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Dementia: Our work

What the RCN is doing to meet our commitment to improve care for people with dementia

Commitment to Care of People living with Dementia

This document sets out the five principles that form a shared commitment to improving care for people with dementia and their families. They are based on evidence gathered from people living with dementia, carers and practitioners, each principle is considered essential to ensure the appropriate delivery of care.

This updated document is designed to be used in a wide range of health and social care settings and has included the most recent evidence and best practice.

See: Commitment to Care of People living with Dementia

You can view the Transforming Dementia Care in Hospitals Evaluation Report on the University of Worcester's website.

See also: Creating dementia friendly GP surgeries – iSPACE. iSPACE is a number of actions designed to improve the patient experience through delivery of a set of improvements in care planning, communications and awareness of dementia for staff in primary care settings.

We are also commissioning a short animation to bring the SPACE principles alive to go on this page.

Transforming dementia care in care homes

This innovative practice development programme can help your organisation to achieve improvements in dementia care. It is designed to influence, provide leadership, and support development of practice to those involved in the delivery of care for people with dementia and their families within care homes (with nursing) settings.

The programme supports the development of practice through the RCN dementia care SPACE principles, to improve the experience of care for people living with dementia and their families. It is also designed to support nursing staff in their continuing professional development.

For more information, email the Leadership team:, or call 0207 647 3485

Care home journey v2

Care home journey

The Care Home Journey is specifically designed to support nursing care in older peoples care homes. It is the first time the RCN has provided bespoke web pages for nurses working in this area of the independent sector and the content has been reviewed by current experts.

View the resource.

Page last updated - 19/02/2023