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NEWS significant effect week- on week to the wellbeing and quality of life of people with dementia....

Significant findings of p=.001 and a 42% overall wellbeing increase in people who have dementia attending a Reminiscence Arts intervention for 24 weeks.

Initial findings and qualitative evaluation of the arts practice can be read in the interim report by Royal Holloway University London, the independent researchers for RADIQL:

/data/dynamic/spaw/documents/RADIQL RHUL final report(2).pdf

Belinda set- up and is project managing a Guy's & St Thomas Charity research funded project for Age Exchange- the leading reminiscence centre working with older people. She is using the RHUL research, her own positive psychology and wellbeing expertise, 30 years of Age Exchanges clinical work, to create a cutting edge, evidenced- based intervention and training to enable the improvements and maintenance of wellbeing for people with dementia.

She is currently collaborating with Simetrica to design a QALY that provides ` treasury compliant monetary values for the intervention. She has used a combination of Dementia Care Mapping, EQ5D and ONS questionnaires. She is also designing the health and pedagogic framework, managing the product and business development for the intervention and staff training. having successfully attracted £40,000 from ACE, D'Oyly Carte and Wandsworth council, she is delivering RADIQL in a Wandsworth care home with Trinity Laban dancers to create a outward facing product of RADIQL; a dance performance that brings the research to life, film and original soundscape/ music.

Reminiscence Arts and Dementia – Impact on Quality of Life (RADIQL), is a three year programme created by Age Exchange. The programme aims to provide a model of excellence in the provision of person-centred creative care for older people in South London. It seeks to improve the quality of life and wellbeing for the older people who participate in the programme, specifically those with dementia.

The initiative has been funded with a grant of £600,000 from Guy's and St Thomas' Charity in line with their ambitions to support innovation in health which will improve the health and wellbeing of the population of the two London Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, but which may influence changes in policy and practice more widely.


  • 12 care homes in Lambeth & Southwark, private, NHS, faith
  • 2 community drop- in centres, Alzheimer's Cafes
  • Training for all care staff, bespoke, mentoring and mapped to social care cert and NVQ L2, 3
  • Training & clinical supervision for artist practitioners
  • Employing 15 artist practitioners
  • Collaborating with 4 researchers from Royal Holloway University London (Prof. Helen Nicholson & Dr Frank Keating PI)
  • Collaborating and working with a Cost Benefit Analysis specialist (Dr D Fujiwara)
  • Working with specialist gerontology s nurses & Psychologists from GSTF, SLAM & Barking NHS
  • 24 weekly sessions in each care home
  • 190 individual 1-1 sessions at bedside
  • over 300 individuals in care homes
  • over 120 trained staff
  • 22 trained artist practitioners
  • 4 day- training events
  • 4 public conferences and 1 at The prestigious Kings Fund
  • Presentations & talks (cultural commissioning, Prague, IdeasLAb Belfast)
  • Part of Stirling University Dementia Centre's cutting edge IdeasLab 2015



November 4/ 5th International Dementia Conference, UK, Presenting a RADIQL approach to social health care

September 30th for Skills For Care, Bringing to Life Meaningful Engagement

July APPG at the House of Commons putting forward the argument for Arts and Dementia

June 8th as apart of LAHF Wellbeing and Creativity Week 105

February, Kings Fund, UK, conference management to launch interim findings

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