Join the Dementia Champions Network

Who can become a Dementia Champion?

Staff across all care sites who have achieved the relevant education standard and wish to further develop their skills and expertise in the area can become a dementia champion. The level 8 module will kick start or fine tune your skills as you will be required to successfully complete a change project where you work. Following completion of the module you will be supported by a national network of dementia champions who have completed the module before and from whom you may continue to learn.

Applicants should satisfy the basic educational criteria (e.g. level 5 FETAC and a leaving cert.), have the support of their manager and a track record of enthusiasm for dementia care. Most applicants will have completed the 2 day awareness programme.

Applications are encouraged from a broad range of professions and roles. We aim to attract allied health professionals and other individuals in the community who have an interest in dementia care to the programme and to encourage naturally occurring teams across acute/nursing home and community care in a given location. In general courses are organised to cluster people from a local area to build strength and depth of knowledge within that community.

Please note most candidates for the dementia champions course will have completed a dementia awareness course first (with limited exceptions).

The Faculty of Science & Health is the contact point for the dementia champions course (NS466): Tel: 01-7008975, Email:(

You can access the application Form for the dementia champions course here.

If you are interested in completing a dementia awareness course as an introduction to dementia and dementia care, please contact Kirsty Rickard (

Inquire about our training programmes here