Ilford carer Iffat Manzoor is celebrating after becoming the first person to graduate from a pioneering dementia care scholarship.
The senior care assistant at Bupa’s Seabrooke Manor care home in Ilford, has become the first person to graduate with a BSc in dementia studies from Bradford University under the company’s new dementia care course.
It’s the end of a tough two years of study for Iffat, who first joined Bupa as a care assistant in 2006. She was one of just 11 successful applicants who joined the sponsored programme in September 2012, and has worked her way through the course of part-time studies while continuing to care for residents at Seabrooke Manor.
If that’s not enough Iffat has now has taken charge of looking after residents in the home’s residential dementia unit so she can share her learning and expertise more widely
Celebrating her success with residents and colleagues, Iffat said:
“I am very proud of myself for doing this and I am grateful to Bupa for giving me the opportunity. It’s been tough but now I have a far better understanding of different types of dementia, and that means I can help people to live a more joyful, happy life.
“But it’s not enough just for me to be able to better care for people living with dementia – I want to share what I’ve learnt with everyone I work with.”
The Scholarship Programme providing degree and postgraduate qualifications in conjunction with The University of Bradford was launched by Bupa in September 2012. It builds on the dementia care training programme specially created for Bupa by Bradford University’s world renowned Bradford Dementia Centre.
Managing Director of Bupa Care Homes, Andrew Cannon, said:
“From the day she joined us, Iffat has show great dedication to our residents and I’m delighted she’s our first Bupa Dementia Scholar. She’s worked very hard and deserves all our congratulations.
“Committed, trained people are the key to providing excellent and stimulating dementia care for our residents. We introduced this Scholarship Programme to provide a much more in-depth level of learning that builds on our sector-leading Person First dementia training.
“Iffat has a new challenge now – to share her expertise with her colleagues, and champion great dementia care in the home that further improves the lives of our residents and their families.”