Dementia Academy

Promoting prevention, supporting management

From prevention and early recognition through to the end of life, this Academy is at the forefront of optimal care modelling with its interactive Care Pathway and new Brain Health Clinic blueprint.

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Promoting prevention, supporting management

Led by proactive clinicians determined to see improvement in the way we prevent, diagnose and manage dementias, Dementia Academy supports healthcare professionals with the latest tools, resources and courses to do just that.

Designed by clinicians, for clinicians

Healthcare professionals have come together from across different backgrounds, localities, experiences and service models to develop our courses. They make up our valued Faculty, and are constantly shaping and updating the content and style of delivery to maximise its relevance and practicality.

From course to community

As with all our Academies, there is a strong emphasis on the practical application of learning, but with dementia, this brings a strong focus on prevention and risk modification. Equipping delegates with both the knowledge and toolkits they need, this collegiate community is working hard to promote brain health and dementia prevention as well as early diagnosis and optimal management.

Tangible transformation

This Academy is leading the way through national consensus guidance which can in turn be used to improve local service models. Our first Academy to develop a locally-tailored course in 2021, which was a bespoke training series for a whole spectrum of healthcare practitioners from GPs and community services to specialists and consultants. This education in mild cognitive impairment inspired a collaborative approach to quality improvement projects in the area. Education with impact report

Forthcoming Dementia Academy MasterClasses and events...

On Demand Webinars

Miss out on a webinar? Had to leave an event before a keynote speaker? Our catalogue of on demand sessions ranges from short videos and podcasts, to webinars and full events, giving you an opportunity to learn and develop in the areas that matter to you, in your own time...


From prevention and early recognition through to the end of life, this Academy is at the forefront of optimal care modelling with its interactive Care Pathway and new Brain Health Clinic blueprint.

Dementia Academy offers a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals to receive expert training in dementia.

Following in the successful footsteps of the Parkinson’s Academy which was established in 2002, the Dementia Academy delivers an innovative educational programme in the field of dementia. The MasterClass aims to provide a structured training programme for clinicians who seek formal training in both the clinical and managerial aspects of running a ‘dementia service’. The educational style of the Academy provides unique clinical skills enhancement and service development.

The Dementia MasterClass is for primary and secondary care clinicians, including nurses, GPwERs, geriatricians, old age psychiatry consultants, registrars and specialist pharmacists. The training course will cover topics including:

  • Practical neuroimaging for dementia
  • Less common forms of dementia
  • Practical dementia assessment
  • Primary care aspects
  • The acute setting – including delirium assessment
  • Psychiatric and behavioural disturbances
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Workshops around: driving and legal aspects, carer support, community support, OT assessment

The Dementia Academy draws on the expertise of leaders in the field who deliver top quality education in small groups of approx. 30 and a relaxed atmosphere. The courses have the input from a range of disciplines, and of course from patients themselves.

“The sessions were excellent and a good mix of academic stuff and 'softer' topics around support/care. Both very good indeed.”

Delegate feedback from Dementia MasterClass 7

Prof Iracema Leroi and Dr Gregor Russell at Dementia MasterClass 7

Not only does the Academy provide updates on the evidence base for managing dementia and practical support on how to develop an dementia service, the course is also an invaluable opportunity to establish an ongoing network of peer support.

An integral part of the MasterClass is the intermodule project. Attendees undertake a workplace project on an issue within their own area. This might be around service delivery, patient management or an aspect of drug management and might involve a service description, an audit or research.

The project concludes with presentation to the course members and Faculty in Module 2. This project is a required piece of work which completes the CPD sign-off for the course. To get an idea of what a project might entail you can read our latest 'Education with impact' report.

The Academy MasterClass programmes are approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom. The most recent Dementia MasterClass 7 was awarded 20 category 1 (external) CPD credits. Please note that the credits are subject to approval of the final programme.


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News and articles

15 Mar 2024 Posted in News

Last few months of our MCI course!

As Brain Awareness Week closes, we wanted to share that our mild cognitive impairment (MCI) course, which includes a huge amount of content around brain health promotion and optimisation, will be closing this year. You have a couple of months left to access the material, before we take a pause and review the content.

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Academy and faculty leaders

We are led and supported by experts with a variety of backgrounds across a range of disciplines. By bringing different passions to the Academy, they ensure we maintain a high quality of content and information across a diverse field of knowledge.

Prof Iracema Leroi
Associate professor of geriatric psychiatry
Dr Gregor Russell
Consultant old age psychiatrist
Dr Daniel Blackburn
Senior lecturer and honorary consultant neurologist
Dr George Crowther
Consultant in old age liaison psychiatry


Projects – putting learning into practice

Taking practical education to a fundamental level, some of our courses include a workplace project. An opportunity to test new knowledge and skills and to improve local services, delegates are offered mentorship and encouraged to support their peers as they continue to develop their specialism in a way that directly impacts their patient's outcomes.

Attendees have free reign over this project. It might be service delivery, patient management or drug treatments, and it could take the form of a service description, an audit, or another form of research. It should meet a local need.

When complete, the project closes with a presentation to the other course members, faculty, and often their managers, commissioners or other people of influence in their area.


Dementia resources and knowledge

Access a collection of resources for Dementia professionals, including webinars, podcasts, event reports and an archive of Academy newsletters.

Endorsed by

These organisations are currently endorsing, or have previously endorsed, an Academy event, project or resource.
  • Parkinsons Disease Nurse Specialist Association logo
  • The Alliance of Scottish Parkinson’s Nurse Specialists logo
  • Lewy Body Ireland logo
  • The British Neuropsychiatry Association logo
  • Dementia Trials logo