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News and events

The latest news, events, awards and testimonials about Time for Dementia.


Latest news

November 2020

A new cohort of University of Brighton Nursing students are inducted into the Time for Dementia programme. An existing Brighton Nursing cohort will be starting their virtual visits with families and students doing Physiotherapy will also start their Time for Dementia virtual visits this month.

October 2020

Year 3 students at BSMS have been re-introduced to Time for Dementia and the new format. This group of students will mostly be staying in contact with their allocated families by telephone or video call, once per term. 

October 2020

Year 2 students at BSMS are inducted into the Time for Dementia programme on 8 October. Students will soon start holding their “virtual visits” with families – groups of 10 students meet virtually with a Time for Dementia family in a facilitated online session, once per term. 

Time for dementia students in an online session

The Time for Dementia team having a de-brief after the student session.

October 2020

Nursing and Paramedic Science students at University of Surrey are inducted into the Time for Dementia programme. They will be holding their first 'virtual visit' with families in October 2020.

News archive  

March 2020

In light of the Government guidance on Covid-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to suspend all face-to-face student, research & Alzheimer’s Society visits until further notice.

Where possible, students are being asked to complete their next family visit via the telephone.
Over the coming weeks the team at Alzheimer’s Society will be contacting all Time for Dementia

Families by phone to offer ensure families welfare and offer any signposting.

For information on Time for Dementia please contact: or For general information or support contact Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Connect Support Line on 0333 150 3456 or

February 2020

Time for Dementia at Brighton & Sussex Medical School clocks up more than 1,400 student visits since the start of the programme in 2015. Members of the Time for Dementia team travelled to University of Plymouth to introduce the Medicine and Nursing teams there to the programme.
The Time for Dementia Programme Board met to discuss the progress of the programme at all five sites. The fifth cohort of Nursing and Paramedic students is inducted into the programme at University of Surrey. The first cohort of January intake Nursing students is inducted into the programme at University of Brighton.

January 2020

The third cohort of Occupational Therapy students at the University of Brighton is inducted into the programme

December 2019

The second cohort of nursing students at Canterbury Christ Church University are inducted into the programme.

BSMS in conjunction with medical student Aparnaa Velayudhan, run an art competition for medical students on the theme of health as part of Aparnaa's The Brush on a Mission charity. Many of the entires drew on the students' experiences of dementia and the winning entry won a £250 prize. The top three entries will be printed on notebooks which Aparnaa is selling, with all proceeds going to Alzheimer;s Society -

November 2019

The second cohort of students at University of Greenwich are inducted into the programme. This includes Nursing, Paramedic and Speech & Language Therapy students.

The Time for Dementia Pathway Leads from University of Surrey, University of Brighton, University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church University meet with the BSMS team to review the Implementation Manual which will be used by other universities to help them set up Time for Dementia as part of their own courses.

The third cohort of Physiotherapy students a University of Brighton are inducted into the programme.

Two members of the Time for Dementia team gave a talk on the programme at the 14th UK Dementia Congress 2019, held in Doncaster.

The first Time for Dementia Family Advisory Group is held in Surrey with participant families from the University of Surrey. The group discussed different aspects of the programme and made some great suggestions on how to improve the students' preparation. Their suggestions will go to the Time for Dementia Programme Board in December 2019.

October 2019

The sixth cohort of medical students at Brighton & Sussex Medical School are inducted into the programme.

Members of the Time for Dementia team present at the 29th Alzheimer's Europe Conference.

Members of the Time for Dementia team from Alzheimer's Society speak live in Radio Burgess Hill about the Time for Dementia programme.

Radiography students from Canterbury Christ Church University take part in a research focus group on Time for Dementia.

September 2019

Time for Dementia is included in the World Alzheimer's Report 2019. This includes comments from a Nursing student and a person living with dementia. on their experience of Time for Dementia.

Chris Maddocks, a family particpant, speaks to CBS news about the World Alzheimer's Report and Time for Dementia.

21st September marks World Alzheimer's Day. The Time for Dementia team mark this by launching it's new website.

The Time for Dementia team present the programme at the Royal College of Nursing Research Event 2019 in Sheffield.

August 2019

One of our Time for Dementia PhD students presents their research at the AMEE 2019 Conference.

The number of families involved in Time for Dementia since 2015 hits 1,200.

Stephanie Daley's paper on recovery and older people's mental health services is published.

Time for Dementia's Twitter account reaches 1,000 followers.

July 2019

The Time for Dementia team at Alzheimer's Society work hard to recruit all the families needed to start our new cohorts of students in the 2019/2020 academic year.

June 2019
BSMS is preparing for its next cohort of students and participant families to start the Time for Dementia programme in October 2019. When asked if they would like to continue with a new set of students, more than two thirds of families from the previous cohort said yes. This is a great indication of how much our participant families enjoy taking part in the programme. We are also extremely grateful to all the families for making the programme possible by agreeing to take part.  

May 2019 
The Time for Dementia team marked Dementia Action Week 2019 by creating 188 new Dementia Friends amongst the students and staff across the five university sites.

Time for Dementia featured in the BBC One South East Today programme, lunchtime news.

BSMS marked the end of their fourth cohort of students and families by holding the BSMS Time for Dementia Symposium. This was attended by 121 students and 14 people living with dementia and their carers. The day included a presentation from Professor Sube Banerjee on the findings of the evaluation so far, a question and answer session with a lovely family involved in the Time for Dementia programme and small group workshops where both students and family participants got the chance to share and reflect on their experiences of taking part in the programme.

April 2019 
A beautiful picture painted by one of BSMS’ medical students and inspired by the family she met on the Time for Dementia programme was hung in the BSMS Teaching Building at University of Sussex. 

February 2019
Student nurses at University of Surrey were inducted into the Time for Dementia programme.



Time for Dementia is a multi-award winning programme. 

Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence, November 2018, Winner.

Health Service Journal Awards, November 2017, Winner in Improving Outcomes through Learning and Development category.

Sussex Partnership Trust Positive Practice Awards, November 2017, Silver award in Quality and Innovation category 

Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards, October 2017, Winner in Improving Access and Outcomes category, Highly Commended in Integration of Physical and Mental Health category and Highly Commended in Older people’s Mental Health and dementia category.

Royal College of Physicians Excellence in Patient Care Awards, March 2017, Finalist in Medical Education and Training category.

Laing Buisson Awards, November 2016, Winner in Excellence in Training category. 

National Dementia Care Awards, October 2016, Winner in Best Dementia Training Initiative Category


Student feedback 

"…just because someone has dementia doesn’t mean that they’re, you know, that they’re not clever or they don't have a sense of humour or they don't understand what you’re saying to them." 

"Because someone’s got dementia, it doesn’t mean, you know, that they can’t communicate, it just means you really have to find different ways of going about that."

“Getting to know people experiencing dementia in their own home - quite a deep learning experience.” 

"Spending time with the family and understanding the patient’s personal narrative and how living with dementia has shaped her psychologically and socially."

"I previously placed too much emphasis on the medical treatment of dementia. The psychosocial aspects of care may actually have the biggest impact on quality of life and outcomes for the patient."



Family feedback 

"With the problems we’ve had hospital and nurses not listening to me, not understanding about his dementia, if people can be caught early in their careers and are made aware of that, those problems shouldn’t keep repeating." (Carer)

"I feel that whatever we do or say, they will learn something from it, from me." (Person with Dementia)

"It is nice to sort of, actually talk about things that are happening and how you feel, so yes, I do feel some benefit." (Carer) 

Many families were very happy with the students who visited, describing them as "Encouraging to see medical students with the right attitude and optimistic about the future." 

"I wasn't disappointed with it at all, I thought the students were extremely sort of thorough, they were very understanding, it was fun to be with them, I used to look forward to their visits and I know [wife] did." 

"And there's something in my life now, you know, more in my life now than there has been."