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The latest news, events, blogs and vacancies from the Association for Dementia Studies.



 Applications for places on the Post Graduate Dementia Studies programme have now closed for the 2020 entry. However, new applications will be considered from this point for the September 2021 intake. Please also note that if you wish to study any of the following, as stand-alone options for January 2021, you can apply, with a closing date of 30th November 2020.

MDEM4003 Expert Practice in Delivering Person Centred Dementia Care

MDEM4006 Engagement and Empowerment in Dementia Studies

MDEM4007 Dementia in the Family Context

Further information can be found here 

A blog about these can be found here

For more information please email or tel 01905 542531 



 UK Meeting Centres Support Programme -Training for staff/volunteers

We have now developed a 5 week fully online training programme to help staff/volunteers understand how to develop an enjoyable and flexible Meeting Centre which is key to the development of a successful Centre.

This 5-week fully online training will support you to consider the different elements that make up a Meeting Centre and explore the practicalities of implementing it. This will include looking at:

  • The Meeting Centre ethos
  • The Essential Features of a Meeting Centre
  • The Adjusting to Change model and how this model can be used in practice to support both members with dementia and family carers
  • The physical, social and psychological effect of movement on individuals, with the opportunity for staff/volunteers to start to consider how this can be incorporated into the Meeting Centres programme.

Whilst we do not expect staff/volunteers to have in-depth knowledge of dementia, we do expect that they have some understanding, we therefore request that all those attending have become  Dementia Friends see this link to access Dementia Friends

Mode of delivery: This fully online training will be delivered using the University’s online learning platform, which will include weekly scheduled online sessions where you will meet your tutor and fellow students, and independent study which you will complete independently at your own pace. Typically, you should spend approximately 4 hours each week working through this training programme. Two further online support sessions will take place at month two and five post completion of the programme.

Access Requirements: As a fully online training course you will require a reliable computer/laptop and internet access. You will require audio and video capability for the online sessions so that you can connect with your tutor and fellow students.

Target audience: This training is specifically to support frontline staff/volunteers who will have day to day responsibility of running a Meeting Centre but may also be of interest to Trustees/other supporters.

Start Dates: 2 November 2020, 1 February 2021, 3 May 2021, 2 August 2021.

Workshop Fee: The training is free. 

For further information and details of how to book: Please email or tel: 01905 542531. We will then contact you to give more information and access details. 

 Meeting Centres Support Programme


Implementing Namaste Care: a 1-day online webinar

Namaste Care aims to provide better care for people with advanced dementia by an evidence based intervention that provides a practical, daily approach to meet physical, sensory, psychological and emotional needs. Namaste Care was developed initially in the USA by Joyce Simard and has been adapted to be used in the UK through research carried out at the University of Worcester. Namaste Care does not require additional staffing, but instead a change in the way care is organised and delivered. This webinar will explain the theory behind Namaste Care, and in particular will focus on the practical steps needed to set up and implement this programme in your setting. Consideration will also be made to adapting Namaste Care in the context of Covid-19.

Overall Aim:

To introduce the model of Namaste Care, explore the different elements that make up the programme and explore the practicalities of implementing it.

The content includes:

  • Theory of Namaste Care and the UK Model
  • Understanding advanced dementia
  • Improving nutrition, hydration and pain management
  • Finding out how to create a sensory space
  • Opportunities to learn practical skills such as basic hand massage
  • Better communication including non-verbal skills
  • Supporting people at the end of their life

Target audience

Anyone who wants to better support people with advanced dementia, including health and social care staff, family carers or volunteers.  A certificate of attendance will be awarded following the webinar.

Facilitated by: Nicola Jacobson-Wright, Practice Development Coach, University of Worcester, Association for Dementia Studies

Date: 13 October 2020. 10:00 to 16:00

Access Requirements: You will require a computer/laptop/tablet and internet access with audio and video capability.

  Workshop Fee: £100

 To book your place here:

 In the event of this webinar not being held (e.g. due to a low number of delegates registering) delegates will, in these circumstances, be offered a full refund; otherwise no refund of fees will normally be made 

 For more information about a number of events planned for the next few months please see the Seminars and Conferences page 


To find out more about what we are currently involved with please read our recent posts here


 PhD Studentship:  The impact of a strategic regional approach to scaling up Meeting Centres for people affected by dementia

 Closing date: Monday 9 November 2020

 Interview date: Monday 30 November 2020

 The Project: Applications are invited for a fully funded full-time PhD studentship exploring a novel regional approach to establishing community Meeting Centres for people and families affected by dementia. The area for investigation focusses on the factors affecting the regional take-up of Meeting Centres for people affected by dementia across a geographic region such as a local authority or city council. We want to know how best may these be tackled, and what lessons they have for the regional development of Meeting Centres in the UK.

See the full advert for The impact of a strategic regional approach to scaling up Meeting Centres ...

Deadline for applications: Monday 9 November 2020

Applications should be made here.