Dementia champions and dementia-friendly training in HM Prison Services

East of EnglandMental Health
Start Date: 1 Apr 2015


  • Tailor, implement, and evaluate the Dementia Champions / Dementia Friendly initiative (Public Health England and Alzheimer’s Society) to the prison environment.
  • Raise awareness of dementia across all levels in prison (offenders, officers, staff and Governors).
    Train Dementia Friends (both staff and inmates) in prisons.
  • Train 3 researchers and several prisons staff (e.g. diversity and equality officer or older prison officer) as Dementia Champions in order to carry forward the longer term goals and ensure sustainability.

Research questions

  • Can the Dementia Champions/Dementia Friendly Initiative Approach be adapted and adopted in the prison setting?
  • Does the approach have an impact on prison regime, attitudes and reported behaviour (e.g. has older offender well-being improved? Indicators: increased social interaction, increased satisfaction / perceived better understanding of their needs)?
  • Has understanding of dementia and ageing improved at all levels (e.g. Offender-offender interactions; staff-offender interactions)?
Dr Tine Van Bortel