Person Centred Dementia Care

Course Outline


To illustrate person centred care based on the work of Tom Kitwood, enabling a more holistic approach to the care of a person living with a dementia.

“Overall the staff have really enjoyed and appreciated their training. They feel the focus on the experience of the patients is crucial and have had nothing but praise for the sessions. They are able to translate this into the caring environment which has proved invaluable.”

Manager at a hospital


  • Discuss how I know I matter and why it’s important for everyone’s wellbeing.
  • Understand person centred care, focusing on Kitwood’s ideas regarding a new culture of care relating to Dementia.
  • Understand the difference between the old culture of care and the new culture.
  • Understand the principle of culture change in dementia care.
  • Show how words we use can have a negative impact on a person living with dementia.
  • How highlighting strengths can have a positive effect on the wellbeing of a person with a dementia.
  • Discuss what’s important to participants as individuals and the impact on them if this was not respected.
  • Increase understanding of the perspective of a person who has a dementia’.
  • To create empathy by reflecting on our own personality and life history and how these relate to a person who has a dementia.
  • Reflect on person-centred practice in the work place.
  • Consider how we can best meet the needs of a person with dementia.


  1. Understand what happens to a person’s wellbeing if they believe they don’t matter and are inadvertently deskilled.
  2. Understand current practice in dementia care.
  3. Understand person centred care.
  4. Understand the impact of our life history and biography on us as people and the need to understand this in relation to the person with a dementia.
  5. Increase in participants understanding of the needs of individuals.
  6. Create empathy, generating improved care for the person who has a dementia.
  7. Increased job satisfaction.
  8. Reduction in care worker stress.


To enquire about booking on this course, dates and pricing, please contact Christine Gallagher,  MindCare Dementia Skills Manager, on 020 8249 7291 or email using the form below:

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