The PROMOTE Study
The PROMOTE Study

The PROMOTE Study: Behavioural activation written self-help to improve well-being in people with memory difficulties, supported by family and friends

Clinical Education Development and Research (CEDAR), at the University of Exeter, are currently undertaking an innovative study to develop and examine the feasibility and acceptability of a new type of support to improve wellbeing in people living with memory difficulties.  The study is in collaboration with the BeMe primary care mental health service in Cornwall and funded by Cornwall NHS Foundation Partnership Trust and the South West Peninsula Academic Health Sciences Network.

Study background

People with memory difficulties commonly experience poor wellbeing; however access to traditional psychological services for support is limited.

To increase access across England, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) based self-help approaches supported by trained psychological wellbeing practitioners, have been developed.

Whilst the acceptability and effectiveness of these CBT self-help approaches has been demonstrated across a wide range of people, little is known about the use of CBT self-help approaches with people living with memory difficulties.

The PROMOTE research team have been working closely with people with memory difficulties and their family and friends to inform the development of an acceptable and engaging CBT self-help approach, based on a technique called ‘behavioural activation,’ to maintain and improve wellbeing.

The research has highlighted the importance of developing the self-help intervention to be supported on a daily basis by family and friends.  However it was also stressed that on-going guidance for the family member or friend themselves would also be required. 

This guidance, support and signposting to other services when needed are being provided by psychological wellbeing practitioners working for the BeMe IAPT service within Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

What are we doing now?

From January 2016 the study team will be running a study examining written behavioural activation self-help intervention to improve wellbeing in people with memory difficulties, supported by their family members or friends and guided by wellbeing practitioners.  Once established the results will be used to inform the design of a larger study to determine effectiveness and maximise acceptability.

If good levels of feasibility (including acceptability) are found the results will be used to plan and design a pilot study and larger trial to examine effectiveness.

We are looking for people living with memory difficulties, and family members and friends, to join the study who live in the Penwith and Kerrier regions of Cornwall.

Getting more out of every day with memory difficulties

A guide for people living with memory difficulties.

Getting more out of every day with memory difficulties

A guide for family and friends.

What do I do if I want to find out more?

You can contact our Cornwall based researchers, Dr Martin Anderson, or Shanker Venkatasubramanian on:

Telephone: 01326 259150
Email: PromoteStudy@exeter.ac.uk