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NIHR CLAHRC Wessex update

Dementia Care Doctoral Programme

Three new dementia research fellows will start at CLAHRC Wessex early next year. Wessex has won one of four additional grants from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) to fund three posts working across two areas – fundamental hospital care and improving dementia care. The posts will share their work between academic and clinical settings, operating with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. Their PhDs will examine: compassionate care, support strategies for carers with maintaining nutrition, and the links between different aspects of patient care.

It’s an exciting prospect for our research efforts and a recognition that, while treatment and prevention for dementia have been well served, little data exists surrounding the practicalities of care for the condition.

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