Dementia Academy offers a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals to receive expert training in dementia.

Following in the successful footsteps of the Parkinson’s Academy which was established in 2002, the Dementia Academy delivers an innovative educational programme in the field of dementia. The MasterClass aims to provide a structured training programme for clinicians who seek formal training in both the clinical and managerial aspects of running a ‘dementia service’. The educational style of the Academy provides unique clinical skills enhancement and service development.

The programme of Dementia MasterClasses is designed specifically for clinicians with an interest in dementia. Whether you are a primary or secondary health care professional, the MasterClass programme aims to build your confidence in managing the condition, and prescribing treatment or referring to a specialist centre for treatment.

Dr Ross Dunne at our MasterClass 2017 in Manchester

If you are a GP, pharmacist, specialist nurse, physiotherapist or other allied healthcare professional with an interest in developing your skills in dementia, please contact us to register your interest for courses tailored to your needs in the future. The Dementia Academy draws on the expertise of leaders in the field who deliver top quality education in small groups of approx. 30 and a relaxed atmosphere. The courses have the input from a range of disciplines, and of course from patients themselves.

“I would like to reiterate our appreciation of the excellent teaching and professionalism of the team at the Dementia Academy.”

MasterClass Feedback

Not only does the Academy provide updates on the evidence base for managing dementia and practical support on how to develop an dementia service, the course is also an invaluable opportunity to establish an ongoing network of peer support.

The Academy MasterClass programmes are approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom. The 2018 two-day Dementia MasterClass was awarded 12 category 1 (external) CPD credits. Please note that the credits are subject to approval of the final programme.

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Dementia courses

Speaker sessions

Overview of dementia

Dr Ross Dunne’s introduction to dementia covers cognitive assessment methods, neuroimaging, and future treatments for dementia, in a session which is designed to give a framework for the rest of the course.

Prescribing in dementia

Prof Iracema Leroi discusses practical daily management strategies from the medication perspective, to manage both cognitive difficulties as well as behavioural disturbance in patients with dementia.

Dementia in the acute hospital setting

Dr Ross Overshott talks about how people with dementia cope in the acute hospital environment and the measures that clinicians need to take to reduce their distress during a stay in hospital.