Care home operators are being invited to give their views on the eWHELD programme in an online survey.
The eWHELD programme has been designed specifically to aid staff in care homes with understanding, supporting and interacting with people living with dementia.
eWHELD is the blended digital version of the Improving Wellbeing and Health for People with Dementia (WHELD) programme, a collaboration between the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Exeter and Kings College London. Involving more than 1,000 participants, it is the largest programme ever conducted with people living with dementia in care homes.
Joanne McDermid of the University of Exeter and King’s college London, is one of the lead researchers on eWHELD, alongside Professor Clive Ballard. She said, 'We’ve already run a successful pilot of this online staff training, which we believe can provide a solid evidence-based approach to upskilling staff in a convenient and flexible way, allowing managers to set training goals and measure progress, and access personalised support from the eWHELD dementia care team to embed learning into practice. It’s really important for us to hear from care home providers to help shape this new offering. We’re not trying to sell the learning solution, we simply want to gain views via a ten minute survey.'
Before eWHELD is made available to care homes, the University of Exeter is looking for care homes to participate in a quick survey to help inform this programme.
The WHELD programme is currently shortlisted as STEM research project of the year in the Times Higher Education awards. WHELD builds on previous research into the impact of person-centred care, the WHELD programme is the first to show benefits to quality of life for people living with dementia in care homes. Trials demonstrated that WHELD improved quality of life and reduced agitation and aggression in people with dementia, while an economic impact analysis showed that the programme also saves money compared to standard care.
This work is being supported by White Space Strategy, an Oxford-based strategy consultancy firm with a long history of supporting the health sector.