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The Music Therapy Charity has announced that it will award funds to support a three-year PhD Fellowship to the Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, Institute of Mental Health/University of Nottingham, to be supervised by Professor Martin Orrell and Dr Orii McDermott. 

In an open competition it was felt that while all applications received were of a very high standard, the application received from the Institute was the best fit with the intentions of the call for proposals. The holder of the Fellowship will develop and evaluate a UK version of the Person Attuned Musical Interaction in Dementia Manual (PAMI-UK), the original version having been created in Aalborg in Denmark by a team that included Dr McDermott.

The aim of producing and evaluating a UK version of the PAMI is to provide a culturally appropriate manual for care home staff to promote attuned interactions with residents with dementia, and to raise an awareness of the potential benefits of music therapy skill-sharing amongst music therapy clinicians and researchers, and dementia care specialists. The Music Therapy Charity is very pleased to be able to have facilitated this important research, which will have benefits not only for patients but also for all involved in dementia care.

The Fellowship will start in September 2019. For more information please contact Dr Orii McDermott directly: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.