pilot Programme (RCDCP). The aim of this programme is to develop new researchers in dementia care, from clinical (non-medical) backgrounds, who have the potential to become leaders in the field.

PenCLAHRC staff are also leading a new Centre of Excellence in Dementia Care Research, funded by the Alzheimer’s Society. Work carried out under this collaboration will look to improve the quality of life for people with dementia, and care in advanced dementia.

Our Projects

PenCLAHRC has supported a number of projects on dementia research and continues to focus considerable resources in this important area. In addition, the Evidence Synthesis Team has also conducted a number of systematic reviews in the area of dementia research. Read more about all these projects on our Dementia Care Research Programme projects page.

PhD Studentships

PenCLAHRC currently supports 10 dementia related PhD students - six as core CLAHRC funded projects and four via the RCDCP programme, which supports PhD fellows exclusively from nursing and allied health care backgrounds.  Find out more about these projects on our Dementia Care Research Programme PhD studentships page.

Our People

We have a number of PenCLAHRC staff working on the dementia care programme and supporting our PhD studentships:

For more information on the RCDCP programme, please read the Research Capacity in Dementia Care Pilot Programme (RCDCP) document taken from our annual report 2015/16.

To read about the University of Exeter Medical School and their extensive research into dementia care, please visit their Dementia Research website

Upcoming Events

Nov
16

Making Sense of Health Research...

Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, TQ11 0EG

Please note that the conference is now fully booked. If you would like to be...
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Nov
22

Searching and Review Clinic

ITTC Building, Plymouth (Cafe area: please go to Reception on arrival where a member of the team will meet you)

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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News

£2.7m study to focus on dementia support workers in primary care

25 October 2018

A new study is investigating how to introduce dementia support workers into GP surgeries, with...
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‘Floundering without support’ – a dementia carer’s story on why new research is vital

25 October 2018

Dorothy Tudor has cared for her partner Bob since he was diagnosed with dementia seven...
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What is the recipe for a successful relationship and how should we teach school children?

22 October 2018

The Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education Association recommend that school children are taught about sex and relationships during their schooling years. Despite...
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News

Research Projects

D-PACT: Dementia - Person Aligned Care Team

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

The Dementia – PACT (D-PACT) programme is a five-year project, funded by a National Institute...
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PenCHORD - Optimising the location of urgent care sites in Cornwall

Theme: PenCHORD

This project aimed to assess the optimal number and location of sites for patients to...
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Research Projects