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Centre for Dementia Studies

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Centre for Dementia Studies

The Centre for Dementia Studies (CDS) works to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and their family carers by improving the quality of treatment and care they receive.

The CDS is a joint venture between BSMS and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Its programme of work in applied health research, education and policy in dementia is designed to improve the quality of life of people with the condition.

Good-quality dementia care requires multi-disciplinary and inter-agency working, with patients and carers at the core. The CDS works in collaboration with a number of partners, including the Universities of Brighton and Sussex, patient and carer groups, primary care providers, Health Education England working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEE KSS), clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), acute NHS trusts, local authority social service departments, private care providers, wider regional and national universities, and other organisations.

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Our aims

  • To deliver a programme of applied health research in dementia that will build the evidence base on care, treatment, and causation
  • To deliver research that makes a positive difference for people with dementia and their carers
  • To deliver a programme of excellent and useful education and training (including at PGCert, PGDip and MSc level) that will develop and deliver skills for the wide multidisciplinary and interagency matrix of health and social services needed in dementia
  • To accelerate research locally and regionally by providing an infrastructure for collaboration and access to clinical populations
  • To support health and social services in the development and evaluation of new and improved models of service delivery for dementia

"I guess it's just me and the partner that I'm with for Time for Dementia, we're very fond of our family. So I think the biggest benefit is meeting them, because they’re a very strong, loving couple, and they're very nice, and I think my life's been kind of enriched by meeting them." – Medical Student

Watch our short video below to find out more about our Time for Dementia programme.

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Time for Dementia

Time for Dementia is a programme to develop, deliver and evaluate an innovative educational initiative, a longitudinal programme in dementia. 

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Read more about DEMQOL, a patient reported outcome measure (PROM) designed to enable the assessment health-related quality of life of people with dementia.

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Dementia Care Improvement Network

The Dementia Care Improvement Network (KSS DCIN) aims to improve dementia care across Kent, Surrey and Sussex by supporting and spreading local innovations and strengthening opportunities to network good practice.

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Join dementia research

Join dementia research is a nationwide online and telephone service that makes it easier for people to register their interest in volunteering for dementia research studies.

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Kent, Surrey and Sussex has the oldest ageing population of any UK region. The number of people aged 65-84 will increase by 33% and those aged 85+ will double by 2030. Regionally, the numbers with dementia are forecast to grow by up to 50% by 2030.

CDS is working closely with Health Education England working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEE KSS) on its dementia programme.

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We also offer an MSc in Dementia Studies aimed at all those involved in the health and care of people with dementia, including those who have been affected by dementia or who care for someone with dementia.

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CDS staff have had their work published in such publications as the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Aging and Mental Health, The Gerontologist, the Journal of Affective Disorder and the British Journal of Psychiatry.

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Find out about our researchers and staff, and get in touch with us.

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Download useful resources and presentations from previous events.

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Data protection

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Hearing about Future Research at the Centre for Dementia Studies.

If you are interested to hear about our current research studies in dementia or you would like to express interest in hearing about upcoming studies, news and events, you can get in touch with a member of the research team using one of the contact methods listed at the end of this statement. 

Our research team is leading and participating in nationally important research into dementia. When you indicate you would like to hear about future research, we will contact you to provide information about research studies, recent news and events.  By agreeing to be contacted in the future, we will collect your name, preferred method of contact (address, email and/or telephone number), and whether you are a person living with dementia or a carer.  We do not pass your name to anyone outside the organisation.

Selected members of our Research Team will contact you to provide information about upcoming research studies, you can then choose to take part if you want to. We will not access your medical notes without your consent.

We will store your data so we can contact you, unless you tell us otherwise.  If at any time you wish to withdraw from our future research contact list, please use one of the contact methods below. Please provide us with your full name in order for us to adjust our records accurately.

To get in touch with the research team, contact:

T: 01273 873 817 
Address: Brighton & Sussex Medical School, Centre for Dementia Studies, Trafford Building, Room 202 University of Sussex, Falmer, BN1 9RY

For information outlining the University’s privacy notice which explains how personal data is managed in accordance with GDPR, click here >



If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter. If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data in a way that is not lawful you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

The Data Protection Officer for the University of Sussex is Alexandra Elliott, Head of Information Management and Compliance. If you have any queries concerning your personal data and how it is processed, contact the Data Protection Officer at