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Dementia Care Mapping™

Dementia Care Mapping™ is an established approach to achieving and embedding person-centred care for people with dementia, recognised by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. 

For over 20 years it has been used by care practitioners to improve quality of life for people living with dementia in a range of care settings, including care homes and hospitals.

Dementia Care Mapping™ prepares staff to take the perspective of the person with dementia in assessing the quality of the care they provide. It empowers staff teams to engage in evidence-based critical reflection in order to improve the quality of care for people living with dementia.

More about DCM

Training in DCM is provided by University of Bradford approved trainers, and by our partner organisations in more than 10 countries. Developed at the University of Bradford by the late Professor Tom Kitwood, it has been revised and updated at regular intervals.

The Dementia Care Mapping cycle provides an ongoing evidence base for developing person-centred practice and achieving practice change and includes these phases.

Dementia Care Mapping can be used for different purposes including:

  • quality monitoring and improvement
  • individual assessment and care planning
  • review of key times of the day
  • staff development and training needs analysis.

It has been used as part of a developmental, supervisory framework for staff who support people living in their own homes, and with other vulnerable groups of people who have communication difficulties.

Introduction to DCM

International strategic partnerships

Find out who we work with internationally and what training or research we have done with them.

International strategic partners >>

Sue Blackmore shares her experience of DCM™ for Realising Person Centred Care.

Hear from more of our DCM™ for Realising Person Centred Care course participants:

DCM™ for Leading Practice Change

This four-day course supports participants to develop advanced leadership skills to enable the use of DCM™ to effectively change practice within health and social care organisations.

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DCM™ for Realising Person Centred Care

A four day course which equips you to use Dementia Care Mapping™ within your organisation.

Find out more.

DCM™ for Realising Person Centred Care: Refresher Day

We deliver a range of on-demand training courses, from a one day foundation level course to a three day intermediate level course.

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Dementia Care Mapping Data Sheets

These data sheets are props to be used for people we have trained to carry out Dementia Care Mapping ™ in their organisations.

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Contact us

Professor Murna Downs 
Chair in Dementia Studies

Tel: +44 (0)1274 233996
Fax: +44 (0) 1274 236395