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Bradford Dementia Group gets £60,000 boost
A group specialising in dementia work at Bradford University has been awarded more than £60,000 to continue its studies.
The Bradford Dementia Group has been given the cash by the Department of Health to support the delivery and development of a postgraduate course for practitioners with a special interest in dementia.
The group successfully submitted a bid for funding from the DfH which says it is particularly keen to award funding to projects that focus on areas of dementia workforce development which had previously not been funded and identified as national priorities.
The funding will support the tuition fees for 15 students on the postgraduate course for the next academic year.
It will also pay for an evaluation of the impact of the services students provide for patients and their families.
The new programme run by Bradford Dementia Group addresses Government priorities for early diagnosis and support for people with dementia.
It is aimed at students from a variety of clinical backgrounds working in healthcare settings, where diagnostic services and ongoing support for people with dementia care are currently or are planned to be provided. The course will enable them to develop skills in assessment, diagnosis and support for people with dementia and their carers.
GPs, practice nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse consultants and staff working in memory assessment services from three clinical commissioning groups are among those who will benefit from the new programme.
Dr Sarah Smith, programme leader for the postgraduate certificate for practitioners with a special interest in dementia, said: “We are delighted to have been successful with this bid and to be working with the Department of Health and Clinical Commissioning Groups on this prestigious project.
“We hope that we can continue to develop this programme.”
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