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Brighton & Sussex Medical School

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.


update for 2020-21

We are very pleased to be able to offer a virtual Time for Dementia experience in this new academic year 2020-21.

Families and students who met prior to lockdown will continue their contact by phone or video calls. A different learning experience, but still an opportunity to gain vital understanding of dementia in these difficult times. 

New students starting Time for Dementia this academic year will meet in groups of 10, with the same family once per term via a facilitated video call to learn the real impact of dementia directly from the experts. 

The team would like to say a huge thank you to all the Time for Dementia families, who have been amazing at adapting to the virtual delivery of the programme and embracing the opportunities to meet with students over the phone or by video calls to share their experiences.

 “…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.

more on our Dementia Education Programme >


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.

more on the Time for Dementia Research Programme >



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. 

Dementia team publications  >

Group photo of all of the staff on the dementia team


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 our latest film here.

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