Making Time for Dementia

15 December 2017

The award winning educational programme Time for Dementia has been launched in Kent.

The innovative project is a designed to educate student healthcare professionals about dementia and the challenges that come with it.

Funded by Health Education England, the project was launched in Surrey and Sussex three years ago alongside Brighton and Sussex Medical School and the University of Surrey. But now, thanks to the success of the programme and further funding from Health Education England, it will be rolled out to Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Greenwich, as well as University of Brighton.

The programme aims to help improve the care people with dementia receive now and in the future. As trainee healthcare professionals, students will be given the chance to visit a family affected by dementia in pairs over a two year period. This will provide a unique opportunity to see people with dementia in their own home, over a period of time. The visits are designed to enable students to see how a diagnosis of dementia can affect people and the challenges and changes they may face over time.

Fiona McArthur-Rouse, Head of the school of Nursing at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We are delighted to be part of this project and to be including the Time for Dementia programme in our Adult Nursing, Diagnostic Radiography and Occupational Therapy degrees.

“Our students undertake practice placements throughout the south east, particularly in the Kent and Medway area, and many of our graduates are employed in the area when they qualify. The Time for Dementia programme will enhance the students’ placement experiences by giving them the privilege of connecting with a family who are affected by dementia over an extended period. We anticipate that this will help our students develop their understanding of the challenges families face when living with dementia and provide them with insights and skills that will stay with them when they qualify in their chosen professions. The experience should also help them to promote a family-centred approach to care and to act as advocates for those affected by dementia.”

Lauren Merrison, Alzheimer’s Society Project Manager for Time for Dementia, said: “We’re delighted to be able to grow the project into other counties. Students in Surrey and Sussex have told us that they’re more aware of dementia and not only how it affects the person with dementia and their carer, but also their family life.

“We think it is of the utmost importance to involve people with a diagnosis of dementia and their carers or family on the training of these student healthcare professionals. This programme gives the students a chance to learn from the experts on dementia – the people directly affected by the condition. It’s a good way for them to gain knowledge first hand of what it’s like living with dementia and the challenges they have to overcome.

“There are more than 23,900 people living with dementia in Kent and Medway and it’s crucial that more people in the field of healthcare are aware of the condition.”

 To find out more about the programme or to get involved call Lauren Merrison at the Alzheimer’s Society on 07713 779582 or email her at

Notes to editors:

  • Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading dementia charity. We provide information and support, fund research, campaign to improve care and create lasting change for people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Dementia devastates lives. Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia. By 2021, 1 million people will be living with the condition. This will soar to two million by 2051.
  • Dementia deaths are rising year on year and 225,000 will develop dementia this year - that’s one every three minutes.
  • Dementia costs the UK economy over £26 billion per year. This is the equivalent of more than £30,000 per person with dementia. 
  • Alzheimer’s Society funds research into the cause, care, cure and prevention of all types of dementia and has committed to spend at least £150 million on research over the next decade. This includes a £50 million investment in the UK's first dedicated Dementia Research Institute.
  • Alzheimer’s Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0300 222 11 22 or visit

Canterbury Christ Church University

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

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • Over 94% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2015/16 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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