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Leeds Beckett Dementia research team win prestigious award


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A team from Leeds Beckett University has won Research Team of the Year at the Educate North and UK Leadership Awards – a prestigious and high profile event celebrating best practice and excellence.

Research team of the year award winners collecting their award

The award was presented to the DCM Epic Trial Team, who are conducting a study funded by the NIHR, on whether a tool called Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) can help care home staff to deliver better care to people living with dementia. They were commended by the awards panel for the far reaching social and economic impact of the study, beyond the immediate research findings.

Professor Claire Surr, who leads the team, said: “We are honoured to have won the Research Team of the Year award. The team have worked incredibly hard not only to deliver a complex research study on time, but to successfully engage with local care homes who may not have taken part in research previously and in developing a hub of expertise in care homes’ research in the North.

“As a team we feel fortunate to work on the EPIC trial with a number of excellent partner universities and organisations. We are delighted the judging panel have recognised the contribution this has made to successful delivery of the study and also to delivering wider benefits for the North.”

Vice Chancellor Peter Slee said: “We are very proud that Professor Claire Surr’s team has won the Research Team of the Year category; their work is of national importance.”

The winners attended a ceremony in Manchester where they picked up their award.

Image l-r: Rachael Kelley, Vicki McLellan, Alys Griffiths, Natasha Burnley, Olivia Robinson, Cara Gates, Claire Surr, Emily Shoesmith

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