Dementia Care


This Dementia Care & Support Compact is our response to the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia. It sets out our commitment to supporting the delivery of the National Dementia Strategy and improving care and support for people with dementia, their carers and families.

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Our Challenge

We challenge the perceptions surrounding social care services for people with dementia. Our services will provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

People with dementia using our services will be able to say:

  • I am respected as an individual
  • I get the care and support which enables me to live well with my dementia
  • Those around me and looking after me are well supported and understand how to maximise my independence
  • I am treated with dignity and respect
  • I know what I can do to help myself and who else can help me
  • I can enjoy life
  • I feel part of a community and I am inspired to participate in community life
  • I am confident that my end-of-life wishes will be respected. I can expect a good death

Our Commitment

We will:

  • Focus on quality of life for people with dementia, as well as quality of care. By knowing the person, their life history and their personal culture, our staff will deliver a personalised package of care and support
  • Set a benchmark for high quality, relationship-based care and support for people with dementia. We will inspire and encourage our sector to take responsibility for delivering this, building on existing good practice
  • Engage and involve the wider community to improve their support for people with dementia, including GPs and healthcare professionals
  • Play our part in supporting the wider community, sharing the knowledge and skills of our staff, and inviting people into our care settings
  • Work with commissioners of care for people with dementia to ensure they commission quality care services appropriately; and
  • Clearly set out how we have delivered on this Compact to make a difference for people with dementia, their carers and families. This will link into the work on quality and transparency being taken forward as part of the Care & Support White Paper.

There are now 125 signatories on this list, representing 2,651 care providers/services across England. You can see those who have committed listed below.

Founding Signatories:

Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive, Care England

Jane Ashcroft, Chief Executive, Anchor

Mike Parsons, Chief Executive, Barchester Healthcare

Stuart Fletcher, Chief Executive, Bupa

Mike Parish, Chief Executive, Care UK

Miranda Wixon, Executive Committee Member, CERETAS

Ted Smith, Chief Executive, European Care

Dr Peter Calverley, Chief Executive, Four Seasons Healthcare

Fiona Lowry, Chief Executive, The Good Care Group

Dr Bridget Warr, Chief Executive, UKHCA

2nd round of signatories October 2012:

Tony Heywood, Chairman, Gracewell Healthcare

Avnish Goyal, Chief Executive, Hallmark Care Homes

Simon Morris, Chief Executive, Jewish Care

Pam Finnis, Managing Director, HC-One

Jeremy Nixey, Chief Executive Officer, Shaw Healthcare

Margaret Metcalfe, Sheila Gibson Unit, Stapleford Care Centre

Cynthia Heymanson, Circle Dance in Dementia

Neil Bryant, My Amego

Nigel Best, Amphion

Dr Taleb Durgahee, Palm Court & Keller House of Excellence in Dementia Care

Beverley Hickey, Adiemus Care

Dipak Patel, Hazelwood Nursing

Jessie Khan, Abbey Care Home

Kausar Sadiq, Penny Pot Residential Care Home

Florence Somers, The Dr French Memorial Home

Andrew Cheesbrough, Chief Executive, The Orders of St John Care Trust

Penny Jones, Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice

Darrell Byrom, Westgate House Nursing Home

Laura Bale, Royal Hospital Chelsea

Pat Schofield, School for Health & Social Care

Beverley Aldridge, Coverage Care Services

Sharon Davies, Hertfordshire Care Providers Association

Geoffrey Cox, Southern Healthcare Ltd

Keri Thomas & Maggie Rowlands, The National GSF Centre for End of Life Care

Ginny Patterson, Amore Care (The Priory Group)

Liz Wilde, Lancashire County Commercial Group – Care Services

Anna Gaughan, The Life Story Network (CIC)

Paul Mancey, Orchard Care Homes

Richard Furze, Friends of the Elderly

Sue Brand, RDB Star Rating

Tom Owen & Julienne Meyer, My Home Life

Sam Cheekoory, Quantum Care

3rd round of signatories November 2012:

Martin Clark, Managing Director. CareConcepts Ltd

Guy Geller, Senior Vice President & Managing Director UK, Sunrise Senior Living

Angela Downing, CEO Reflections SW CIC

Amanda Molyneux, CEO Reflections Wigan CIC

Hilary Rowland, Chief Executive, Parkhaven Trust

Stuart Brown, Chief Executive, Sing For Your Life

Trevor Brocklebank, CEO, Home Instead Senior Care

Andrew Cope, Managing Director, Arc Community Care Ltd

Paul Allen, Chief Executive, The Abbeyfield Society

Leon Smith, Chief Executive, Nightingale Hammerson

Des Kelly OBE, Executive Director, National Care Forum

Adrian Eggington, Director of Resident Services, Central & Cecil

Anne Anketell, Managing Director, Circle Support

Allison Cowley, Director, Hunter’s Lodge Retirement Home Ltd

4th round of signatories January 2013:

Bev Stubbs, Care Home Manager, Stainton Way Residential Care Home

Jean Townsend, Care Home Manager, Parklands Residential Care Home

Deb Rigg, Care Home Manager, Hampshire Court Residential Care Home

Alan Firth, Chief Executive, Meridian Healthcare Limited

Charlotte Davies, Joint Commissioner, Milton Keyenes Council/NHSMK

Debra Lawson, Head of Commissioning for Vulnerable People, Knowsley Local Authority

Linday Cawley, Head of Quality & Safeguarding, Knowsley Local Authority

Ita Symons MBE, Chief Executive, Agudas Israel Housing Association

Louise Rule, Service Director – Commissioning & Business Development, Gateshead Council

Andre Pringle, Care Home Manager, Woodlands Residential Care Home

Les Billingham, Head of Adult Services, Thurrock Council

Jane Robinson, Head of Adult Services, South Tyneside Council

Sue Hodder, Chief Operations Officer, Homelink Day Care

Cathy Kerr, Director of Adult and Community Services, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

James Brennan, Managing Director, Havering Care Homes

Steven McCourt, Director, McCourt Care Ltd

Mike Armstrong, Chief Executive, Romford Baptist Church Housing Association Ltd

5th round of signatories February 2013:

Austin Heraty, Director of Social Care, Doris Jones Ltd

Mike Padgham, Managing Director, St Cecilia’s 

Jenny French, Operations Director, New Century Care Ltd

Laird MacKay, Group Operations Director, Caring Homes

Maureen Sim, Director of Operations, Pilgrims’ Friend Society

Peter Warmerdam, Proprietor/Manager, Emerson Court Care Home

Chris Demsey, Manager, Abbotsford Nursing Home

Roger Davies, Chief Executive, MHA

Simon Beckett, Chairman, Wellburn Care Homes Ltd

Mary Anson, Director, Anson Care Services

Emma Bryer, General Manager, Ashlar House (Barchester Healthcare Ltd)

6th round of signatories March 2013: 

Barry Dennis, CEO, Wells Community Hospital Trust

Janet Holmes, Director, Autumn House Care Ltd & The Moorings Care Ltd

Ian Bowering, Head of Older Adults & Physical Impairment, Coventry City Council

Chris Harris, Dementia Project Lead, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Jo Lindley, Care Quality Manager, Signature Senior Lifestyle

Mark Greaves, Managing Director, Ideal Homes

Moira Clare, General Manager, County Care Homes

Dr I Greaves, Director, Gingercroft Residential Home/Gnosall Healthcare Ltd

Patricia Jones-Greenhalgh, Executive Director Adult Care Services, Bury Council

Karen Knight, Managing Director, NorseCare Ltd

Mandy Masters, Operations Director, Kingsley Healthcare Ltd

John Lambert, Personalisation & Partnerships Development Manager, Suffolk County Council

Satnam Nanuwa, Managing Director, HiCare Ltd

Mary McLean, Director, Colville Care Ltd

Corrine Lovejoy, Manager, Kynance Residential Home

7th round of signatories April 2013:

Kathryn Farmer, Chief Executive, Borough Care

David Hill, Director, Netley Partnerships Ltd

Alison Hudson, Manager, White Gables Residential Care Home

Allison Cowley, Director, Hunter’s Lodge Retirement Home Ltd

Paul O’Donoghue, Proprietor, Court Nursing Home

Ron Ramana, Operational Manager, Hazelwood Care Ltd

Andrew Worsley, CEO/Owner, Harbour Healthcare 

Emma John, Resources Director, The Partnership in Care

Angela Rankin, Head of Independent Living, Orbit Independent Living

Debbie Christian, Chief Operations Director, Healthcare Homes Group Ltd

Patricia Quinn, Registered Home Manager, Bourne House Residential Home

Helen Morgan, Care Director, Bakewells Care Home

Gillian Peel, Chief Executive, Age UK (Darlington)

Feizal Molabaccus, Director, Chrissian Residential Home

Simon Gibbs, Director, Stowcare Ltd

Lois Hughes, Manager, Ormonde Home for the Elderly

Roger Catchpole, Director, Stowlangtoft Healthcare LLP

Sandy Hogg, Chief Redesign Officer, Ipswich & East Suffolk CCG

Prema Dorai, Manager, Baylham Care Centre

Valerie Ogden, Manager, Berrycroft Manor

Linda Sanders, Corporate Director Social Care and Health, London Borough of Hillingdon

Simon Williams, Director of Community & Housing, London Borough of Merton

Louise Chambers, Head of Elder Care, Milestones Trust

Marlene Kelly, Registered Manager, Auburn Mere Residential Care Home

Margaret Asquith, Director of Children & Adult Services, Bolton Council 

Steve Metcalf, Managing Director, SSL Healthcare Ltd

Mark Taylor, Proprietor, Brooklands Nursing Homes

Jack Meredith, Chief Executive, Meredith UK

Gill Jeffers, Regional Manager & Dementia Lead, Gold Care Homes

P S Woodward, CEO, Sue Ryder

Sue Renvoize, Commissioning Lead for Services for Older People & Carers, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

Jackie Groom, Home Manager, Foundation Care Ltd

Irene Burton, Registered Provider, Blackrod House

Donna Storey, Service Development Manager, Adult Social Care, Cumbria County Council

Janice Hayward, Operations Director, Vista

Ted Maddex, Senior Commissioning Manager, Hertfordshire County Council

Joan Hutton, Interim Head of Adult Social Services, Lewisham Council

Christobel Shawcross, Deputy Managing Director & Strategic Director of Adult & Community Services, Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead

David Granath, Director, The Hospital of God at Greatham

Paul Dulson, Head of Adult Assessment & Care Management, Tameside MBC

Rahim Ismail, Director, Broomfield Residential Care

Councillor Ruth Dombey, Leader, LB Sutton 

Philip Simpkins, Chief Executive, Bedford Borough Council

John Yasin, Owner, The Grange Care Home

Martin Samuels, Commissioner for Care, Staffordshire County Council

Steve McCormack, Integrated Dementia Commissioning Lead/Mental Health Commissioning Manager, Norfolk County Council

Vicki Weller, General Manager, Your Health Ltd & Systems Associates Ltd

Ian Curryer, Chief Executive, Nottingham City Council

Jenny Appleby, Strategic Commissioning Manager: Older Peoples Services, Derby City Council

Bill Robertson, Strategic Director, Derbyshire County Council

Mandy Stott, Head of Service for Vulnerable People, Rutland County Council

Martin Hall, Strategic Planning - Adults and Communities Department, Leicestershire County Council

John Nawrockyi, Director of Adults and Older People Services, Royal Borough of Greenwich

Janice King, Operations Director, Manor Court Care (Norfolk) Ltd

Mrs Sonita Nijhawan, Director and Registered Provider, Springfield Manor Nursing Home

Richard Key, Director, Ebury Court Residential Home Ltd

8th round of signatories May 2013:

Joanne Jones, Commissioning Lead, Cheshire West & Chester Council

Melanie O’Rourke, Locality Manager – Older Persons and Disabled Adults, Reading Borough Council

Phillip Letchfield, Head of Contracts & Performance (Adult Social Care), Brighton & Hove Council

Ann Hagan, Lead Commissioner Adult Social Care, Brighton & Hove Council

9th round of signatories June 2013:

Claire Ferrari, CEO, Fewcott Healthcare Ltd,  for Fewcott House Nursing Home, Leafield Care Home and St Annes Care Home

Karen Aldred, Chief Executive, Abingdon Court Care Home (Acer Healthcare)

Anthea Speich, Business Manager, Green Pastures Christian Nursing Home

Vipin P Nayar, Ramping Cat House Nursing Home

Debbie Behan, Finance Manager, Heathfield House Nursing Home

Steve Wood, Managing Director, Sanctuary Housing

10th Round of signatories August 2013:

Jeanette Dyer, Care Manager, Lyndhurst Rest Home

Jackie Greer, Head of Care Services, Blind Veterans UK

Sandra Stinton, Home Manager, The Grange Rest Home

11th Round of signatories September 2013:

Eileen Horne, Care Manager, Charlesworth Rest Home

Jackie Wenham, Manager, Autumn Lodge

Gloria Draper, Manager, Charles Lodge

Mandy Knapp, Group Manager, Southcare Homes

Natasha Clarke, Manager, Arlington House

Paul Burns, Managing Director, Victoria Nursing Homes

Karen Crosby, Home Manager, Birch Grove Nursing Home

Marion Conway, Home Manager, Middleton Grove Healthcare (Southern) Ltd

Peter Mallinson, Director, Loxwood House Ltd

Dawn Webb, Deputy Manager, Place Farm House Residential Care Home

Joanne James, Area Manager, Adelaide Nursing Home

Jennifer Downs, Manager, Crescent House

Carole Franklin, Registered Manager, Princess Alexandra House

M T Mirza, Manager, Vallance Care Home

Russell Pinsent, Director, Carlton House

Maureen Pyle, Manager, Hereford House

Denise Roussel, Home Manager, Aspen House

12th Round of signatories November 2013:

Anita Redwood, Owner, Whytecliffe

Barbara Warren, Manager, Summer Lodge

Debbie Dunne, Managing Owner, Brittany Lodge

Josephine Lowe, Registered Manager, Conifer Lodge

Sergiu Orza, Home Manager, Hazlegrove Nursing Home

Karen Everest, Deputy Manager, St Joseph’s Care Home

Glynis Whitmore, Registered Manager, The Downs Nursing Home

Maria Holliday-Welch, Registered Provider, Fairdene Lodge & Grosvenor Lodge

Debra Keeling, Deputy Director of Care, Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution

If you want to find out more about the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia, then please click on the following link:

If you want to sign up to the Dementia Care & Support Compact, then please email:

Music & Memory

Conceived by Music & Memory Executive Director Dan Cohen and film Director Michael Rossato-Bennett, Alive Inside highlights nursing home residents and caregivers who use Music & Memory's program and shows how personalised music may alleviate symptoms of dementia without the aid of antipsychotic medications. MUSIC & MEMORY helps individuals with a wide range of cognitive and physical conditions to engage with the world, ease pain and reclaim their humanity through the use of personalised music playlists and other digital technologies.

Link to their website and this YouTube Video link:

Dementia Action Alliance

80% of people living in care homes have a form of dementia. That’s why Care England would like to offer their members the opportunity to join the Dementia Action Alliance. The DAA brings together leading organisations from across the health and social care sector to take action on dementia. The ethos behind the DAA is that we are stronger when we work together. Not only will you have the opportunity to network with 150 members, you will also gain insights from leading figures in dementia care and support through our events, newsletters and webinars. As a result your workforce will be equipped to deliver the best possible care and support for your residents.

The DAA is a unique platform that aims to bring about a society-wide response to dementia. Members make individual commitments to action within their organisations, setting out what they hope to achieve to support people affected by dementia. We also work as a collective on wide-reaching Calls to Action, or campaigns, which have driven improvements in the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers.  

In signing up to the DAA, you will demonstrate your commitment to helping people with dementia and their carers. You will have the opportunity to promote your organisation and your positive actions through a number of different channels.

The DAA relies on financial contributions from our members, and in return will receive the following benefits:

  • Free quarterly meetings, which bring together the DAA members for networking and information sharing
  • Monthly newsletters where you can promote your initiatives or advertise vacant roles within your organisation and learn about the work of the members
  • A dedicated online member’s page
  • Collaborative opportunities on Calls to Action
  • Mention of your organisation and your actions in the Annual Report
  • Access to the DAA Secretariat who can provide you with information and resources and facilitate introductions to other members
  • Attendance at our Annual Conference, where keynote speakers have included leading figures from across health and social care  

We have achieved a great deal over the last few years but there is still more to be done. In joining the Dementia Action Alliance you can play a key role to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers.

Take action today by joining on the website or contacting