Dementia awareness programme

UCLPartners is working with Health Education England (HEE) in north central and east London to lead a cultural change in dementia care across the partnership by ensuring that all healthcare staff receive basic, appropriate dementia awareness training.

UCLPartners is supporting the NHS to improve healthcare delivery, by ensuring it has a workforce that is skilled to provide high quality dementia care at all stages of the condition; and able to understand its importance. As the number of patients with dementia are expected to continue growing, demand for quality dementia care will increase.

The challenge

The Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020 (2015) outlines a need for the promotion of awareness and understanding of dementia in Britain. The report calls for improved public awareness and for all NHS staff to receive training appropriate to their role by 2020, as well as:

  • Equal access to diagnosis of dementia as for other conditions
  • Meaningful care and support for patients and carers
  • Increased funding for and accessibility to research

Progress highlights

Since the project began in April 2014:

  • Dementia training has been delivered to over 60,000 healthcare professionals
  • 94% of attendees still use what they have learnt from the training in their working practice (six months post training)
  • 87% of attendees believe care of people with dementia in their trust has improved since training began

What we’re doing 

  1. Development of Dementia Champions (Tier 3):

Tier 3 training, defined as “enhancing the knowledge, skills and attitudes for key staff (experts) working with people living with dementia designed to support them to play leadership roles” (Dementia Core Skills Education and training Framework, 2015) is currently being delivered across the partnership.

Our ambition is to:

  • Create a cohort of 40 Dementia Champions as leaders, supported to influence change in 3 key local priority topics – delirium, diagnosis, and dementia risk and prevention
  • To promote our Champions across their STP locality as experts and influencers in person-centred dementia care
  • Encourage participating organisations to deliver initiatives that promote both multiorganisation and multidisciplinary working
  1. Continue roll out of Tier 1 dementia awareness training across primary care:

Building on initial development of 100 Dementia friendly GP Practices, our ambition throughout this project phase is to:

  • Facilitate the creation of a further 50 dementia friendly GP practices
  • Provide access for up to 15 practice staff to be developed as dementia awareness trainers
  • Create links between organisations to encourage peer support, shared learning and further innovation

3. Evidence of impact

UCLPartners will evaluate the influence of training, by examining the care provided for people living with dementia, and their carers, in both new dementia friendly GP practices and across our participating trusts.


Leadership and contacts

Sian Jones, Senior Project Manager, UCLPartners

Ellen Nelson, Project Support Officer, UCLPartners


Dementia training resources for care homes

Our dementia training in care homes aims to raise awareness and understanding of dementia among care home staff working in residential and nursing homes. This is being achieved through the delivery of a sustainable dementia training package, in partnership with the NHS (London region), Dementia Clinical Network and Health Innovation Network, which can be cascaded to care homes using a ‘train-the trainer’ approach. More information on this project and a fully downloadable training package can be found here.

Free online course from UCL: The Many Faces of Dementia

The Many Faces of Dementia gives a unique insight into dementia through the stories, symptoms and science behind four less common diagnoses. It is available on FutureLearn and runs for four weeks.

Join Dementia Research
Join Dementia Research is a national service that aims to accelerate the pace of dementia research by allowing people with and without dementia to register their interest in studies, helping researchers find the right participants at the right time.