Designing Care Environments for People with Dementia: Two-day residential workshops

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Building on our decade of experience in supporting real change in practice, we designed these unique workshops in partnership with clinical and estates colleagues to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to deliver cost-effective environmental improvements.


There is increasing evidence that the care environment, in hospitals, care homes, specialist housing and primary care settings, can have a significant and detrimental effect on people who have dementia.

The King's Fund's award-winning Enhancing the Healing Environment programme proves that straightforward and inexpensive changes to the design and fabric of the physical environment can have a considerable impact on the well-being of people with dementia by easing decision-making, reducing agitation and distress, supporting independence and promoting safety, all of which can contribute to a reduction in overall service costs.

About this event

This event was designed in partnership with carers, clinical and estates colleagues - in order to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to deliver cost-effective environmental improvements. The event was intended for NHS, local authority and care homes staff, especially:

  • dementia champions
  • managers of care homes or specialist housing developments
  • clinical and care staff working in dementia care environments
  • heads of estates and facilities
  • commissioners of dementia care.

Participants heard from experts in the field of dementia care and design, had the opportunity to engage with frontline teams that have completed successful refurbishments, and learnt about our specially developed tools and techniques to support co-design principles. We also heard about the engagement of patients, residents, carers, and staff in design projects and refurbishments.

Programme team

Presenters and facilitators included:

  • Sarah Waller, Programme Director, The King’s Fund’s Enhancing the Healing Environment Programme
  • Richard Mazuch, Senior Director, IBI Nightingale 
  • Jack Vickery, Healthcare Lighting UK, Philips Lighting 
  • Ian Norburn, National Account Manager for Healthcare and Education, AkzoNobel 
  • Abi Masterson, Evaluation Consultant

Previous participant feedback

If you are considering building or redesigning areas for patients with dementia, this course is a must.

Matron, Care of the Elderly

I'm leaving this session motivated, inspired and ready to create the best dementia space I can.

Art and Design Project Co-ordinator

Thank you, this was an excellent programme which I have taken a lot from. The most valuable outcome from the workshop is that I feel inspired to go back make the difference, to support the dementia work and ultimately better patient care.

Patient Environment Manager