Project information

DemenitaPlus Appeal

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)

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  • Need


    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 future demand, and subsequent strain on 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, research students and research fellows room, research/patient consultation room, clinical research and quality room, research psychologists room, patient examination room, 2 x clinical researcher’s/patient consultation office, patient waiting room,The Research Library, 2 x research study pods, medical equipment and dementia friendly art

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help find new treatments and ultimately a cure for dementia


    » 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

    What success will look like

    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.

    Aim 2

    To increase room avalibility for patient consultation


    » Through increased room availability patients will be seen sooner, resulting is quicker diagnosis, treatment and supported to return home.

    What success will look like

    Monitor and evaluate patient numbers, before during and after the appeal. Collect feedback from people with dementia, their families and carers.

    Aim 3

    Help to reduce time spent in hospital and admissions to care homes.


    » 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

    What success will look like

    Monitor and evaluate patients' stress, agitation, disorientation, aggression and isolation during patient visits, psychology tests, carer feedback and working with the RUH.

    Aim 4

    Increase regular participation in research studies


    » Increase in research facilities will enable RICE to accept more research studies and accommodate more participants

    What success will look like

    Monitor and evaluate patient participation numbers, before, during and after appeal. Evaluate findings of research studies.

    Aim 5

    Increase academic and clinical research


    » Providing new, dedicated research space will enable researchers to accept and deliver more research studies
    » Provide three senior clinical researchers

    What success will look like

    Monitor and evaluate all research outcomes through mid-point and end of study reviews. Work in collaboration, share expertise and publish results.

  • Impact


    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.


    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

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,205,502

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      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
  • Background


    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 the RICE Centre is based in Bath and provides much-valued memory clinic related services for local people, we see people from a much wider geographic area, particularly in relation to our research projects that contribute to improving both national and international knowledge about dementia.


    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.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    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