The purpose of this paper is to understand how dementia is represented within current UK Recovery College courses and how people with dementia are involved with such courses.
A scoping survey was developed with seven multiple choice questions. Information was collected to find out: How many Colleges are currently offering dementia courses; have previously offered courses or plan to start offering courses; how they have developed their courses; who delivers them; who can attend; and how long courses have been running. Individual Recovery Colleges could leave contact details if they were interested in collaborating on future research projects. UK Recovery Colleges were identified using a published list (Anfossi, 2017) supplemented with internet searching. 86 e-mail messages were sent to Recovery Colleges inviting Leads/Managers to complete the survey through an electronic link.
Of the 28 (32.6 per cent) Recovery Colleges who completed the survey, 11 reported to be currently offering dementia courses, while eight planned to start doing so. Six Recovery Colleges stated they were not currently offering dementia courses, have not done so previously and have no current plans to.
The survey results indicate variability in provision of UK Recovery College courses for people with dementia, and raise further questions about the way the courses are used, their acceptability and usefulness.
This service evaluation highlights the variability in what is offered, which is an important step in understanding the current service provision.
The authors would like to thank Justine Brown from the NSFT Recovery College for feedback on the scoping survey and all the UK Recovery College Leads/Managers who completed the scoping survey as part of this project. The authors would also like to thank staff at the Frank Curtis library for their support in searching and accessing the literature. The authors declare that there were no external sources of funding for this project.
Lowen, C., Birt, L. and West, J. (2019), "Recovery colleges and dementia courses – a scoping survey", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 23 No. 4, pp. 166-172. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHSI-08-2019-0024Download as .RIS
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