Psychosocial interventions in dementia: Projects

Individualised Cognitive stimulation Therapy (iCST) trial

The iCST Trial is an NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme (HTA) funded research study sponsored by North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) and University College London (UCL). The study is a multi-centre trial with data being collected at 8 centres including Bangor, Hull, Manchester, and London. For North Wales the principal investigator is Professor Bob Woods from Bangor University, who has been involved in developing the cognitive stimulation approach for many years.

The aim of the trial is to develop and evaluate a home based one-to-one version of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) delivered by family carers. The therapy is delivered by a relative or close friend of the person with dementia for 30 minutes, 3 times a week, over 25 weeks. Each iCST session will consist of a themed activity designed to be mentally stimulating and enjoyable. An instructional manual and accompanying resources for the programme have been developed by the research team.

If you would like to find out more about this project, please contact Hannah Jelley on 01248 388498 or email


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