Recognition for university’s mental health and dementia initiatives
Two University of Cumbria health initiatives are in the running for prestigious education awards.
A dementia symposium and the university’s Festival of Mental Health are finalists in the Educate North 2020 Awards.
The initiatives aim to strengthen students’ knowledge and expertise as well as improve standards and effectiveness of patient care. They are organised by academics and staff within the nursing team of the university’s Institute of Health.
Shortlisted in the student experience category, the dementia symposium was developed in 2015 by the university, student ambassadors and local dementia care experts.
With a range of speakers, activities and experiences for students, it provides a level of specialised dementia training above what is expected for those on nursing degrees.
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Meanwhile the Festival of Mental Health, which coincides with World Mental Health Day every October, has been shortlisted in the community engagement (university sector) category.