Shared Care KTP

Knowledge Transfer Partnership, or KTP, is a graduate scheme funded by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), allowing graduates to gain employment as ‘project managers’ of an applied research or consultation project. They are set up in direct response to business need. BU’s Christopher Poyner describes his experiences.

“During my KTP I provided consultation into the design of an innovative model of dementia care environment: ‘Shared Care’. The aim of Shared Care is to offer an alternative lifestyle choice to people living with dementia. At present options for people, needing support living with dementia are limited to in home care packages, outsourced respite and long term care home placement.

“Brendoncare sought the expertise at Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) to ensure the built and psycho-social environments, methods of care delivery and technologies implemented within Shared Care were ‘dementia friendly’ and to ensure the voice of people living with dementia has an input to the design of services. This was achieved through consultation with people with dementia, family carers and formal care staff.

“Before KTP I was just another graduate. Now I have professional academic experience, I have completed a challenging and intensive project within dementia studies; met peers and discussed my work at an international conference and have become a valued member of BUDI; a team committed to improving the lives of people with dementia. KTP has confirmed, reinforced and enabled me to start an academic career in dementia research.”

To find out more about BUDI click here.