START: STrAtegies for RelaTives

START is an eight session manualised intervention aimed at promoting the development of coping strategies for carers of people with dementia. Our trial showed that this intervention reduced depression and anxiety for family carers of people with dementia when measured at eight months and two years after they had received the intervention. The trial also proved to be cost effective when delivered by graduate psychologists. 

All the published journal articles and the final project report can be accessed in the Publications section.

NEW! START Implementation Project 2017 - 2020

Foundation laying to widen access to START (Strategies for RelaTives)

Following the success of the START trial, we have funding from the Alzheimer's Society to widen access to START by adapting it for delivery in the third sector and to Minority Ethnic (ME) groups, within existing structures of the Alzheimer's Society (AS) and the South Asian community in the first instance. Benefits are expected in terms of improved access for family carers including those in hard to reach groups to START, as well as a template for implementation of the START intervention in the third sector and for other ME groups.

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START Dissemination Project 2014 - 2015

Following the success of the START trial, we have funding from the Alzheimer's Society to 'roll out' the START intervention through regional 'Train the Trainers' workshops. These three hour workshops will be delivered by Dr Penny Rapaport the Clinical Psychology co applicant on the START trial.

This dissemination project is endorsed by Dementia UK and the British Psychological Society Faculty for the Psychology of Older People (FPOP) who will help organise these local workshop events.

This website provides the free training sessions for graduates, manuals, information leaflets and an example of a successful bid to commissioners. 


This project is funded by the Alzheimer's Society, and carried out in collaboration with The University of Bradford and the University of Exeter. 

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