Mild cognitive impairment virtual course 2022


This course has now closed, please pre-register for the next Mild Cognitive Impairment 2023 course here: https://neurologyacademy.org/e...

This virtual course is intended to equip people across the UK with knowledge and understanding of diseases which affect cognition and thinking, focusing on improving diagnosis, support and information for people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

It also draws on the concept of brain health to combine existing evidence and tools to explore how we can improve services and models of care for dementia prevention where this is possible, and for early escalation of care, where it is not.


Growing evidence suggests that supporting lifestyle changes for people with a mild cognitive impairment (MCI) could improve the health of their brains and may reduce their risk of developing dementia. Indeed, recent evidence suggests that up to 40% of dementia cases may be potentially preventable through modification of life-course risk factors (Livingston 2020).

Unfortunately, this important window of opportunity to reduce dementia risk and improve wellbeing is often missed in existing UK clinical pathways, where people with an MCI diagnosis are commonly discharged without follow-up and asked to ‘watch and wait’ for their condition to deteriorate (Leroi et al, 2020).

Ensuring a broad understanding of the diseases and conditions which can lead to cognitive impairment, the diagnostic processes and, importantly, appropriate referral pathways and interventions for risk mitigation will all contribute to improving outcomes for people experiencing MCI, and lead to a more brain-healthy society as a whole.

What will delegates learn?

The virtual course will cover 8 modules, featuring various expert speakers across different themes, with 2 further modules and support for participants who choose to carry out a quality improvement project locally.

Quality improvement projects take place over 6 months and are optional, small-scale ways to translate your learning into local service improvement. Practical suggestions and examples of quality improvement projects will be included throughout the course, with mentors available, and the opportunity to share learning more widely after the course is completed.

"The duration of each lecture perfect and pitched at great level. Good range of supplementary material. Found the last body module particularly useful and will lead to change of practice"

Delegate feedback from MCI course 2021

Practical ideas for quality improvement

As a result of the projects from our 2021 course, we are delighted to publish our first 'Education with Impact' booklet, 'Quality improvement in mild cognitive impairment (MCI): Stories from across the UK and Ireland'. The booklet contains a range of different projects carried out by delegates on the first MCI course.


Last updated: 29th July

Download now (MCI2-programme.pdf)

Who is this course for?

This course is intended for anyone involved in services or support for people affected by mild cognitive impairment, or dementia. This might include health professionals across primary, secondary and tertiary services, social care professionals, providers, members of the voluntary sector, service managers and commissioners, and people experiencing mild cognitive impairment themselves.

As such, the material covered will focus on a clear evidence-base for interventions in MCI and reducing risk of dementia across the population, practical examples of different approaches to service models and interventions, and clarity around collaborative solutions, and involving a wide variety of stakeholders at all levels of planning and provision.


  • Modules 1-8 first module launches July 2022, and weekly thereafter

  • Module 9: QI project submission presentation during October (live)
    • opportunity to submit 3 minute proposal video in advance to share as a pre-recording if necessary

  • Module 10: Presenting QI project April 2023 (live)
    • opportunity to submit 3 minute presentation video in advance to share as a pre-recording if necessary

Cost of the course

This is a free course for UK delegates. To reserve your space on this course, please complete our registration form.

Access to course resources

Delegates will be able to access sessions, presentation slides and other resources for 12 months after completion of the course with their website account.

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Funded by
Dementia United logo

This activity has been part-funded by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Programme through its Dementia Programme (Dementia United). The Dementia United programme, as part of an Integrated Care system, is happy to support this work and has contributed towards the development of the course.

Our sponsor
Roche logo

This event has been part funded by sponsorship from Roche Products Limited. The sponsor has had no control over the organisation or educational content of this event.

Dr Sarah Fox
Senior fellow, Global Brain Health Institute
Prof Craig Ritchie
Professor of the Psychiatry of Ageing, University of Edinburgh
Sue Thomas
Independent healthcare consultant, NHS England Clinical Reference Group Member Neurology, Neurosurgery & Spinal Surgery
Dr Jonathan Kaye
Clinical lead for dementia, Manchester Health and Care Commissioning
Dr Wilby Williamson
Assistant professor, physiology, Trinity College Dublin
Dr Ross Dunne
Consultant old age psychiatrist, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Prof Piers Dawes
Professor of audiology, University of Queensland and the University of Manchester
Georgina Carr
CEO, neurological alliance
Ruth Stross
Head of nursing, Neurology Academy, neurology specialist nurse, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Karen Harrison Dening
Head of research & publications, dementia UK and admiral nursing, professor of dementia nursing (honorary), De Montfort University, Leicester
Sue Hinds
Head of Services, Dementia Carers Count
Dr Nina Mohan
CT2 Psychiatry, NIMDTA: Southern Health and Social Care Trust
Abdul Shakoor
BAME Dementia Family Link Worker, Tameside and Glossop Mind
Ann Marie Jones
Chief executive, Age UK Trafford
Julie Riley
Retired deputy director of strategy, The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust
Dominic Campbell
Cultural producer
Michael Foley
Research assistant, School of Nursing & Midwifery
Jacqui Cannon
Chief executive, The Lewy Body Society
Lorraine Haining​
Specialist practitioner, Dementia Carers Count
Sarah Walker
Programme Manager – Capability Building
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