Life feels much better when
you’re doing something you
can succeed at.
Led by Buz Loveday, we have over 25 years experience in helping organisations achieve excellence in their delivery of person-centred dementia care.
Since 1991 we have devised and delivered training for thousands of staff involved in the care of people with dementia, including managers, care workers, inspectors, healthcare professionals, social workers and dementia champions. With the breadth and depth of our experience, we also provide training for other dementia trainers. All our trainers are Dementia Care Mapping Evaluators and hold PTLLS (adult teaching) certificates.
Buz, a specialist trainer in person-centred dementia care since 1991, heads the team of specialist trainers who make up DementiaTrainers. She is the author of Leadership for Person-Centred Dementia Care (Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2012) and co-author, with Tom Kitwood and Brenda Bowe, of Improving Dementia Care (Hawker Publications 1998). Buz has also written an extensive portfolio of learning materials for the NHS, the Alzheimer’s Society and the Social Care Institute for Excellence.
“Person-centred isn’t simply a topic on a training course – it is the ethos that underpins all the work we do.”
Brenda is a qualified occupational therapist and has worked in hospitals and local authorities in Dublin and London, latterly becoming an OT manager and then moving into practice development. She first worked as a dementia trainer with Buz between 1993 and 2001, during which time she co-authored ‘Improving Dementia Care’ with Buz and Tom Kitwood. She returned to DementiaTrainers in 2007 and describes dementia training and associated work as her passion.
“Training isn’t about ticking boxes. It’s about inspiring, motivating and informing. It’s about transforming the lives of people with dementia.”
Janet was previously an adult mental health practitioner, working in a variety of roles providing front-line emotional and practical support for adults experiencing mental health problems. Her first training role focused on the creation and delivery of training on mental health and distress, an area in which she still has particular interest. Janet has specialised in training on dementia since 2004, when she began working with Buz.
“It’s essential to support staff to develop the qualities and skills that build trust and enable people to feel safe and secure – in this way, the care home becomes a real home.”
Jo started her career as a care assistant working in an older people’s residential home, where her interest in working with people with dementia began. She subsequently worked in a variety of dementia care roles and latterly managed a specialist resource centre for people with dementia for 6 years. She joined Buz’s team in 2005 and has worked as a full-time trainer in dementia care since then.
“Being occupied is a key psychological need. When staff are inspired to provide meaningful activities, people with dementia can regain a sense of purpose, joy and fulfilment”