The partnership, launched this month with the national and international centre of excellence in dementia studies based at the University of Worcester, will support RCH Care Homes to deliver By Your Side – ensuring it is unpinned by evidence-based research and expert dementia care knowledge.
The strategy, which is founded on four key pillars; training, environment, activities and hospitality, will be rolled out and embedded in the business’ ten care homes across the east and south east of England during 2019.
During the first six months of the year, the team at ADS – led by world-renowned Professor Dawn Brooker, will deliver a number of tailored training sessions to RCH’s senior leadership team, all care home managers and 24 dementia specialists who are specially selected care home staff from across the provider’s homes.
Announcing the partnership, Stephen Rees, Chief Operating Officer for RCH said linking with an academic institution will support RCH to ensure its residents received truly person-centred care which is based on cutting-edge research and sector-leading expertise.
“At RCH we are dedicated to creating homes which enable our residents to wake up in the morning looking forward to the day ahead, and go to bed at night feeling happy, loved and contented having had a great day.
“Dawn and her team have an excellent reputation for developing cutting-edge training, education and research in dementia studies – making life better and more enjoyable for people living with dementia.
“As we share the same ethos at RCH I’m really excited about the future and what we can all achieve together for the benefit of our residents, their loved ones and our team.”
Professor Brooker added: “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to undertake this work with RCH Care Homes.
“Person-centred care requires sign-up to working in this way across the whole care provider organisation if it is to be sustained over any length of time. The practice development programme that we are working on here supports leadership at all levels. It will enable all staff to provide the best quality care for people living with dementia.”