In 2015, RICE launched the DementiaPlus Appeal which aims to raise a minimum £1.2m by 2019. The RICE Centre will be developed into The South West Centre of Excellence to provide the best research, diagnosis, treatment and support to people with dementia such as Alzheimer's disease.
December 2015 - December 2019
Charity information: RICE - The Research Institute For The Care Of Older People (Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease research and support)
The RICE Centre was built in 2008 and designed with the evolutionary concept of future-proofing the facilities to enable organisational growth to help more people with dementia. As the number of people with dementia in the UK is set to rise to over 1 million by 2025 and with this, the current and noticeable demand and subsequent strain on our services; we must act now to develop RICE's building into a Centre of Excellence to further research, diagnosis, treatment and support ambitions.
The second floor will be developed, making way on the first floor for additional research and treatment facilities providing: 3 x senior clinical researchers (in collaboration with the University of Bristol and the RUH), 4 x research/patient consultation rooms, 1 x clinical research and quality administration room, 1 x research psychology room, 1 x patient examination room, patient waiting room, The Research Library, 2 x research study pods, medical equipment and dementia friendly art.
To help find new treatments and ultimately a cure for dementia
Activities» Provide further research, treatment, diagnosis and support facilities to increase academic and clinical research
» Increase and develop partnerships with pharmaceutical companies, universities, charities, health sector and government bodies.
» Provide three senior clinical researchers in collaboration with the University of Bristol and the Royal United Hospital (RUH), Bath.
» To support patients, their families and carers to help people live well with dementia
Monitor and evaluate all research study outcomes through mid-point and end of project reviews. Work in collaboration to publish results, findings and share expertise.
To reduce patient waiting times for quicker diagnosis and treatment.
Activities» Increase treatment, diagnosis, and support facilities increase room availability and service efficiency to accommodate more patients
» Through increased room availability patients will be seen sooner, resulting is quicker diagnosis, treatment and supported to return home.
Monitor and evaluate patient numbers, before during and after the appeal. Collect feedback from people with dementia, their families and carers.
Help to reduce time spent in hospital and admissions to care homes.
Activities» Increased facilities will accommodate more patient visits, reduce waiting times, diagnosis and treat patients to reduce/manage symptoms of disease
» Patients and their families will be helped through RICE's support services and therapy courses to live well in their own homes.
» Increased regular visits will help manage patients' health to help reduce stress, depression, anxiety and the isolation of living at home
Monitor and evaluate patients' stress, agitation, disorientation, aggression and isolation during patient visits, psychology tests, carer feedback and working with the RUH.
Increase regular participation in research studies
Activities» Increase in research facilities will enable RICE to accept more research studies and accommodate more participants
Monitor and evaluate patient participation numbers, before, during and after appeal. Evaluate findings of research studies.
Increase academic and clinical research
Activities» Providing new, dedicated research space will enable researchers to accept and deliver more research studies
» Provide three senior clinical researchers
Monitor and evaluate all research outcomes through mid-point and end of study reviews. Work in collaboration, share expertise and publish results.
Ultimately to help find a cure and to improve immediate and long-term health outcomes.
Improve the quality of life of older people, their families and carers.
Be a leader of innovation in dementia research, treatment, care and support.
Improve diagnosis and treatment.
Help to decrease rates of admission to hospitals and care homes.
Brexit- uncertainty around charitable giving during a turbulent economic climate. Therefore encouraging multi-year pledges to help reduce risk.
The RICE Centre's location can be confusing, as the charity is located in Bath. Support services are available to people across the South West and research findings have international significance. In March 2017, we began a new 5-year Fundraising and Communications strategy to reach more beneficiaries and supporters.
We strongly believe in working in partnerships with our supporters to gain further expertise to improve our projects. We provide report schedules which detail bi-annual and end of project report deadlines. We also welcome and encourage meetings, conversations and attendance at our charity events.
Budget - Project Cost: £1,205,502Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £252,931 Second floor Building and development to the Research Study, Charity and Support Services floor £50,000 IT Streamline IT and database upgrade £640,071 Development and research fund 3 x senior researchers, research patient costs, scans, patient travel, nurses and psychiatrists time £147,500 Management Management, project monitoring, reporting, evaluation and fundraising £70,000 Medical equipment Medical equipment £30,000 First floor Development to Research and Patient Consultation floor £15,000 Art and design Dementia Friendly art and design
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Trust £150,000 Guaranteed Trust £100,000 Guaranteed Trust £50,000 Guaranteed Trust £4,700 Guaranteed Other £100,000 Guaranteed
Based in our own purpose built facility, The RICE Centre is on the same site as the RUH located in Bath, although independent from the District General Hospital (DGH). Whilst we are located in Bath and provide much-valued services to local people, we serve a much greater geographic area, seeing patients from Salisbury, Devon, Wiltshire, Bristol and other areas of the UK. The charity is also internationally recognised for our academic and clinical research.
In 2016/17 we saw over 519 new patients and 1579 follow-up patients in the Memory Clinic, compared with 1564 in 2015/16 and 253 patients took part in our research projects. 96% of patients said they would recommend our services. Following DementiaPlus Appeal, we project the research programme to expand by 30%, patient research participation to increase from 100 to 150 patients and patient visits to increase by 20%.
RICE has made a real contribution in the field of dementia such as opening the first Memory Clinic, early participant in research trials for 4 drugs prescribed to treat Alzheimer's disease, worked to ensure National Institute for Clinical Excellence clinical guideline 42 approved drugs for use in the NHS, developed national 'best practice' guidelines for medical professionals to ensure people with dementia receive the right health/social care, published over 200 articles plus many others.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Professor Roy Jones
Director and Consultant Geriatrician- a World-renowned expert in dementia and ageing.
Dr Jill Mann
Memory Clinic Physician and Senior Clinical Research Fellow
Professor Julian Hughes
Professor of Old Age Psychiatry working in collaboration with the University of Bristol and the RUH- part of the DementiaPlus Appeal
Dr Tomas Welsh
Consultant Geriatrician and Research Fellow working in collaboration with the RUH - part of the DementiaPlus Appeal
“We have had to re-schedule appointments to ensure we have the appropriate rooms available to accommodate all our patients. With the increased space we will be able to streamline our services more efficiently to help more people with dementia.”