All staff will be given training about dementia relative to their level of interaction.

All staff that you have contact with, are provided with the relevant training to be able to offer you the assistance and support that you may require.
For extra information, evidence and best practice please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Regional offerings

Greater Manchester's Ageing Hub

Greater Manchester's Ageing Hub aims to improve the lives of older people across the city-region, so that residents are able to contribute to and benefit from sustained prosperity and enjoy a good quality of life.
Working with partners we set up the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub to respond to the opportunities and challenges of an ageing population in our city region, focusing on reducing inequalities and ageing well.

We want to improve the lives of older people in Greater Manchester, so that residents are able to contribute to and benefit from sustained prosperity and enjoy a good quality of life.
Sign up to the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub newsletter for regular information about our work.
Greater Manchester's Ageing Hub

Latest News

Find out the latest news and updates across the Ageing Hub and Age Friendly Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester's Ageing Hub

The Ageing Hub Blog

A new space for the team to keep you updated on what's happening in the world of ageing

Greater Manchester's Ageing Hub

The Ageing In Place Pathfinder

The AIPP is working to make sure older people's voices are heard and valued in the places they live.

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The Ageing Hub Digest

The Ageing Hub Digest sets out our thinking across key areas of activity. Economy and work, housing and planning, transport, culture, age-friendly places and healthy ageing are essential for Ageing well. We hope that by sharing what we are doing in Greater Manchester we will encourage more policy makers, practitioners and citizens to embrace this important agenda.

Read about the Ageing Hub Digest online (Issuu, external site)

Clinical Networks for Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire

Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Strategic Clinical Networks (GMEC SCNs) was established in April 2016 to provide clinical leadership and advice to improve health and care services in the region. We work in partnership with commissioners (including local government) to support their decision making and strategic planning.
Weblink: NHS England and NHS Improvement North West:

Delirium Toolkits in Greater Manchester; Dementia United

The Greater Manchester delirium toolkits were designed for health and social care staff to use to help them identify and manage delirium in people over the age of 18 and not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They are based on national evidence and include resources and training for both professionals and people with delirium and their families.

Dementia Wellbeing Plan for Greater Manchester; Dementia United

The Greater Manchester dementia wellbeing plan promotes personalised planning conversations with people living with dementia and carers about their needs and wants. The plan ensures an improved standard of care planning for people living with dementia and also facilitates sharing across the system. It will be available as a standardised plan which can be accessed and shared digitally between practitioners; as well as being available from the website for people affected by dementia to be using when having person centred care plan reviews

Dementia United

Working towards improving the quality of life for people living with dementia or caring for someone who has dementia, supporting people to live as independently as possible and providing access to services when needed.

End of Life Care in Greater Manchester for People With Dementia

A syllabus was agreed with input from health and care professionals and carers, using evidence based good practice literature. The syllabus is to ensure consistency across Greater Manchester but individual educators will deliver in a way suitable for their locality's way of working. This is supported by the Rules of Thumb guide and a leaflet to start the conversations about end of life 'Let's talk about death'.
Rules of Thumb Guide:
Greater Manchester syllabus for training on end of life care of those with dementia:

Greater Manchester Combined Local Authority

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority(GMCA) is made up of the ten Greater Manchester councils and Mayor, who work with other local services, businesses, communities and other partners to improve the city-region.

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

Having taken charge of our own health and social care spending, we’re now working together to improve the health, wealth and wellbeing of the 2.8 million people living here.

GP Excellence in Greater Manchester

We are the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership's GP excellence programme.
Quality Improvement toolkits:
GP Excellence website for Greater Manchester:

Housing for People Living With Dementia in Greater Manchester - From Policy to Practice

The report and recommendations within it are part of an extensive period of consultation over the past 18 months and including more than 250 stakeholders across housing, health and social care in Greater Manchester, alongside people with lived experience of dementia, carers and loved ones.

Mental Health Programme for Greater Manchester

We’re working across Greater Manchester to improve the mental health and wellbeing of individuals and their families, supported by resilient communities, inclusive employers and services that maximise independence and choice. A wide range of resources and links provided, for your are as well as including Covid resources.
In your area - Mental Health:
Mental Health, Improving mental health services:

Young Onset and Rarer Forms of Dementia

It is estimated there are over 42,000 people in the UK diagnosed with young onset dementia (a diagnosis received under the age of 65). Having young onset dementia brings unique challenges. We are lucky to have a specialist diagnostic centre at the Salford Cerebral Function Unit however referrals from across Greater Manchester vary. People under the age of 65 are more likely to still be working and possibly have younger families and financial commitments. As young onset dementia is rare compared to dementia over the age of 65, services are often not age appropriate.

Dementia Awareness Community training package

A dementia diagnosis can bring with it many changes and challenges. But arguably one of the hardest challenges is the isolation that can come with loss of confidence and difficulties accessing community resources; whether that’s accessing a leisure centre for a morning swim, visiting a local art group, or having a nice meal out.

There is growing evidence to suggest that art, music and leisure activities can offer physical and psychological benefits to those living with a dementia and their care partners, benefits which can improve their brain health and help them maintain independence for longer: (

This is why Trafford and Wigan councils have come together with Dementia United and GreaterSport to fund an exciting piece of work which will empower community groups, businesses and leisure providers to support people living with cognitive impairment and dementia in their communities.

Working in partnership, Made by Mortals and Together Dementia Support have developed an immersive training experience co-produced and shaped by people living with dementia and their care partners.

The complete training package can be accessed here: This resource includes an immersive audio experience and PDF training materials. Dementia United are currently seeking expressions of interest from localities who would like to work with us to coordinate a train the trainer package for their communities, this will include a 3 to 4-hour workshop hosted by instructors with significant training and dementia experience and individuals who have lived experience of dementia.


The IDoService project aims to develop a service for people living with mild to moderate dementia. The service will help them to continue to be part of society. You can find more information here:


What we did
  • Created a toolkit to support mosques and temples to become dementia friendly
  • Co-produced awareness resources
  • Delivered training sessions for South Asian communities to understand the signs and symptoms of dementia.
The resources were co-produced with local voluntary and community sector groups including: Communities for All, Indian Senior Citizens Group, Bangladeshi Women’s Organisation, North Manchester Black Health Forum, Ethnic Health Forum, Together for Dementia and representatives of temples and mosques; Shree Radha Krishna Mandir Temple, Khizra Mosque, Victoria Mosque and Didsbury Mosque.
We worked with the Alzheimer’s Society to deliver some dementia awareness sessions to local groups who support people from South Asian communities.
We developed a set of ‘Through the eyes of dementia’ videos:
  • A short video for mosques, temples, GP practices and on social media to help people understand some of the signs and symptoms of dementia
  • A longer video for people who’ve been diagnosed with dementia. This video shows real life stories and explains the value of obtaining support from GPs, the Alzheimer’s Society, dementia nurses, social services, mental health trusts and voluntary and community sector organisations
Both videos are available in: English with no subtitles, English subtitles long, English subtitles short. Also the videos are available in  Urdu, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi, BSL.
For this purpose, we developed leaflets and posters:
  • Provide information about the signs and symptoms of dementia, other causes of memory loss. Specifically, we offer information about the importance of living a healthy life and managing diabetes and other long term illnesses.
  • Promote awareness of support services available in Manchester and tips for carers.
  • Support places of worships to become dementia friendly.
  • Raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of dementia.
Evaluation results
It’s evident that there’s a need to continue engaging with these communities to provide dementia awareness. Additionally, we need to promote the materials created to address and reduce the stigma of dementia in South Asian communities. During the dementia awareness sessions a number of people from the South Asian communities expressed an interest in becoming a dementia champion.
  • Follow up on the interest expressed in becoming a dementia champion with online training sessions being offered in partnership with South Asian voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.
  • Link in to existing South Asian communications channels (Asian Sound radio, local TV channels and mosques and temples) to promote awareness of symptoms of dementia and cultural support available.
  • Continue to engage with South Asian communities to provide dementia awareness sessions, question and answer sessions and to promote the materials created
  • Consider how culturally appropriate commissioned dementia services are and how they both understand concerns from the BAME community and respond to their needs
  • Develop a communications plan to support the team to continue to share the resources.

National offerings

Age UK

Age UK is the country's leading charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. Providing advice, support, information, fundraising, local services
Telephone: Advice line 0800 678 1602 free to call 8am - 7pm 365 days of the year

Alzheimer's Research UK

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK's leading dementia research charity, dedicated to causes, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. Backed by our passionate scientists and supporters, we’re challenging the way people think about dementia, uniting the big thinkers in the field and funding the innovative science that will deliver a cure.

Alzheimer’s Society

The Alzheimer’s Society provides reliable and up to date information to help you with every aspect of living with dementia.
Telephone: National Dementia Helpline: 0300 222 1122. Open 9.00am. – 5.00pm. Monday to Friday & 10.00am. – 4.00pm. Saturday and Sunday.

Dementia Friends

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition. You can attend a face to face, virtual session or watch online the video. There are resources to access and you can search for Dementia Friends training/groups in your area.

Dementia UK

Dementia UK is a national charity, committed to improving quality of life for all people affected by dementia. They provide Admiral Nurses, who work with family members and carers in all care settings along with a helpline for family members or carers who would welcome accessing advice and support.
Telephone: 0800 88 6678

NHS England Dementia

Dementia is a key priority for both NHS England and the Government. NHS England's work includes:
  • Developing an access and waiting time standard for dementia, so people with dementia have equal access to diagnosis as for other conditions; setting the national average for an initial assessment
  • Achieving and maintaining the dementia diagnosis rate. NHS England agreed a national ambition for diagnosis rates that two thirds of the estimated number of people with dementia in England should have a diagnosis with appropriate post-diagnostic support
  • Post diagnostic care and support; as there has been substantial progress on diagnosis, NHS England will focus on improving post-diagnostic support
Other organisations and sectors are crucial to helping NHS England deliver improvements to services for those with dementia and their carers. NHS England are working in collaboration with: Alzheimer’s Society, Public Health England, Department of Health, ADASS, Care UK, clinical commissioning groups, GP practices, Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Psychiatrists, amongst other stakeholders to develop NHS England’s five year transformation plan for people with dementia.
NHS England have developed a Dementia Well Pathway which outlines standards across all aspects of the Pathway from prevention, diagnosing, supporting, living and dying well.
The NHS England dementia-well-pathway can be accessed here:
You can access the NHS England dementia programme of work here:

NICE Dementia Guidance

This guideline brings together all the research and evidence which covers assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support. It is for people at risk of developing dementia, people who are referred for assessment, people living with dementia as well as being for family and friends and health and social care staff and commissioners. It aims to improve care by making recommendations on standards people should expect to receive from their assessment, care and support as well as on training.
We have provided links to the NICE guideline for dementia and a further link is provided to guidance on how to delay or prevent the onset of dementia.
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) NG16 (2015) Dementia, disability and frailty in later life – mid-life approaches to delay or prevent onset:
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) (2019) Dementia: assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and their carers:

Social Care Institute for Clinical Excellence - End of Life Care Resources

When a person is living with advanced stages of dementia, all areas of human ability are severely compromised. They have to rely on others for social engagement, occupation and activities of daily living. This section looks at what it's like to live with advanced dementia, communication and the impact on carers.
Carers’ needs - End-of-life care and dementia:
Advanced Dementia:
End of life care - dying at home:

Think Local Act Personal (TLAP)

TLAP are a national partnership of more than 50 organisations committed to transforming health and care through personalisation and community-based support. Personalised care and support planning (PCSP) is a systematic process based around 'better conversations' between the person and their health and social care practitioners. The overall aim is to identify what is most important to each person for them to achieve a good life and ensure that the support they receive is designed and coordinated around their desired outcomes.

Young Dementia UK

Support for young onset dementia (under 65); providing relevant information and also shares individual stories. This is also part of Dementia UK.
Telephone: Dementia UK Telephone: 0800 88 6678


Healthwatch is your health and social care champion. If you use GPs and hospitals, dentists, pharmacies, care homes or other support services, we want to hear about your experiences. As an independent statutory body, we have the power to make sure NHS leaders and other decision makers listen to your feedback and improve standards of care. Last year we helped nearly a million people like you to have your say and get the information and advice you need.
Telephone: Call: 03000 683 000 between the hours of 08:30 – 17:30 Monday to Friday

Eating and Drinking well: supporting people living with dementia

This training film is the outcome of a two year research project by Bournemouth University, funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing. It highlights to carers how to improve their practice and develop their knowledge and skills to provide better eating and drinking for people living with dementia. It is linked with a workbook that is available from Bournemouth University National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work (

Films can be accessed here:

ADAPT South Asian Dementia Pathway

ADAPT South Asian Dementia Pathway sets out to create an online toolkit of culturally appropriate assessments and interventions. The toolkit supports people from South Asian communities across the dementia care pathway. Starting in January 2021, the aim of the study is to identify elements of the toolkit that can be drawn upon by commissioners, clinicians and care teams to meet the needs of people from South Asian communities who are living with dementia.
ADAPT South Asian Dementia Pathway toolkit consists of two sections.

1. The dementia care pathway

This section deals with three stages of the dementia care pathway: dementia awarenessdementia diagnosis and assessment; and interventions for people living with dementia and their families. 

2. Working better together

Good dementia care often involves large organisations like the NHS and smaller voluntary or community-based organisations working together. Where these collaborations work well, they enable the resources of health and social care professionals to be used effectively by taking into account the language, spiritual, and cultural needs of different communities. However, we know that it is not always easy for organisations to work together. Formal and voluntary organisations can have very different approaches and priorities, and this can create difficulties and tensions. One aim of our study was to identify what these tensions were, and to find ways of overcoming these. 
Roughly 25,000 people from ethnic minority communities live with dementia in the UK. The largest single grouping are people whose origins are from South Asian countries. People from South Asian communities are at greater risk of developing dementia. However, they are less likely to access all points of the dementia care pathway. They are more likely to present in crisis and/or at a later stage in this community.
There are also differences in how people from south Asian communities use dementia services. People from south Asian communities are more likely to miss or misinterpret their Dementia symptoms .  Moreover, they often have less access to NICE recommended treatments including medication. They are more likely to rely on local, ethnic group-led community organisations for support. All of these differences mean that south Asians with dementia are often disadvantaged compared to their white counterparts.

The UK network of dementia voices - DEEP:

The UK network of dementia voices brings together resources we have produced with DEEP groups, as well as resources they have produced independently.

It also includes resources we have produced for DEEP groups, to help them run more smoothly and more effectively.

Understanding dementia

Understanding dementia Leaflet is also available in alternative formats and additional languages. Please email: or call 0161 213 1750 for more information.
What is dementia? In South Asian communities there is not a single word that describes dementia. Dementia is a set of symptoms that may include problems remembering, speaking and understanding. Dementia is a medical condition and not a natural part of ageing.
There is often a misunderstanding that dementia is a punishment for something that has happened in a past life or as a result of black magic. These beliefs often mean a delay in diagnosis but it is really important to get an early diagnosis so you and help with managing this condition.
Can we prevent dementia? We don’t yet understand dementia well enough to know if it can be prevented and researchers are still investigating how the disease develops. However, there’s good evidence that a healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk.
Memory assessment If a GP is concerned about the possibility of dementia they may recommend a memory test. If needed they may make a referral to the memory assessment service. Interpreters can be requested for any GP or hospital appointment.
This leaflet is also available in alternative formats and additional languages. Please email: or call 0161 213 1750 for more information.

Dementia risk factors and prevention

Some things can increase your risk of getting dementia, including your age, genes and lifestyle. There are also ways you can reduce your risk.

There are also ways you can reduce your risk.
There are different types of risk factors for dementia, including medical, lifestyle and environmental factors. It is possible to avoid some risk factors, while others cannot be controlled.
Around 1 in 4 people aged 55 years and over has a close birth relative with dementia. Find out what part genes play in dementia and how genetics can affect the risk of developing the condition.
Although getting older is the biggest risk factor for dementia, evidence shows there are things you can do to help reduce your own risk. These include keeping active, eating healthily and exercising your mind.

Air pollution has been a focus of several studies on cognitive impairment and dementia risk. There is evidence that tiny air pollution particles can enter the brain, but at this time we can’t say if they play a role in the development of dementia. There is a strong case for further research into the effect of air pollution on brain health.

Alcohol consumption in excess has well-documented negative effects on both short- and long-term health, one of which is brain damage that can lead to Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.

There are different types of antioxidant, each of which has a slightly different role. We explain the general term 'antioxidants' and provide guidance around their potential benefits in relation to dementia.

Brain training includes activities to challenge the brain, such as crosswords, Sudoku puzzles and bespoke computer games. Here we discuss the evidence and the claims made by commercial game providers.

We explore the effect of caffeine, and by extension coffee, to establish whether there is a link between this and developing dementia.

Research suggests a possible connection between high cholesterol and dementia.

Though studies have been done on the possibility of cinnamon preventing dementia, clinical trials are needed to assess its effect on people with dementia. Cinnamon is not recommended as a prevention or treatment for Alzheimer's disease or dementia as it can be toxic. Some of the extracts of cinnamon may warrant investigation to try and establish new treatments.

The genetics behind Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia is complex, and DNA testing kits like 23andme cannot tell the complete story about a person's risk of developing the condition.

Some research does suggest traumatic brain injuries may increase the risk of dementia. However, there is still much more research to be done to understand this complex issue, particularly in relation to contact sports like football (soccer) and rugby.

A lifelong approach to good health is the best way to lower your risk of dementia. Learn more about the effects of high blood pressure and the risk factors of dementia.

Learn about hormones and other reasons women may be more likely to develop dementia than men.

Several infections have been suggested to increase risk of Alzheimer's disease, but the evidence behind it is not clear cut.
Evidence shows that a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and cereals, and low in red meat and sugar could help reduce dementia risks.

The ability of metals from food or cookware to cause Alzheimer's disease is a regular concern in the news. Here's the evidence behind the presence of metals such as copper, zinc, iron and aluminium.
It is often said that fish is 'brain food', and you may have read the speculation that omega-3 in the diet can help reduce your risk of dementia by improving heart and brain health.

Of all the lifestyle changes that have been studied, taking regular physical exercise appears to be one of the best things that you can do to reduce your risk of getting dementia.

People with dementia often have issues with sleep with their memory seemingly worse after a bad night. However, the evidence is unclear on whether poor sleep is a risk factor for dementia.

There is strong evidence that smoking can increase your risk of dementia. Not everyone who smokes will get dementia, but stopping smoking is thought to reduce your risk down to the level of non-smokers.
Turmeric and dementia
There is currently limited evidence from research studies in people to suggest that turmeric, which is a type of spice, can prevent or treat dementia.

What to expect from health and care services

A guide to the support people should get from local services in England if they or someone they know have been diagnosed with dementia.

Guidance : After diagnosis of dementia: what to expect from health and care services


This document is for anyone diagnosed with dementia and the people who care for them. It has details about what support they should get.
It includes information about:
  • what is in a care plan
  • how health care and social care services can help
  • support available to family and friends who are carers
  • how to take part in research
Information to help local health and social care commissioners put the right support in place is on the Social Care Institute for Excellence website.
Published 17 May 2018


National audit of dementia round 4 report: Trust Chief Executive Officers should demonstrate that all staff providing care for people with dementia receive mandatory dementia training at a level (Tier 1, 2, 3) appropriate to their role and that:
  • Delirium and its relationship to dementia is included in the training
  • Information about the number of staff who received dementia training is recorded

NICE, Social care for older people with multiple long-term conditions: "Those responsible for contracting and providing care services should ensure health and social care practitioners caring for older people with social care needs and multiple long-term conditions are assessed as having the necessary training and competencies in managing medicines. Ensure health and social care practitioners are able to recognise, consider the impact of, and respond to: common conditions, such as dementia, hearing and sight loss, and common care needs, such as nutrition, hydration, chronic pain, falls and skin integrity, and common support needs, such as dealing with bereavement and end-of-life, and deterioration in someone's health or circumstances."

Training will be given in line with the Dementia Core Skills and Training Framework. The level of training will be:

  • Tier 1: For all staff.
  • Tier 2: For staff who have regular contact with people living with dementia.
  • Tier 3: For staff who work specifically with people living with dementia, are experts or leaders in the area.

Hidden No More: Dementia and disability: "All home care and residential care staff should receive mandatory training. This should be equivalent to Tier 2 of the Department of Health and Social Care-backed Dementia Core Skills Education and Training Framework, provided by Health Education England. "

Best Practice Resources

NHS Health Check Programme Introducing the Dementia Component, Increasing Awareness & Signposting: The dementia training tool is aimed at those individuals providing the NHS Health Check and includes a self-assessment section which will then provide a certificate of completion. We would also encourage you to include the dementia component in your future local training and competency programmes -

Greater Manchester Health Innovation and Education Cluster have developed training materials to support staff working on dementia awareness in general hospitals.:

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