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The role of Dementia Champion in dementia care: Its aspirations, development and training needs (innovative practice)

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Andrea Mayrhofer



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by SAGE Publications Ltd, 2016.

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© 2016, © The Author(s) 2016. Background: The conceptualisation and development of the role of Dementia Champions in clinical practice is ongoing, and dementia specific training has a significant impact on the scope of the role. Aim: This survey aimed to elicit Dementia Champions’ views on their role and associated training needs. Methods: Data were collected via an online survey. Findings: Of 188, 34 Dementia Champions (response rate 18%) participated. Most perceived dementia awareness training as useful, but limited. Areas suggested for further development were context specific skills training, education programmes that were formally recognised, and clarification around the expectations of the role. Conclusion: Expectations of ‘champion roles’ in dementia need to be re-visited, specifically in relation to the remit of the role and the level of education, preparation and support required for Dementia Champions to become change agents in dementia care.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mayrhofer A, Goodman C, Smeeton N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Dementia

Year: 2016

Volume: 15

Issue: 5

Pages: 1306-1312

Print publication date: 01/09/2016

Online publication date: 09/02/2016

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Date deposited: 06/04/2021

ISSN (print): 1471-3012

ISSN (electronic): 1741-2684

Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd


DOI: 10.1177/1471301216631448

PubMed id: 26862129


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