Dementia envoys

KMPT’s Dementia Envoys are keen to increase public awareness of dementia.

They are living well with dementia and contribute to the development of KMPT services by being a source of knowledge, advice and consultation. They are all people living with dementia who are registered KMPT volunteers, supported by Older People’s psychology.

KMPT now has four Dementia Envoys:

Between them, they have been involved in an impressive variety of activities. These include:

  • Speaking at Kent and national conferences on topics such as living well with dementia, young-onset dementia, the behavioural aspects of frontotemporal dementias, compassionate nursing for those with dementia and Tom Kitwood's person-centred care approach
  • Working within KMPT on recruitment, staff training and service developments including the Dementia Allies pilot
  • Supporting KMPT Dementia Engagement and Empowerment groups
  • Working with housing organisations to help them be more dementia-friendly and get more people in care homes involved in the Dementia Diaries project
  • Reviewing NHS services with the Memory Services National Accreditation Programme
  • Contributing to publications including the Dementia Manifesto by Hughes and Williamson, which sets out aims for healthcare professionals to change and improve dementia care, and The Hospital Charter, which aims to make hospitals dementia-friendly
  • Involved in research projects as advisors and participants.

Use the links below to read the profiles of Keith, Chris, Tracey and Lorraine and see how they have participated in their roles as dementia envoys for the trust.

For more about the envoy role, see Keith’s book coming out in May 2019. It's called "Dear Alzheimer's - A Diary of Living with Dementia" and will be published by JKP.