The Environment

Biology Wildlife Zoology

This theme includes the Development of the Dementia Hub project.

Projects

Neighbourhoods and Dementia - Work-programme 4: Neighbourhoods: Our People, Our Places

Project title

Neighbourhoods and Dementia.

Work-programme 4: Neighbourhoods: Our People, Our Places

Theme

Environment

Funder and amount

£4 million awarded by ESRC/NIHR to John Keady (University of Manchester) and the Neighbourhoods and Dementia team

Start and end dates

  • Start date: May 2014
  • End date: May 2019

Project lead name and email contact

Andrew Clark

Email: a.clark@salford.ac.uk

Project team names and institutional affiliation

  • Andrew Clark, School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences, University of Salford
  • Richard Ward (Work Programme Lead), University of Stirling
  • Sarah Campbell (Researcher), University of Manchester
  • John Keady (Principal Investigator), University of Manchester

In total the programme has twenty-seven named co-investigators from 10 organisations.

150 word abstract summarising project

This Work Programme is part of major interdisciplinary research initiative overseen by Prof John Keady (University of Manchester) exploring how neighbourhoods and local communities can support people with dementia to remain socially and physically active. Work Programme 4 will work closely with people with dementia and their carers to find out what their neighbourhood means to them, the different ways it supports them, and what could be changed to make life better. In the first stage of the research are spending time with people with dementia and carers asking them to show us around their neighbourhood and to tell us about the people in their lives who help them out. As part of a longitudinal research design we are revisiting the same people after 6-12 months to talk to them again. The research is being undertaken in three different areas: Forth Valley (Scotland); Greater Manchester (England) and Linköping (Sweden).  The different teams will use the results to develop a series of research-informed interventions that we hope will lead to positive changes at a local level for anyone affected by dementia.

Publications

  • Ward, R, Clark, AJ, Campbell, S, Graham, B, Kullberg, A,   Manji, K, Rummery, K and Keady, J 2017, 'The lived neighbourhood : understanding  how people with dementia engage with their local environment' , International   Psychogeriatrics. (In Press)
  • Keady, J. and the Neighbourhoods and Dementia team (2014):   An Introduction to the ESRC/NIHR ‘Neighbourhoods and Dementia’ mixed methods   study. Journal of Dementia Care, 22(6)

Decision-making among male carers of people with dementia

Project title

Decision-making among male carers of people with dementia

Theme

Environment

Funder and amount

n/a

Start and end dates

n/a

Project lead name and email contact

Andrew Clark

Email: a.clark@salford.ac.uk

Project team names and institutional affiliation

  • Michelle Sampson
  • Andrew Clark

150 word abstract summarising project

This research stemmed from Sampson’s postgraduate work for her MA in Human Rights and Ethics.  It explored autonomy and decision-making in the context of dementia. Data was gathered through interviews with male carers of people with dementia. Results indicate how decision-making is negotiated, undertaken or deferred over a range of temporal scales.

Publications

Sampson, MS and Clark, AJ 2015, ''Deferred or chickened out?' Decision making among male carers of people with dementia' , Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 15 (6) , pp. 1605-1621.

Development of the Dementia Hub

Project title

Co-ordination and development of the Salford Institute of Dementia Hub

Theme

Environment; User Involvement and Service Improvement

Funder and amount

  • £66,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation, £72,000 from the Wolfson Foundation
  • £7,000 from other individual donors
  • £124,000 commitment from the University.
  • The flooring was donated by Polyflor.

Start and end dates

  • Start date: April 2016
  • End date: May 2017

Project lead name and email contact

Project team names and institutional affiliation

  • Anthea Innes, School of Health and Society
  • Monika Sharma, School of the Built Environment

150 word abstract summarising project

  1. The first objective of the project was to create a home like environment to act as a demonstration and development space for the Institute, showcasing the best in dementia friendly design.
  2. The second objective was to create an accessible space for members of the local community to engage meaningfully with the Institute. This objective has also been successful and we have developed a programme of events and activities for members of the local community who may have been affected by dementia.
  3. One of the most important aspects of the project was the development of the dementia friendly garden quadrangle at the hub.
  4. The final objective for the hub was to create a collaborative working environment for academics, early career researchers, PhD students and visiting scholars.

Our objectives have been met in that we now have a space to demonstrate dementia friendly design principles and have hosted several 1-1 visits and two open days since the hub opened in May 2017 to September 2017 with more open days planned in the future. We have hosted a music performance by Music in Hospitals, a reading group by poet John Killick and our regular dementia café from May-Sept 2017 with our good life gardening group making fortnightly use of the dementia friendly garden.

We have hosted various meetings at the Hub, both internal research group meetings (e.g. our science group) international visitors (e.g. from Malaysia) with our early career researchers working in the hot desk space regularly.

Conference presentations

Sharma presented a poster (that won the best poster prize) in May 2017 at the University of Salford Health and Wellbeing ICZ event.

Other dissemination activities

Open days and visits to the hub.

Website links (if applicable)

YouTube

 

The Malta Hospital Project

Project title

The Malta Hospital Project

Theme

  • Primary theme - Environment
  • Secondary theme - User Involvement and Service Improvement

Funder and amount

University of Malta: c. £2,000 year 1

Start and end dates

  • Start date: February 2017
  • End date: February 2020

Project lead name and email contact

Anthea Innes a.innes1@salford.ac.uk

Project team names and institutional affiliation

  • Anthea Innes, School of Health and Society, Salford Institute for Dementia
  • Charles Scerri, School of Pharmacology, University of Malta
  • Anthony Scerri, School of Nursing, University of Malta

150 word abstract summarising project

Although people with dementia occupy a quarter of hospital beds at any time the quality of care provided has been reported to be suboptimal and challenging. Moreover, they often stay longer in hospital during which their symptoms may deteriorate and are more likely to be discharged to a care home, thereby increasing the financial costs on the local health and social care services. As a result, the Maltese National Strategy for Dementia, recommends the need for workforce development across the health and social care services including the acute hospital. However, to date little is known about the learning needs of staff working in this sector in relation to dementia care. Consequently, the aim of the study will seek to address this, by analysing the learning needs of hospital staff and developing best practice guidelines in dementia care for acute hospitals.

Conference presentations

Scerri, A, Scerri C and Innes, A (2017) A systematic review of dementia training programmes in hospitals. Alzheimer Europe, Berlin Oct 17