Improving Wellbeing and Health for People with Dementia

WHELD was a 5-year study aimed to develop and evaluate a training programme for care for care home staff, based on person-centred care and a range of non-drug approaches such as social interaction. WHELD included focus groups with staff at different stages of the research process that helped us to understand how pressures and interpersonal relationships contributed to variations in effectiveness across the homes. This helped us build a picture of how training could produce change in these different settings.

The qualitative data generated six publications and informed a series of workshops that promoted the sustained use of the WHELD intervention. WHELD was chosen as an example of good practice at the Making the Case for Social Sciences event held at the House of Commons.