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    Recognition for university’s mental health and dementia initiatives

    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.

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    “Members of our communities who live with mental health problems  or those living with dementia  deserve the highest quality of care from knowledgeable and evidence based practitioners.”

    Steven McCarthy-Grunwald, the university’s mental health nursing lead, said: “The importance of promoting positive mental health is embedded in the ethos of the nursing programme.

    “As such, we are both pleased and proud to have been shortlisted for the award as recognition for the work which has gone into developing this project.”

    The Educate North Awards celebrate, recognise and share best practice and excellence in the education section in northern England. Winners will be announced on 23 April.