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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.

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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.

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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

DCM for Realising Person Centred Care - a course to equip you to use Dementia Care Mapping within your organisation to recognise positive care practices as well as to faciltiate changes in practice where this is required.

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DCM™ for Realising Person Centred Care: Refresher Day

This workshop is designed for people who have completed a course in DCM for Realising Person Centred Care (Version 8) but who feel that they need a refresher on the DCM tool and process.

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

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NEW: Dementia Care MappingTM for Realising Person Centred Care courses delivered online

We are now offering our award winning Dementia Care Mapping™ for Realising Person Centred Care training online using a range of different methods to support your learning including live tutorials on Zoom and self-directed learning using videos, quizzes, reading and discussion forums on our virtual learning environment, Canvas.

The next course will commence on the 3rd May 2021 and we are now taking bookings for this course. The structure of this course is:

  • Week commencing 03/05/20201 – self-directed learning (1.5 hours), watching videos online and making introductions on our virtual learning environment
  • Week commencing 10/05/2021 – 2 x 4.5 hour zoom tutorials (11h and 12th 9:00-13:30) and 4.5 hours self-directed learning in your own time
  • Week commencing 17/05/2021 – 2 x 4.5 hour zoom tutorials (18th and 19th 9:00-13:30) and 4.5 hours self-directed learning in your own time
  • Week commencing 24/05/2021 – 1 x 4.5 hour zoom tutorial (25th 9:00-13:30) with 6-8 hours self-directed learning to complete some Mapping before the final tutorial
  • Week commencing 19/07/2021 – 1 x 4.5 hour zoom tutorial (20th 9:00-13:30)

The cost of the course is £975 per person and includes all online and hard copy training materials; access to our University online learning platform including our online library services; support from our expert Dementia Care Mapping™ trainers for the duration of the course; and a certificate of completion.


If you would like to book a place on the course, please complete the below booking form

DCM™ Online Course Booking Form May 2021

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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