Partnership Project with China Focuses on Dementia Care

City College Plymouth welcomes a group from a Chinese nursing school next week, for the second part of an innovative project that is looking into dementia diagnosis and care.

The three-year British Council-funded initiative, in partnership with Huzhou University, aims to establish an international hub for dementia research and training near Shanghai. The hub will be a forum for sharing good practice in dementia care within the community, as well as within clinical settings. It will also help to inform policy and practice in China.

The first part of the project was an outbound visit from the UK to China in June 2016. Staff from the College and Plymouth University, were able to use the trip to observe and understand the context of dementia care within China. The fact-finding mission helped to inform the training programme that is being delivered to the Chinese visitors when they arrive on Monday.

The eight students and staff from the nursing school at Huzhou will be in Plymouth for three weeks. Their bespoke programme includes meeting carers, medical practitioners, health and dementia organisations and community groups. As well as training sessions at the College, they will tour research facilities at Plymouth University and visit a memory café. The Chinese team will also host a workshop at the International Dementia Conference, at Plymouth Guildhall on 16 March.

“The UK and China have very different approaches to dementia care,” said City College’s Head of International Development, Jessica Randall. “The UK is patient-centred with an emphasis on living with dementia in the community, whereas the Chinese have a more clinical focus.

“We have put together a rich and diverse programme that will show our visitors the many different ways in which we support people with dementia. We will take them to meet healthcare professionals at Derriford and Mount Gould hospitals, for a session with the community police team at Devonport Police Station and even take them out to the South Hams to show how we deal with dementia in rural settings.

“The development of the international hub for dementia research and training will increase opportunities for both Chinese and UK health care professionals and students. It will enhance curriculum development and have a positive impact on dementia care nationally and internationally.”

To find out more about courses and study opportunities, the College is holding a Course Information Drop-in, on Wednesday 8 March, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, at Kings Road. Please visit cityplym.ac.uk/events or call 01752 305300 for more information.