Record £3.7m research grant to ‘transform’ palliative care for dementia

Researchers in London are aspiring to create a “step-change” in dementia care through an innovative study funded by a record-breaking grant | Nursing Times | The Carer

The largest ever research grant to improve palliative and end of life care for people with dementia and their carers in the UK (£3.7m) has been awarded to researchers at the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department, UCL, and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, Kings College London.

The grant will be used to fund research to help understand the current and future needs for dementia palliative care, how people with dementia move through the health and social care system and develop new ways to deliver these vital services. The research is one of four collaborative projects being funded by the ESRC-NIHR Dementia Research Initiative 2018, which aims to improve the lives of people living with dementia across the UK.

The team’s Empowering Better End of Life Dementia Care Programme (EMBED-Care) will develop new ways of supporting patients with advanced dementia, where they live and receive care. The terminal illness charity, Marie Curie, provides core funding to the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department, UCL, which includes posts dedicated to improving the evidence base for palliative and end of life dementia care. Determining a person’s palliative care needs, then initiating and delivering this care for patients with dementia was one of the research gaps identified by the Palliative and end of life care Priority Setting Partnership with the James Lind Alliance.

Full story: £3.7m Research Grant Set To Improve Care For People With Dementia | The Carer

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