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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1306-1312
Number of pages7
Early online date9 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016


Background: The conceptualisation and development of the role of Dementia Champions in clinical practice is on-going, 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.


This document is the Accepted Manuscript version. The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Dementia Vol. 15 Issue 5, February 2016, published by SAGE Publishing, all rights reserved.

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