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Person Centred Dementia Care: University Recognised Course 2017

David Sheard is returning to Cardiff in 2017 to personally facilitate this course alongside Peter Priednieks, Director of Learning and Sally Knocker, Consultant Trainer.

“This course has been the best training that I have ever done in my 26 years of working with older people.”  (course participant)

Duration: 12 days over one year             New 2017 price: from £825 + VAT        

Includes: Resources Membership for 1 year worth £30


  • Spend time with Dr David Sheard really learning why dementia care matters so much emotionally and practically to him. 
  • Learn from David after his 35 years what really works in transforming dementia care.
  • Hear directly from the two original course facilitators David and Peter what the very best in dementia care over the last 20 years looks, sounds and feels like and what it takes to achieve this.
  • Experience this training duo: really benefitting from the balance between David's direct, emotional and passionate style with Peter's reflective, thoughtful and very caring approach within training. 
  • Return to work after these sessions fired up and inspired with the emotional drive to really know how to change things.                               

Linked to the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) Level 2 & 3 Dementia related qualifications.   Mapping  documents   Level 2    Level 3

This course is also available 'in-house' for your organisation. To discuss please call 01273 242335 or email:



Homes following Dementia Care Matters model of care in Wales include:


Clydach Court, Tonypandy

Dan Y Mynydd, Porth

Holly Lodge Care Home, Cwmbran, Torfaen

Glyn Menai, Bangor

Llys Elian, Aber, Betws & Dolwen houses, Colwyn Bay

Oakdale Manor, Blackwood, Caerphilly


Ty Iscoed, Newbridge, Caerphilly - Read Ty Iscoed's press release click here


Watch a short video about 'Clydach Court Butterfly Home' by Cyngor Gofal Care Council

Clydach Court Butterfly Home / Prosiect Pili-Pala Cwrt Clydach from Cyngor Gofal Care Council on Vimeo.

Read below about the Raglan Project.

“The Accolade award-winning Raglan Project has developed an innovative method of delivering home care to people living with a dementia in a small rural community.  The project moves away from traditional models of service delivery that focus on carrying out tasks at specific times.  Instead staff are given autonomy to support the choices of the individuals they work with.  The time spent and activities undertaken are discussed daily with the individual and their family, and are responsive to how they are feeling.  In this way, the care plan is a framework for delivery of care and support rather than a perspective list of tasks to be undertaken.”

January 2013

Health in Wales reports:

"Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales’ (CSSIW) Chief Inspector Imelda Richardson, launched CSSIW’s annual report for 2011-12 today, while on a visit with Gwenda Thomas, the Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services, to an innovative dementia project in Clydach Court, Rhondda Cynon Taf. 

The annual report highlights the continuing challenges facing local authorities and their delivery partners in 2011–12 due to the increasing demand for care and social services and the increasing complexity of needs.  

During the visit the Chief Inspector also launched CSSIW’s Participation Plan, which outlines how service users, families, providers and carers groups can get involved even further in its work.

Imelda Richardson said: 

I’m pleased to be able to visit Clydach Court meet with residents, their family, friends and staff and hear about their experiences and the improvements and difference the centre is making to their lives.

Clydach Court is a good example of the care people who need it should be able to receive and we are committed to working with them, as well as other providers of care and people who use services, their families and carers to improve standards."  Clydach Court is a Dementia Care Matters Butterfly Service Home.

TV programme featuring David Sheard - Channel S4C, Wednesday 29th February at 20.25, 'Un o Bob Tri" (“One in Every Three”) David Sheard said, “Following featuring in BBC2 series “Can Gerry Robinson Fix Dementia Care Homes?” I was delighted to be approached by Fflic TV to participate in this S4C documentary, led by Beti George.  The programme offered a real opportunity to show that living in a dementia care home can be a very positive experience. Glyn Menai are enthusiastic and passionate followers of Dementia Care Matter’s model of care and show very movingly in the programme their natural skills in being a butterfly, changing the culture of care through connections with people moment by moment. “

David Sheard was a guest speaker at the SCiP(SE) Winter conference on 31 January in Cardiff 2012. Speaking on -  "Being it - not doing it: 'What person centred dementia care really looks, sounds and feels like" and "Inspiring Leadership: The way to achieve real outcomes in dementia care homes."

Reflecting on the event, David said,  “Real Consultation, Prepared to face Challenges, Grasping What Changes Cultures -The SCIP Conference demonstrated that achieving compassionate dementia care is all about establishing a new culture of leadership and a clear focus on citizen based outcomes.'

View how the day has been described by Dare 2 Care Wales: