Welcome to Dementia Friendly Kent

Dementia Friendly Kent

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England Centre for Practice Development ( ECPD )


England Centre for Practice Development ( ECPD )

We are a national centre for health related research and development that improves practice and supports community groups and organisations to be person centred and enable people to flourish. We have a real interest in enabling people to live well with chronic health conditions, dementia and at the end of life in different settings. ,

Examples of our work in relation to dementia include:
1. Collaboration with local artists to creatively share the experiences of caring for people with dementia.
2. Regional seminars and workshops sharing best practice and innovations that help people with dementia and their carers.
3. Formal research in acute hospitals, communities and residential homes around creating positive caring environments for people living with dementia.
4. Learning and development programmes designed from scratch to meet the needs of different groups of people.
5. Developing, evaluating and promoting innovations in dementia care.
6. Developing postgraduate research opportunities for people working in the world of dementia care.
7. Providing support to the Dementia & Spirituality Interest Group (DemSig).

We also provide support to health organisations and research communities to take forward initiatives around developing the workforce.

You can contact us in the following ways:

Twitter @ ECPD3
Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/ecpd1



The England Centre for Practice Development undertakes research, practice development and innovation in partnership with patients, carers, families, health professionals and services in order to deliver services and care that is person centered, safe, effective, evidence based and designed around the needs of the individual enabling the person to live well and independently with dementia.

This includes research that aims to improve the quality of care provided for people in hospitals, community services and at home so that they have the support that helps them to live their lives in a supportive environment that values and respects their personhood, quality of life and treats everyone with dignity and respect.

We achieve this regionally through our work with local NHS Trusts (acute and community services), care and nursing homes, charities and hospices as well as nationally through NIHR funded research projects, and with government departments, agencies and professional bodies aiming to transform the knowledge and skills of our current and future workforces to enable the right support mechanisms and programmes of learning to be put in place to transform the quality of lives impacted by dementia.  It is very important to us to be involved in developing dementia friendly communities and services that are inclusive and that promote the sharing of best practice.

Internationally we achieve this through our international dementia networks with scholars, academics, researchers and communities through the International Community of Practice for End of Life Care with colleagues in Australasia, Japan, USA, Europe and the four countries of the UK.


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