The design, delivery and impact of a Tier 1 Dementia Awareness training package delivered in the Thames Valley Region in England, UK

P Zaagman, M Makaza, Jackie Parkes, Alison Ward, H Loveday, Jane Youell, J Fairbain Platt

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePosterpeer-review


Objectives: As part of Health Education England’s (HEE) response to the 2014 Mandate, Health Education England Thames Valley (HEETV) commissioned four universities to undertake a multi-phase project. The University of West London, Oxford Brookes University, University of Bedfordshire and University of Northampton became partners in the Dementia Academic Action Group (DAAG). Phase 1 of the project consisted of a Scoping Review, reported through a poster at the 2016 ADI. This poster will focus on Phase 2 (design and delivery of the training package) and Phase 3 (evaluation of the impact of training). The DAAG has developed evidence based and quality assured training package based on recognised National UK standards such as Skills for Health Dementia Training Standards (2015). It has also been validated by the Alzheimer Society as meeting the standards for Dementia Friend’s training, and participants are eligible to register as a Dementia Friend on completion of the training. The package is mostly delivered in a 2 hour
session, but can also be taken through 8 separate units of learning. A total of 1471 people attended the standard 2 hour training, delivered through 84 different sessions in 34 different venues across the region. Attendees represented a wide range of professionals, from porters, cooks and cleaners to nurses, pharmacists, therapists and doctors. Some sessions were uni- professional but, most had a professionally mixed audience. The number of trainees per session varied from 3 to 112. Subsequent to the training, quantitative and qualitative data was collected through evaluation questionnaires, combined with follow up online questionnaires and individual face to face or telephone interviews 6 weeks after the event. Over 85% of respondents to the follow up questionnaires and interviews reported improved skills, attitudes and confidence in working with people with dementia following the training. 70.2% indicated that they had been able to transfer some of what they had learned in the training to practice. Sustainability was ensured through the development of a trainers guide and ‘train the trainers’ events. The Tier 1 dementia awareness training package is now available for free from the Health Education England website,
and it’s ongoing use is subject to continuing evaluation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2017
Event32nd International Conference of Alzheimer's Disease International - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 26 Apr 2017 → …


Conference32nd International Conference of Alzheimer's Disease International
Period26/04/17 → …
Internet address


  • Dementia
  • Training
  • Education
  • Health professionals


Dive into the research topics of 'The design, delivery and impact of a Tier 1 Dementia Awareness training package delivered in the Thames Valley Region in England, UK'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this