Dementia services

What is dementia?

Dementia is a growing challenge that affects an estimated 24,000 people in Kent and Medway, and there are estimated to be almost 950,000 people currently living with dementia in the UK. As the population ages and people live for longer, it has become one of the most important health and care issues facing the world.

Dementia mainly affects older people, and after the age of 65, the likelihood of developing dementia roughly doubles every five years. However, for some dementia can develop earlier, presenting different issues for the person affected, their carer and their family.

Dementia describes a group of symptoms that include problems with memory, thinking or language, and changes in mood, emotions, perception and behaviour. Dementia is a progressive disease, which means symptoms may be relatively mild at first, but they get worse over time. There are many types of dementia but Alzheimer’s disease is the most common. The next most common is vascular dementia.

KMPT Enhanced Memory Assessment and Intervention service

In summer 2022, we introduced a new Enhanced Memory Assessment and Intervention service. Developed by Kent and Medway clinicians, it is now available to people with concerns about their memory who are referred by their GP or other healthcare professional. People are assessed and then diagnosed by clinicians on the same day where wanted and appropriate for the person.

The key benefits of the new service are:

  • Single appointment for assessment and diagnosis
  • Reduction in time to treatment and support
  • Face to face consultation
  • Opportunity to get answers to questions straight away
  • Access to post diagnostic support service, including links to Living Well with Dementia toolkit and access to Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) where appropriate

The service is part of a wider programme of work being delivered by KMPT and the Kent and Medway Integrated Care System (ICS) to improve dementia services in the county. This includes work around raising dementia awareness and pre- and post-diagnostic support to enable people with dementia to live well. KMPT has also started a programme with GPs to train them to become dementia experts, which will see more people diagnosed in primary care settings in the future.

Admiral Nurses

KMPT works closely with family, loved ones and carers to support those with dementia. Our Admiral nurses are registered nurses who provide support for families affected by all forms of dementia and help families manage complex needs, considering the person living with dementia and the people around them.

KMPT Community Mental Health Service for Older People

Our Community Mental Health Service for Older People (CMHSOP) has ten locations across Kent and Medway. The community service is for both older people with mental health needs, which are complicated by age related needs, and for people, of all ages, who have needs related to dementia. The teams also provide support and advice to professionals, care homes and carers. Click here for further details about our sites across Kent and Medway.

You can find out more about our services for older people by reading our frequently asked questions.

Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Groups

These are groups of people living with dementia,  who offer their time and knowledge to work with KMPT and others to improve services for people living with dementia.

Phoenix in Ashford

Forget-Me-Nots in Canterbury

Bluebells in Medway and Maidstone  

Pathfinders in Swale

SUNShiners in Dover, Deal and Shepway area

Further information about additional DEEP* groups can be found here: DEEP groups - DEEP (

*Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project – a network of groups of people with dementia across the UK

Support groups across the county

East Kent Dementia Support – Canterbury and Thanet

A number of informal coffee mornings are held throughout the month in Canterbury and Thanet. Further details can be found here.  

Cogs clubs

Cogs Clubs are for people with mild to moderate dementia. There are clubs across Kent and Medway including: Birchington, Broadstairs, Chatham, Cliftonville, Deal, Dover, Faversham, Folkestone, Gillingham, Herne Bay, Maidstone, New Romney, Ramsgate, Sandwich, Sittingbourne and Tonbridge. Further information can be found here.

Kent Sheds

Kent Sheds is a growing network of like-minded people (men and women) of all ages, who take part in practical activities in informal spaces with friends which reduces loneliness and isolation. There are groups located in: Ashford, Canterbury; Dartford, Gravesend and Swanley; Dover, Deal, Shepway; Maidstone, Tonbridge and Malling; Medway; Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells; Swale, Faversham, Herne Bay and Whitstable; Thanet. Further information can be found here.

Dementia Envoys

KMPT has five Dementia Envoys who are keen to increase public awareness of dementia. They are all people living with dementia, supported by Older People’s psychologists and other senior staff, who contribute to the development of KMPT services by being a source of knowledge, advice and consultation. They also work locally and nationally with other organisations, supporting our links with others working in dementia care.

You can find out more about our dementia envoys on this page: KMPT | Dementia envoys


KMPT has a very active Research team and uses Join Dementia Research to recruit study participants for research projects. Join Dementia Research is a national register where anyone over the age of 18, with or without a dementia diagnosis can sign-up to take part in dementia research. Research and Development teams within NHS Mental Health Trusts use Join Dementia Research to find potential volunteers to take part in dementia trials running at their organisations. You can find out more about our work in this area, and how you can get involved in research studies using this KMPT Dementia Studies link.

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Useful information and contacts

Dementia Toolkit: Living with Dementia Toolkit

Living with dementia: my life, my goals:         

South Asian Dementia pathway:

KMPT won Most Dementia Friendly Organisation for its ground-breaking work around rapid dementia diagnosis. View our certificate here.

Read more: Inspiring award winners give hope for dementia-friendly future