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Time for dementia

Time for Dementia

About us

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

Time for Dementia is a ground breaking dementia educational programme led by the Brighton and Sussex Medical School as part of a multi stakeholder collaboration between teaching colleagues, undergraduate healthcare students, families living with dementia, researchers, administrators, Alzheimer’s Society and other universities. 

Since its inception in 2015, the programme is embedded in the dementia curriculum at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Surrey and the University of Brighton. Students at the University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church University started the programme in 2018. In 2020/21 the University of Exeter and University of Plymouth will launch Time for Dementia.


Covid-19 update

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

 “…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.”  - Time for Dementia student
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Time for Dementia is a highly ambitious programme and is leading the way in terms of a mandatory component of the curricula in Dementia education.   

The concept of Time for Dementia was conceived to provide undergraduate healthcare students with understanding, empathy, knowledge and compassion to support families living with dementia in the future.

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The Time for Dementia programme is a new method of training students and research is being carried out to assess outcomes with students and families taking part.  

The research component is an optional aspect of the programme and is offered to all students and families taking part. There are two phases to the research, Phase 1; Initial evaluation and Phase 2; Evaluation of the iterative development of Time for Dementia programme.

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The Time for Dementia team have had their work published in several different health care journals. New papers will be listed here as they are published. 

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News, awards and testimonials

Updates on the latest news, events and awards.

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Meet the team 

Find out more about the Time for Dementia team.

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The Time for Dementia team have made several films about the programme, including views from the student participant perspective and from the family participant perspective. Watch this film about Time for Dementia participants Ellen and her mother Jane and BSMS student Jaewon.

Contact us

Information for families

Queries from families living with dementia about taking part in the Time for Dementia programme should be directed to Lauren Wonnacott, Network Manager, on or 07713 779582.

Research queries

Queries about the research element of the Time for Dementia programme should be directed to Dr Stephanie Daley, Evaluation Lead, on

Other queries

All other queries can be emailed to Denise Roden, Project Officer, on