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Dementia Care Mapping™

What is dementia care mapping?

Dementia Care Mapping™ is an established approach to achieving and embedding person-centred care for people with dementia and is 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. At the heart of Dementia Care Mapping™ is the focus on viewing and understanding the perspectives of people living with dementia, something often overlooked in practice. DCM™ enables staff to take the perspective of a person with dementia in reflecting upon and assessing the quality of the care they provide. It empowers staff teams to improve the quality of care for people living with dementia.

DCM™ was 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.

Dementia Care Mapping is an observational framework that 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.


What courses do you have upcoming?

Please click the following link to view and enrol onto a Dementia Care Mapping course:

Each training tile contains full course dates, cost, learning outcomes and terms / conditions.  Once you have decided on which course you wish to attend, please click the blue button ‘Enrol Now’.  You will be asked a few questions in order to reserve your place.  Participants must complete online booking individually. 

There are 12 spaces per course date.  Please note bookings will be on a first come first served basis via our online booking system. 

If you would like to commission a course for your own organisation,

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