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MASTERS AND PHD STUDIESRosie Mead's Research

Our Managing Director, Rosanna Mead, is an academic in Sociology. Rosanna’s Master’s Degree in Music Psychology led her to conduct a study on the benefits of live music in acute hospital wards for patients with Dementia, and she is currently finishing a PhD in Sociology at the University of Exeter, conducting an ethnography of agitation in patients with Dementia, how it is manifested, and the role of music in the management of agitation.
Founder and Director Rosanna Mead
Founder and Director Rosanna Mead

Podcast

Rosie hosts a podcast – Harmonising Healthcare with Rosie Mead – which draws on Rosie’s knowledge and expertise of using music in dementia care over the past 10 years, as well as bringing in guests who share their own experiences of living with dementia.

National and International Reports

Our work is underpinned by research, both nationally and internationally.
Below are some current publications that have shaped our work over the last year.
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THE UTLEY FOUNDATIONWhat Would Life Be - Without a Song or a Dance, What Are We?
Whilst dementia and music might seem like a niche topic, the work of the Commission has, for the first time, brought together experts, specialists, and people with dementia to examine the topic holistically.
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTHPrime Minister's Challenge on dementia 2020
This document launches the next phase of the Prime Minister's challenge on dementia. It sets out what this government wants to see in place by 2020 in order for England to be the best country in the world for dementia care.
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Dorset Dementia PartnershipsLiving Well with Dementia in Dorset
This is a collaborative plan developed with a range of stakeholders and is a working document which will continue to evolve as further innovations develop. The aim will be to build further on the dementia strategies both local and national to improve care, treatment and support.

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ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP ON ARTS, HEALTH AND WELLBEINGCreative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing
The Inquiry Report, Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing - Second Edition, presents the findings of two years of research, evidence-gathering and discussions with patients, health and social care professionals, artists and arts administrators, academics, people in local government, ministers, and other policy-makers.
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JOURNAL OF APPLIED ARTS AND HEALTH Arts on Prescription for Older People
Providing evidence of health or well-being outcomes for arts on prescription (AoP) programmes for older people is problematic. This article uses interviews with health, arts and voluntary sector professionals to provide an understanding of the challenges of providing evidence and of sustaining such work. at.
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LONDON ARTS IN HEALTH FORUMStrength in Networks
This report has been written as part of Dementia Connect and builds on Dementia Connect’s belief that: “in making sense of complex artistic interventions and their context-dependent effects, an understanding of different aesthetic, social, cultural, and economic impacts may be relevant.”
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THE RICHMOND GROUP OF CHARITIES Destined to 'Sink or Swim Together'
The report, Destined to ‘sink or swim together’: NHS, social care and public health, shows that funding one service in isolation can’t prop up the others, and if they aren’t all funded appropriately, they risk collapsing altogether.
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THE HEALTH FOUNDATION What Will New Technology Mean for the NHS and its Patients?
It is notoriously difficult to predict how technological advances will interact with health services and the policy landscape to shape the future of health care.

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Sharing and embedding best practice into music and Dementia care is our main agenda, and we take to research and national polity and disseminate at a grass-roots level, making it accessible to our community. We are on the look-out for research and reports into music and Dementia care to share with healthcare professionals, people living with Dementia, family carers, arts facilitators etc. If you have written or have read any relevant research or reports that you think we should share please submit more information.