Applied Dementia Studies

The Centre for Applied Dementia Studies is making a substantial on-going contribution to dementia research, education, scholarships and training.  We are creating leaders in health and social care through undergraduate and postgraduate distance learning programmes in applied dementia studies. We undertake landmark research, with funding from the Medical Research Council, the National Institute of Health Research, the Department of Health and the Alzheimer's Society.  We are developing the next generation of applied dementia research leaders through our Alzheimer's Society funded Doctoral Training Centre on Improving Transitions in Dementia Care.


Whether you are working or volunteering with people with dementia and their families, joining us at the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies can help you take the next step in developing your knowledge, skills and practice.

The Centre for Applied Dementia Studies is an internationally renowned leader in the field of dementia care; our education, training and research influence current policy and practice.

Our education programmes:

  • Enhance knowledge and understanding regarding the latest evidence in dementia care
  • Afford students the skills to facilitate change within their within their own practice
  • Are research informed and delivered by tutors who are active in research or practice in the field of dementia care

Doctoral Training Centre

The Bradford DTC is one of eight specialist doctoral training centres around the country that are funded by the Alzheimer’s Society as part of its investment in future research leaders.

Doctoral studies at Bradford focus on improving care, health and wellbeing at points of transition for people affected by dementia.  We are interested in improving transitions in the level and location of care.

The Centre aims to build research capacity in dementia, creating the future leaders that dementia research needs. The Centre will further enhance the University’s international reputation for applied person-centred dementia care and services research by funding seven PhD students to develop new ways to support people with dementia and their families and improve the quality of dementia care at times of transition.

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My professional practice has developed due to the theory learnt on the course and applying it to practice. I have learnt the skills of reading and writing academically. My thought processes and perceptions have changed since commencing this course. I now have more confidence in my own abilities. Dementia studies student

Dementia training and consultancy

We provide a suite of person-centred care training courses to a range of organisations across the UK, including:

  • primary care
  • acute hospital trusts
  • large and small care home organisations
  • domiciliary care services
  • hospices

We also provide a range of consultancy services and support to organisations, in order to identify areas for development and develop realistic plans to improve care practices in dementia care.

Dementia research

The Centre for Applied Dementia Studies is one of the UK’s leading centres for psychosocial research into living well with, and caring well for, people with dementia and their families.

We have over 20 years experience of high quality pioneering research underpinned by the values of person-centred care.

Our research aims to make a difference to the lives of people with dementia by influencing policy and practice. We have a major impact through, for example:

  • Our model of Person-Centred Care (PCC), proposed by Professor Tom Kitwood in the 1990s and still developing and evolving. The model is widely accepted nationally and internationally, and embedded in policy such as National Institute of Clinical Excellence Guidelines 
  • Our observational measure and practice development methodology, Dementia Care Mapping (DCM). Since 2008, 3616 practitioners have been trained in DCM in the UK and a further 3189 internationally. DCM is endorsed by the National Audit Office, and regulators use our DCM derivative, the Short Observational Framework for Inspection (SOFI) to audit care


  • Our co-editing of the landmark text book, Excellence in Dementia Care, now in its second edition

Our areas of research focus include Living Well with Dementia and Improving the Quality of Care for People with Dementia.

Living Well with Dementia reflects research interest in the experience, for the person and their family, of living with dementia from diagnosis through to end-of-life, including experience of rarer, and young onset dementias.

Our research has received funding from a range of organisations including the ERSC, MRC, NIHR, Alzheimer Society and Department of Health.

We have a growing number of doctoral students across the Faculty exploring aspects of Dementia including those sponsored by BUPA and the Alzheimer Society. The Centre for Applied Dementia Studies convenes a monthly applied inter-disciplinary dementia meeting with visiting speakers from partners internationally, nationally and regionally.

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Experts by experience

The involvement of people affected by dementia, their families, health care professionals and volunteers is vital in all our work.

Our Experts by Experience group work together with us in research, education and training. There are a range of opportunities for people to get involved in which include:

  • Teaching, developing, assessing or evaluating the courses we provide
  • Advising us and working with us on the development and in carrying out current and future research
  • Working with us to improve dementia care
  • Raising awareness and challenging stigma

Everyone is welcome to become and Expert by Experience and we are committed to involving people with dementia from diagnosis onwards. We are particularly keen to recruit people whose lives have been touched by dementia but whose voices are less often heard, including women, people over 80, members of the black, Asian, Eastern European, those who live in care homes and other local communities, and members of LGBT groups.

We hold regular events at the University and in the community and can meet new members at home or a place where they feel comfortable. We also send out a newsletter which includes an update on the work of the Centre.

For more information on how to get involved contact Clare Mason or email

Meet some of our experts by experience

Michael Andrews

Michael has worked with us to develop new online training materials for Health Education England which is available to all NHS staff. He has also been involved in Face to Face teaching of GP’s on our Practitioner’s with a special interest course.

Sue Bradbury

Sue has worked with us advising on our Journeying through Dementia research study and has been involved in Face to Face teaching and interviewing University staff.

Queens Anniversary Prize: person-centred dementia care

The University of Bradford has been presented with a coveted Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its world-leading work to improve the lives of people living with dementia.


Meet the team

Contact us


Postal address

The Centre for Applied Dementia Studies
Faculty of Health Studies
University of Bradford
Richmond Road

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