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Research Nurses hold national dementia research conference

Posted on the 7th July 2015

A team of research nurses from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust hosted a national dementia research nurse conference in London on Monday 6 July

The conference was held at the Department of Health building at Whitehall and the theme of the day is ‘Person Centred Dementia Research.’

The research nursing team, a partnership between the two Trusts, was chosen to host this event after winning a Nursing Times Award in October. They were crowned winners of the inaugural ‘Clinical Research Nursing’ category for care and compassion they show to research patients.

The team has been involved in dementia research for the last seven years, our reputation has been recognised internationally and there are currently a number of drug trials running at Royal Preston Hospital.

Karen Palmer, Clinical Research Nurse Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are delighted to be hosting the event to be hosting the event. It provides an opportunity to showcase the great work that the team has done, and plans for the future, as well as demonstrating the effectiveness of the partnership working between the two trusts and other organisations. Dementia is a key priority for the government and research is integral to finding new, viable developments that can help with the treatment of this illness. We hope our research can be utilised by our peers and it will be a great opportunity to share knowledge and skills on a national scale.”

Nichola Verstraelen, Lead Dementia Research Nurse at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are extremely proud and excited to be organising this event as it is a unique opportunity for the national dementia research community to learn from each other. Our nurses and other members of the team work on an individual basis with people who have dementia alongside their family members. We are so passionate about getting the research experience right for them – we hope that other researchers from across the country can reflect on this ethos in order to enhance their patients’ research experience.”

The conference has been organised by the team, with support and funding from the Department of Health. The conference will include speeches from various people who are involved in dementia research, including members of the research nursing team. The audience will also hear from a lady who has early onset Alzheimer’s disease and a man who is a carer for his wife who has dementia. Both have been involved in research studies and are keen champions for the ‘Join Dementia Research’ campaign that encourages people to sign up to register their interest in research. Find out more about the campaign here

If you would like to speak to one of our research nurses please call 01772 528225.