Awareness campaigns

Organising and running an awareness week
Dementia research gives individuals the opportunity to take part in new trials, learn about the condition and contribute to the development of treatment pathways and the care of future people with dementia. Raising awareness of such research is imperative for this progress to continue. Realising this, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust set up an innovative way to prioritise promoting dementia research in hospitals – a Join Dementia Research Awareness Week.
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Tailoring local initiative with partner organisations
The appointment of a Dementia Challenge Project Manager in the Clinical Research Network (CRN) East Midlands gave rise to the generation of an increased awareness of research, both amongst regional partner organisations and with the general public. As a result, the CRN East Midlands has supported a variety of dementia research awareness campaigns, promoting Join Dementia Research across the region. Having a chain of collaborative relationships has also allowed the network to work closely with other organisations such as Alzheimer’s Society’s and the University of Nottingham.
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Championing research

Integrating Research Champions within a Trust
In recent years, Tees, Esk & Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust has developed a number of initiatives to increase research opportunities for their staff and their patients, particularly in the field of older people’s mental health. One such initiative is the creation of Dementia Research Champions, members of the team in each of the Trust’s memory clinics. Their role is to inform their colleagues of new local research studies, to recruit their own patients and to encourage other staff to raise the topic of research in the clinic.
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