Time for Dementia

Our Trust has been supporting Time for Dementia - an educational programme designed to improve student knowledge, attitude and empathy towards people with dementia and their carers

In 2014 Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust was asked by Professor Sube Banerjee, Director of the Centre for Dementia Studies at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, to support a two year educational programme designed to improve student knowledge, attitude and empathy towards people with dementia and their carers.

The programme, called Time for Dementia, recognised that medical courses focus on acute episodes of illness rather than understanding how long term and chronic conditions affect patients. Through exposure to families affected by dementia, students were able to gain an insight into what it is like to have an illness that isn’t treated in a single episode and to understand the practicalities of living with dementia and the role carers play.

The Trust’s Older Adults Consultant Psychiatrist and Research and Development Medical Lead, Dr Ramin Nilforooshan, was approached to be a member on the steering board.

Over a period of seven months, Surrey and Borders Partnership referred 281 families to Time for Dementia - with approximately 200 agreeing to participate. Overall, the Time for Dementia project demonstrated that long term exposure to patients positively influenced the way students dealt with those living with long term conditions.

Time for Dementia from Sarah West on Vimeo.