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Housing and Dementia Research Consortium - Knowledge and learning exchange event

The HDRC is hosting a conference 26th April 2018 here at the University of Worcester - 'Natural Connections: innovative approaches to green care for people living with dementia'

In this conference, we will share and discuss learning, knowledge and innovative solutions relating to enabling people living with dementia to maintain a connection to the natural environment and the outdoors. We will hear about recent research exploring green dementia care in long-term accommodation and care settings, personal experience of the impact of nature on people living with dementia and programmes and projects that provide nature-based activities for people living with dementia.

There will be speakers from different fields (academics, third sector organisations, housing providers and people living with dementia), workshops and round table discussions. Delegates at this conference will be the first to hear the full findings of two research projects: a pilot study conducted by the HDRC and ADS on green dementia care opportunities, barriers and good practice in long-term accommodation and care settings; the ROAM (Rehabilitation for Outdoor Activity and Mobility) study conducted by Nottingham University.

For more information about the programme and booking details, please scroll down to the events section.

Masterclasses and Workshops

The last few places remain on the 2017-18 series of masterclasses and workshops and we would encourage you to book your places soon. Scroll down to events to find details of how to book.

Interested in participating in research?

Join Dementia Research (JDR) is a website that helps people who would like to participate in dementia research to register that they are interested, so that researchers in universities and health and social care can contact them about research that they might be interested in. There is lots of information on the website to help you decide if you would like to do this.

The website also contains lots of news about studies that are taking place as well as research findings.

Are your environments dementia friendly?

The King's Fund Environmental Assessment Tools - Care Home Assessment Tool, Housing Assessment Tool, Health Centre Assessment Tool, Hospital and Ward Assessment Tools

The Association for Dementia Studies (ADS) is pleased to let you know that the Environment Assessment Tools, which were developed by The King’s Fund, can now be downloaded from the Association for Dementia Studies webpages by following the link below.

The pages include a brief summary of their development and how to use the assessment tool. You can also download the Alzheimer’s Society booklet based on the assessment tools which was designed to help people living at home with dementia make changes to their accommodation.

If you would like to learn more about how to use the Assessment Tools and improving care for people living with dementia in your organisation by understanding why the environment is important to care and how you can change it for the better, do register to attend our Dementia Friendly Design workshop in April.

If you would like to hold one of these workshops for your organisation or have an expert visit your premises to help you to conduct your assessments, please email


Dementia 2020 Citizens’ Engagement Panel

The Department of Health for England is looking for people living with dementia and/or their carers to become members of this Panel during the next two years. Its aim is to inform the Government as to whether their plans for dementia care and support are making a difference to people’s lives. 

In 2015 the 2020 Dementia Challenge stated its aim to make England the best place in the world to live well with dementia. The Government believes it is critical to gather the views of people who have received a diagnosis of dementia and their family carers and has asked Opinion Research Services (ORS), an independent research company, to recruit to the Dementia 2020 Citizen’s Engagement Panel. 

Members will be invited to respond to surveys and some will also take part in group discussions or interviews about their direct experiences of dementia services and support. 

If you want to join the Panel or find out more about the research project please go to


The RSAS is looking for dementia carers

The RSAS is creating a National Dementia Carers Centre and is in the process of designing and piloting some innovative residential programmes for carers. They need carers to help with some market research and then later in the year and during 2018/19 to attend their programmes. Each programme runs for three consecutive days ( 2 nights away from home). The programmes are free at this stage, so all accommodation and food is paid for in addition of course to the actual attendance at the programme. The Association for Dementia Studies will be collaborating to design a robust evaluation of the pilot programmes.

Do you know of any individual carers or ready-formed carers groups who might be interested in helping with the market research and/or with piloting the programmes? If so, please contact Hazel May, Dementia Carers Services Lead for the Royal Surgical Aid Society.           


In this article, Professor Dawn Brooker writes for us on the challenges and achievements of 30 years of dementia care. What has changed and what still remains to be done?


HDRC Conference - Natural Connections: innovative approaches to green care for people living with dementia

For a programme and booking information about this event, please see this flyer.

2017-18 Masterclass and Workshop series - designed to address current issues in providing exemplary dementia care

Each 1-day event will run from 10:00 to 16:00 with registration from 9:30. Lunch & refreshments will be provided. The cost will be £150 with an early bird rate of £125 for bookings made up to 6 weeks in advance.

Each Half-day event will run from 10:00 to 13:00 with registration from 9:30. Refreshments will be provided. The cost will be £80 with an early bird rate of £65 for bookings made up to 6 weeks in advance.

More information on the content of each event and the learning outcomes can be found here:

Certificates of attendance will be provided.

One day Masterclasses        

  • Dementia and Pain – Underdiagnosed and undertreated 9 May 2018 

One day Workshops

  • Dementia Friendly Design 20 April 2018

  • Person Centred Care and Dementia -  12 June 2018    

Half day workshop
  • Music and Dementia 20 June 2018


Each event can be booked online here.

If you have any questions or require further information ahead of that please email 

To commission the delivery of one of more of the Masterclasses and/or Workshops to a group of your staff at alocation of your choice this too can bearranged please email 

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

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