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Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester
Dementia Carers Count: Professor of Family Care
The Association for Dementia Studies (ADS) is a highly successful research centre that has a diverse portfolio of research, education and knowledge transfer in person-centred dementia care. We would like to appoint an additional professor to provide senior academic leadership in the field of Family Care. This post has arisen out of work that the Association of Dementia Studies has undertaken with Dementia Carers Count (DCC). DCC was formerly named the Royal Surgical Aid Society and is now re-branding to clearly reflect its new mission to support family and friends caring and supporting persons with dementia. In line with the notion that Dementia Carers Count, the organisation is developing a flagship Dementia Carers Centre to provide services to family carers. The Association for Dementia Studies and DCC have worked in partnership since 2012 to develop a service offer to support families caring for a person living with dementia. Both parties have agreed to part fund a professorship to increase research centred on family carers. The DCC Professor of Family Care will focus wholly on the development of a research and knowledge transfer portfolio around family care and dementia. They will provide a high profile role for the charity as the service develops and augment the senior leadership capacity within the Association for Dementia Studies. This new professorial post will benefit from being part of a well-established multi-professional group of educationalists, researchers and practitioners at ADS alongside the strong practice links that the relationship with DCC provides. It is expected that the post-holder will lead on lead on building a strong portfolio of impactful research and evaluation projects with a family focus; work with other members of the research team to develop, undertake and disseminate research, supervise PhD students, and develop relationships and collaborations that advance knowledge in the field. DCC is developing new services focussing on the needs of family carers of people living with dementia which will be a high profile National Resource Centre for Carers of People with Dementia (NRCC). The NRCC will provide 3 inter-related services 1) direct services delivery through the Dementia Carers Centre 2) a research unit to investigate the experiences, needs and outcomes of dementia carers 3) a policy and influencing unit. The DCC Professor of Family Care will be a high calibre academic leader who will work closely with the charity to: · help to shape the NRCC as it develops · develop an active research culture within the Dementia Carers Centre · oversee research arising from the Dementia Carers Centre · apply for research funding utilising the Dementia Carers Centre as a research active centre. Being linked to the Dementia Carers Centre will enable the post-holder to develop research around the benefits of participating in an intensive course early in the post-diagnostic phase to empower carers to plan ahead; evaluate different models of psycho-social interventions for different groups of carers; to understand the mode of delivery that fits best with the diverse range of people who find themselves in a caring role. The successful post holder will be an experienced researcher and bring evidence of research activity and delivery in the field of dementia care and support. They will have a track record in successful grant applications, income generation and publications. The post holder will be required to have a proven track record of partnership working with a range of health, social care or housing providers in improving the quality of person centred dementia care practice.
Location: Worcester UK
Salary: £66,017 to £78,828 a year
Deadline: 05 July 2018
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