Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK.
Did you know… around 6.5 million people in the UK are carers, looking after a parent, partner, child or friend.
Building on the advances made by the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge Group for Air Transport, in 2017, the OCS Foundation partnered with University of Plymouth to invest in social research focused on the service industry, to identify the needs versus perception of preparedness for supporting people with dementia, their families and carers in the service industry - and where there is a requirement for specific sector focus.
The findings will inform a series of interventions, such as changes in policy and practice, and the introduction of targeted training to ensure individuals with dementia and their carers do not experience social disadvantage because their needs not being adequately met by the service industry.
About the University of Plymouth
The University of Plymouth is renowned for high quality, internationally-leading education, research and innovation.
With a mission to Advance Knowledge and Transform Lives, Plymouth is a *top 50 research university with clusters of world class research across a wide range of disciplines including marine science and engineering, medicine, robotics and psychology. A twice winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education, the University of Plymouth continues to grow in stature and reputation.
It has a strong track record for teaching and learning excellence, and has one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university. With 21,000 students, and a further 17,000 studying for a Plymouth degree at partner institutions in the UK and around the world, and over 100,000 alumni pursuing their chosen careers globally, it has a growing global presence.
*Research Fortnight Research Power League Table 2014.