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The Journal of Dementia Care is a multidisciplinary journal for all professional staff working with people with dementia, in hospitals, nursing and residential care homes, day units and the community. The journal is committed to improving the quality of care provided for people with dementia, by keeping readers abreast of news and views, research, developments, practice and training issues. The Journal of Dementia Care is grounded firmly in practice and provides a lively forum for ideas and opinions. The Journal organises many annual dementia conferences including Europe’s largest annual dementia conference, UK Dementia Congress. It also publishes dementia books including the bestselling And Still the Music Plays.


Mark Ivory, Editor
Sue Benson, Managing Editor
Theresa Ellmers, Assistant Editor
Andrew Chapman, Production Manager
Jacob Daley, Production Assistant
Rob Wheele, Designer
Dr Richard Hawkins, Editor-in-chief
Caroline Bowern, Advertisement Director
Kimberley Donegan, Subscriptions Manager
Pat Petker, Publisher


The Journal of Dementia Care is published six times a year by:

Hawker Publications Ltd
12 Deer Park Road
South Wimbledon
SW19 3TL
Tel: 020 7720 2108 (editorial ext 206; advertising ext 203)
Fax: 020 7498 3023

It is published online at and in a printed format, printed by Premier Print Group, London.

© Hawker Publications 2018
ISSN 1351-8372


Hawker Publications Ltd
Trinity House
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Tel: 01371 851802

Annual Member Subscriptions

There are three levels available: Gold, Silver and Bronze
See Member Subscription panel on homepage for further information.

Journal of Dementia Care Advisory Board

Caroline Baker, Director of Dementia Services, Barchester Healthcare
Professor Dawn Brooker, Director, University of Worcester Association for Dementia Studies
Professor Murna Downs, Bradford Dementia Group, University of Bradford
The DEEP Group (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment), people living with dementia
Dr Nori Graham, Vice President of Alzheimer’s Disease International
Professor Steve Iliffe, Professor of Primary Care for Older People, University College London and Royal Free medical schools
Maria Pasiecznik Parsons, Chief Executive, Creative Dementia Arts Network
Lynne Phair, Independent Consultant Nurse and Expert Witness
Jackie Pool, Director of Memory Care, Sunrise Senior Living
Rachael Litherland, Innovations in Dementia
Professor Graham Stokes, Global Director of Dementia Care, Bupa
Dr Amanda Thompsell, Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist, South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Danielle Wilde, Dementia Lead, Royal Free Hospital, London

Professor Bob Woods, Professor of Clinical Psychology of Older People, Bangor University

Consultant Editors

Professor Jill Manthorpe, Professor of Social Work, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College London
Dr Hazel Heath, Independent Nurse Consultant and Chair of the RCN Older People Forum

Writing for JDC

Do you have a project or survey to report, or a change in practice organisation or structure which has worked well (or not), and would you like to share this experience with others? We welcome contributions of this kind, as well as bright ideas for improving the environment or well-being of people with dementia. Letters to the editor responding to articles in JDC – or contributing on other matters - are always welcome. Contact the editor, email: We welcome contributions from those who have never written before as much as from experienced writers.