The Feeling of Mattering really Matters in Dementia Care



"Mattering in dementia care can be evidenced by focusing on 8 key outcomes        

Feel, Look, Connect, Occupy, Share, Reach, Relax & Matter"      

Dr David Sheard




In 2013 Dementia Care Matters continues to grow as a national organisation with a team of 18 people supporting our work across the UK and Ireland. We have focused on and developed a number of specific initiatives under our new work on Mattering in Dementia Care®.


University Learning

'Dementia Care - Mattering in Hospital™' is a new nine day University recognised course (one day per month attendance with 3 accredited assignments). This is being launched in London and Birmingham for all healthcare staff in the NHS who are working towards improving the dignity agenda on acute wards for people experiencing a dementia.


We are delighted over the last year 600 participants, in 14 locations across the UK and Ireland have been completing our 3 University recognised courses in Person Centred Dementia Care, Leadership Matters in Dementia Care and Training Skills Matter for Trainers.


Butterfly Project Care Homes

56 Care Homes, including 6 Care Homes in Wales and 5 Nursing Homes in Ireland, are currently adopting Dementia Care Matters Butterfly Model which focuses on Mattering in a Dementia Care Home.


Dementia Care Matters unique culture change approach is achieved through our "Being a Star" staff learning being combined with Nurse / Team Leader Modelling and Leadership Consultancy.


We are pleased to welcome as new project homes (Landermeads Nursing Home Chilwell Nottingham, Langham Court Hindhead Surrey, Dan Y Mynydd Care Home, Porth Wales, Moorehall Lodge Drogheda Co. Louth, Mountpleasant Lodge Co Kildare, Beneavin Lodge Dublin and Fairfield Nursing Home Drimoleague Co. Cork)


Learning Resources

Our key new resource is a four hour training DVD  "Mattering in a dementia care home®"


These 2 training DVDs, Part 1 and Part 2 - with accompanying CD resources and handouts - are mapped to the QCF dementia related qualifications. The DVDs are filmed live in four leading dementia care homes with linked commentary from David Sheard.  Staff wishing to receive recognition for their learning can undertake a certificated assessment test linked to Part One.


Trainers seeking guidance on how to facilitate and bring out the best in these training DVDs can attend “Facilitation Matters” -  trainers one day workshops.


Book 7 in the Feelings Matter Most series -  "Supporting: nurses matter in dementia care" will be launched at this year’s Dementia Congress in November.


We continue to welcome large numbers of people to our Membership Scheme.


Consultancy and Training

New events in 2013 / 2014 are:


Being in Touch in dementia care matters - Launch Conference

This event introduces our new work on exploring the use of positive touch and will remove the myths and confusion about this subject. The day will demonstrate how everyone can learn how to 'be' with people and how to improve our connection to people living with a dementia at all 'stages.'

Facilitated by Luke Tanner and David Sheard on Thursday 20th June 2013 - Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, London.


Ireland 3rd Annual Conference: “Evidence Matters in Dementia Care in Ireland                                                                                                                                                            Wednesday 25th September, Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin - presentations and workshops include:

"Mattering in hospitals and nursing homes.”  

Masterclasses on - Mattering in Dementia Care Homes.  

Learning about our 4 current Butterfly Projects in Ireland.


University of Surrey - our 7th Annual Conference with The Journal of Dementia Care – Wednesday 30th April 2014.


Examples of our new courses also include “Opening doors to people living with a dementia.” A two-day workshop for staff working in Museums, Libraries and Social Housing Services delivered by Sally Knocker.


Thank you for visiting our website. We look forward to working alongside you over the next year as you continue to demonstrate that people living with a dementia really matter.



David Sheard (Dr)

Chief Executive / Founder, Dementia Care Matters.

Visiting Senior Fellow, University of Surrey.





Feelings Matter Most: An Introduction                          View here




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  • National Award

    Gain recognition for focusing on providing quality of life outcomes through this national award.

    Become a Dementia Care Matters "Butterfly Service." Benefit from gaining external validation. Provide regulatory bodies with independent evidence......more

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  • Resources

    Operational Manual 2011

    "Achieving real outcomes in dementia care homes" is the sixth in the Feelings Matter Most series authored by Dr David Sheard.

    Benefit from step by step guidance on adopting 12 core beliefs and achieving 36 outcomes in dementia care.....more

  • National Training

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    Dementia Care Matters brings 17 years of experience to provide a learning programme of 3 University Recognised Courses awarded ReQ mark by University of Surrey and University of Brighton....more

  • Consultancy

    Are you seeking to improve quality of life for people living with a dementia?

    Dementia Care Matters has a 'menu' of consultancy support, coaching, and training available through two routes....more

  • In House Training

    A group of colleagues learning together helps to ensure that the learning is put into practice through establishing shared aims, exploring new ideas together and developing team based commitment to action......more