Press Release

04 December 2013

Canterbury Christ church University is part of a group of UK universities who have developed a Curriculum for UK Dementia Education (CfDE).

The curriculum is designed as a guide to universities for developing the content of higher education programmes for health and social care professionals such as nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and social work. It will help universities to ensure their courses address the knowledge and skills health and social care staff need to care for people with dementia.

The group of universities have worked  on the project as part of the Higher Education for Dementia Network (HEDN), co-ordinated and chaired by the charity Dementia UK.

The curriculum has been developed in a systematic way by HEDN members over a numbers of years and has included consultation with people living with dementia, their families, dementia care practitioners and network members. This followed from research conducted by HEDN which identified that coverage of dementia in most UK University health and social care courses was inadequate and inconsistent.

HEDN hope the curriculum will eventually be adopted by all UK Universities, resulting in coverage of dementia in all health and social care courses as well as consistency in the depth and content of what students learn.

HEDN is comprised of representatives of 53 UK Universities who have an interest in or are responsible for courses on dementia care. Rachel Thompson Chair of HEDN said:

“Dementia needs to be integral to education for all health and social care professionals but also needs to be delivered in a consistent and systematic way. We hope that the Curriculum for UK Dementia Education will provide a framework to ensure that this happens effectively and across all education providers.”

Professor Jan Dewing from the England Centre for Practice Development, hosted by the Faculty of Health and Social Care at Canterbury Christ Church University, said "We are delighted to be able to promote a shared Curriculum for Dementia Care Education in our region.

"The launch of the curriculum represents an important milestone and enables serious discussion about improving health and social care education for practitioners based on shared principles. The professionals of the future need the required knowledge and skills to deliver high quality care for people living with dementia."

The Curriculum for UK Dementia Education is available to download via: .


Notes to Editor

Dementia UK

  • Dementia UK is a national charity that is committed to supporting families affected by dementia. It provides and supports Admiral Nurses, Admiral Nursing DIRECT and Uniting Carers, a national network of carers of people with dementia.
  • All initial enquiries to 020 7874 7200 or visit
  • The national helpline and email service Admiral Nursing DIRECT is provided by experienced and specialist Admiral Nurses and is for family and professional carers, people with dementia and those worried about their memory. Call 0845 257 9406 or email

 Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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