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Do you want to recruit patients for clinical research from General Practices and other community settings?

Send an email the Primary Care Steering Group c/o Martin Welch (martin.welch@nihr.ac.uk) re ‘primary care recruitment’ and you will be added to their email distribution list to receive newsletters, regular updates and invitations to our networking events. For more information click here


Recruiting dementia experts by experience

The national programme that supports people with lived experience of using health and care services contribute to the work of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is seeking to recruit people with dementia and their carers.  These roles are to accompany CQC inspectors and talk to people and family carers about their experiences of using health or care services.

For further information about the programme from the CQC please see http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/involving-people-who-use-services, check out our website at http://www.katemercer-training.com/experts-by-experience/ or please click here. To apply please click here for the pen profile.


Dementia Practice Development Coach (DPDC)

Commencing autumn 2016 (subject to approval) the University of Worcester will be running the first course to train professionals to become a Dementia Practice Development Coach (DPDC). This role is key to delivering the FITS (Focused Intervention Training and Support) programme which is a proven way of reducing anti-psychotic use through effectively delivering psycho-social interventions (see paper: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13607863.2015.1063102). 


The proposed DPDC Course will equip participants to deliver setting up, the teaching and supervision elements of the FITS into Practice programme on an ongoing basis.  Course participants must have a significant level of seniority, experience and work in a role enabling them to deliver the FITS into Practice programme (eg Dementia Leads/Practice Development for Care Providers: Independent Trainers & Consultants: In-reach and Care home liaison/admiral nurses with responsibility for Care Home complex care programmes).  

The DPDC Course will prepare course participants to:

  • Deliver the training and support components of the FITS into Practice programme within care homes and supported housing provider organisations  
  • Apply the structured recruitment process for participation, to ensure successful implementation
  • Understand common barriers and facilitators of implementation and how to work with these to maximise success. 


The course will take place over 12 months to enable participants to deliver a FITS into Practice course under supervision. It will be taught at a level 7, 40 credits (post graduate) and take a blended learning approach, including 9 days face to face teaching at Worcester over the year. However, the majority of the learning will be work based with support from the tutors.  Participants will deliver at least 1 full FITS into Practice programme and be assessed on this as part of the course.

The course can be taken on its own, or as a starting point to an MSc in Advancing Practice. The cost will be approximately £1,200 per participant covering all tuition and materials. This is a double university accredited module course hence the cost. However, successful completion of the course means that participants can run as many Dementia Care Coaching courses as they like. This provides potential for significant return on this initial investment.

The Alzheimer’s Society funded the Association for Dementia Studies to scale up The FITS programme. This work involved many researchers over the years from the original research conducted at King’s College London, in association with Oxford University, University of Newcastle and Oxford Health NHS Trust. Copyright of the original FITS manual is held by Dr Jane Fossey (Oxford Health NHS Trust) and Dr Ian James (University of Newcastle). 

The course will only run if we attract sufficient good quality candidates. Please let us know if you are interested asap, or if you would like to discuss this further (see contact information below). This first cohort could shape dementia care significantly in the future to deliver solid evidence based practice. 

Professor Dawn Brooker PhD CPsychol (clin) AFBPsSDirector of the Association for Dementia StudiesUniversity of Worcester, Henwick Grove, WorcesterWR2 6AJE-MAIL: d.brooker@worc.ac.ukTel: 01905 855250


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