Time for Dementia study

Time for Dementia (TFD) is a programme to develop, deliver and evaluate an innovative educational initiative, a longitudinal clerkship (LC), which is a model of clinical education in dementia to provide continuity of learning experience through on-going longitudinal patient contact.

In TFD, we seek to use a longitudinal clerkship to help students to develop an understanding of the emerging challenges presented by the ageing population, multi-morbidity and long-term conditions using dementia as an exemplar condition. Dementia causes irreversible decline in global intellectual, social and physical functioning.

Over 800,000 people in the UK have dementia and improving the care of people with dementia and their family carers is a national priority.

TFD has been incorporated into the curricula for healthcare students from Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Greenwich. Students will visit an assigned patient and family every three-four months for 24 months.

Who can we include?

All patients interested in the TFD programme will have a diagnosis of dementia (e.g. AD, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia) and will have a personal consultee (family carer or friend) available.

Who do we need to exclude?

Anybody who lives alone or resides in a care home.

What is involved for the patients?

To be contacted and visited by the Alzheimers Society to discuss the project further.

For further information please contact:

Jamie Harper
Email: jamie.harper@nhs.net
Tel: 07500 032847

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