The award was on the back of coming up with a project to benefit the elderly that will form the research part of the course. I've been playing with an idea that I've wanted to explore further for some time now. Until this came up I didn't quite know how I was going to do that.
In the main, medication isn't really effective in reducing agitation, aggression and distress in people with advanced dementia without causing more problems than it solves. What does the trick is getting the physical and social environment just right for the particular individual involved. I want to see if it's possible to assess how a person with dementia is under or over stimulated by sensory input from the world around them and explore ways in which balance might be restored. My hunch is that if you can achieve this there could be a significant increase in overall well-being for this group of people who no longer have the wherewithal to take control themselves. I would love it if I could come up with something truly groundbreaking that has the potential to make a real difference. Not a bad dream eh?
So, this means my move out of NHS employment in 2015 will now be delayed for at least a year. But hey! Sometimes in any area of our lives, unexpected opportunities come up that are just too good to miss. What seem like the best laid plans of mice or men (squeak!) then have to be brushed aside. This is one of those cases where it would be churlish not to change tack for at least a while.