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Worcester University  Thu, 21 Jan 2016 at 09:00 MEETING CENTRE SUPPORT PROGRAMME WORKSHOP 


Do you want to find out about the Meeting Centre Support Programme? Would you like to create a Meeting Centre in your community?

The first Meeting Centre has opened in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire and we are planning another to open in Herefordshire (Leominster) next month.  Meeting Centres have already attracted a great deal of interest from different parts of the UK. We believe they could be a good practical application for DAAs who want to make a difference within their community. As part of the research project we have funding to run a small number of workshops between January and April 2016 for people who want to know more about the Programme and who may be interested in setting up a Meeting Centre in their community.  At this stage places can be booked for the following 

•        21st January 2016 at the University of Worcester -

•        25th February 2016 at the University of Northampton

•     16th March 2016 in Hereford



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The Association for Dementia Studies

Changing Hearts and Minds in Dementia Care

Led by Professor Dawn Brooker, the Association for Dementia Studies is a multi-professional University research centre. 

We make a cutting edge contribution to developing evidence-based practical ways of working with people living with dementia, their families, friends and carers that enable them to live well.

About our research

Our research activities range from small scale evaluations of dementia care services and environments to major research programmes funded by UK research councils and the European Union. We work with individual organisations at the local level as well as in collaboration with multiple partners from around the world.

We carry out research in many different settings, such as care homes, acute hospitals, extra care housing, schools and social care. We are experienced in using a wide range of traditional and innovative research methods including surveys, interviews, focus groups, evidence synthesis and consensus development techniques.

Developing evidence to improve services and inform policy

Our experienced multi-disciplinary team can provide a range of research, evaluation and consultancy services to meet your specific requirements.

Areas of expertise include:

• Person-centred Environments, Design and Technology      Person-centred - my work here

• Creativity, Sports and Nature

• Dementia Friendly Communities

• Housing and Dementia

• Complex Care Services

We are also an Alzheimer’s Society Doctoral Training Centre for the Arts and Dementia. This initiative, called TAnDem, is a partnership between the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester and the Centre for Dementia, University of Nottingham.

Some examples of current and completed research project are listed and more information can be found on our website at:

If you think that we can help please contact us by emailing

01905 542531

Quote code ADS1115

The Association for Dementia Studies

Here are some examples from our portfolio of

completed and ongoing research projects.

• MeetingDem – implementing and evaluating the Meeting Centres support programme for people with dementia and their carers across three European countries;

• Admiral Nurse roles in Care Homes - An evaluation of the impact of their roles.

• Focussed Intervention Training for Staff (FITS) - enabling care home staff to deliver effective person-centred care for people with dementia and to reduce the prescribing of antipsychotics;

• Adult Social Services Environments and Settings (ASSET) – exploring the delivery of social care in housing with care settings;

Developing best practice for the use of iPads to support people with dementia living in care homes;    (((((((((( see Evaluating the effectiveness of touchscreen technology for older adults and adults with dementia     -   under red line below )))))))))

• The EU ALCOVE Project – improving timely diagnosis and access to early interventions;

• Creativity and Dementia – evaluating a pilot of the My Musical Memories Reminiscence Programme;

• At Home with Dementia – the development of a new service model designed to support carers and families of people living with dementia at home; 

• PANICOA Care Home study - an in depth examination of care in care home settings;

• Evaluations of the Dementia Adviser Service and the Early Intervention Dementia Service in Worcestershire.

Further information about these and other research projects can be found at


Save the Date: 21 April 2016

Scientific and applied perspectives on bereavement:

Ways to bridge the gap

1.00pm – 4.30pm, University of Worcester

Professor Margaret Stroebe and Dr Henk Schut (Utrecht University, the Netherlands)

Professor Stroebe and Dr Schut developed the Dual Process Model of coping with bereavement. The Duel process model for coping in bereavement recognises the difficulties of denial and letting go, and addresses them by creating a dynamic process that encourages the bereaved to oscillate between different emotions. The oscillation is between loss-oriented emotional states and restoration-oriented tasks of everyday life activities. This is seen as a perfect balance for grieving and moving on with life at the same time. All that is needed is to find time to engage with both sides. The seminar will discuss and give guidance on the best way to deal with these issues.

The Duel Process Model of Coping with Bereavement - Stroebe & Schut (Death Studies 1999)

Since developing this model the authors have made further progress in their understanding of grief and bereavement and would like to share this knowledge with people who support those going through the bereavement process.

Target audience Anyone working with people who have suffered bereavement.

Seminar Fee £60 Booking deadline 21st February 2016


Please contact Esther Dobson (Study Day, Conference & Events Coordinator)

Tel: 01905 542711


St Richard's Hospice

Wildwood Drive, Worcester WR5 2QT

Everyday life experience


Grief work

Intrusion of grief

Relinquishing-continuing-relocating bonds/ties

Denial/avoidance of restoration changes


Attending to life changes

Doing new things

Distraction from grief

Denial/avoidance of grief

New roles/identities/relationships/oscillation


BPS Research Seminar Series

Beyond Boundaries:

Exploring Psychologies of Ageing

Research Seminar 3

‘Ageing in Place:

Independence and communities’

10 February 2016

Keele Hall

Keele University

Many older people have lived in their neighbourhoods for a large part of their lives and developed various social relationships with their neighbours. However, they often report being excluded from organizations and institutions in their own neighbourhoods, and not having the opportunity to become involved in social and civic activities. In addition, a significant minority report limited social contact with others and feelings of loneliness and social isolation. Despite reporting many challenges living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods older residents also often report a strong attachment to them. This confirms that older people’s sense of self is strongly rooted in place and may be of greater importance in times of economic uncertainty. However, this attraction to their neighbourhood has been challenged by the absence or loss of facilities and by the dispersal of family members. It is also often hampered by the stigmatisation of the residents by officialdom, which contributes to the residents’ reluctance to engage in social activities outside their immediate neighbourhood, further enhancing their social exclusion. This seminar will explore ways of understanding ageing in place and ways of enhancing community participation among older people.

Place making with older people:

building partnerships to achieve meaningful affordable housing

Judith Sixsmith

Northampton University

Psychological approaches to ageing positively

Guy Robertson

Positive Ageing Associates

Auto-mobility, community connections

and independence in later life

Charles Musselwhite

Swansea University

Building an Age-Friendly City

Paul McGarry

Manchester City Council

For further information contact

Katie Wright-Bevans

Andrea Boardman


Michael Murray


Consultancy - Working with you to improve your services - a pdf - to request


Mental Capacity Act 2005 & DoLS:

A 3 day workshop facilitating enhanced knowledge and practice    - ditto


Book Launch

Person-Centred Dementia Care;

Making services better with the VIPS framework

You are invited to the launch of the substantially updated second edition of this well-known text.

The authors, Professor Dawn Brooker and Isabelle Latham from the Association for Dementia Studies and special guests will discuss the developments in dementia care contained in this revised edition and the application of person-centred care and the VIPS framework in practice

This event is a great opportunity to meet others in the dementia care field, hear about this exciting new book and how its ideas have been used to improve the lives of people living with dementia.

Event attendees will be able to purchase copies of the book at a discounted price

Monday 22nd February 2016


Refreshments available from 4.15pm

(kindly provided by Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

University of Worcester Arena,

Hylton Road, Worcester, WR2 5JN



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Worcester University seminars - dates below 

      draft pages: 

      Spirituality and palliative care here  

      Making sense of resilience in palliative care  here

Health Care Undergraduate courses - University of Worcester -  here

Postgraduate courses here

To education -  consumers  here

To education  - providers here  

Worcester University seminars

Evaluating the effectiveness of touchscreen technology for older adults and adults with dementia  

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Time: 1.00pm

Venue: EE 1104

Presenter: Dr. Tim Jones  - more and contact here


International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction, 5(3), 62-76, July-September 2013 - An Evaluation of Older Adults Use of iPads in Eleven UK Care-Homes. 

Palliative Care Centre

20 February 2014
(13.30 – 15.30)
Dignity at the end of lifeProfessor Wilf McSherry
Seminar Room,
St Richard’s Hospice
7 May 2014
(13.30 – 15.30)
Making sense of resilience in palliative careAssociate Professor David Oliviere
Room EE 1061
St John’s Campus, University of Worcester
3 July 2014
(13.30 – 16.00)
Involving Bereaved Relatives in End of Life Research: the Participants’ VoiceComplimentary therapies and patient Well-beingDr Jacqueline Crowther Deborah CookRoom EE 2035,
St John’s Campus, University of Worcester

To book a place please contact Joanne Fleet, Study Day, Conference & Events Co-ordinator on / 01905 85 5147.

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