HMT Fitness Champions Group

Funding research is a one of our major charitable objectives and we carefully select scientific and social research programmes that will have a positive impact within our areas of care. By partnering national charities and universities we are funding a growing programme of projects with a focus currently on dementia diagnosis, treatment and care. Please click on the links to learn more.

‘We are focused on entering into research partnerships that result in tangible findings that can be integrated into the practical settings of our Care Homes. This project with Stirling will provide rigorous research evidence for a newly developed approach to providing personalised physical activity for people with dementia living in care homes. We will work closely with Stirling University and meet regularly as part of the Advisory Group to the project.’

Tony Barret, HMT Chief Executive.

Research Programmes


Fronto-temporal dementia

New research to examine behavioural symptoms in a leading cause of dementia in the under 65s is being conducted at University College London. The funding, in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society, will allow a PhD student – under the supervision of Professor Nick Fox, a leading expert – to explore the behavioural symptoms common to fronto-temporal dementia.

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Sleep Disturbance

Sleep disturbance

King’s College London study to understand the prevalence of sleep disturbance for people with dementia living in care homes, and develop and evaluate a night-time care programme to reduce the impact of this symptom. The project will allow a PhD student under the supervision of leading expert Dr Anne Corbett to conduct the research over the next three years.

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Reducing falls

Reducing falls

Reducing the risk of falls for adults with a mild cognitive impairment. This project, supported by Alzheimer’s Society, will be delivered through a 3 year clinical training fellowship at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust by Victoria Booth, a Senior Physiotherapist.

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Sterling University

Stirling University

In partnership with Stirling University, HMT have pledged £299,866 to fund a research programme over three years as part of its commitment to improving the quality of life for people living with dementia.

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