Mild cognitive impairment virtual course 2023

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17 Mar 2023 - 15 Mar 2024

This course will be launching soon! To pre-register, select the 'pre register' button on our website!

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.

This years' course is an updated version of our 2022 course. It follows the same themes, features many of the same speakers and provides practical ideas - both big and small - to improve outcomes for people with a diagnosis of MCI.

'In evaluating our 2022 course, 80% of respondents said the course would definitely positively influence their personal practice or local service provision.'


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. Practical suggestions for improving clinical practice are peppered throughout the course, from tiny changes like recommending regular hearing and vision tests to patients, to quality improvement or even service development projects. Previous delegates share how they have addressed MCI or brain health in their locality, and mentorship is available for delegates who want to implement a project as a result of the course this year.

Find out what the past two years of delegates have thought of the course.

"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

Programme - last updated 17/03/2022

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.

Cost of the course

This is a free course for UK delegates. To reserve your space on this course, please complete the pre-register 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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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.

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