Getting to Know Me

Supporting people with dementia in general hospitals


The “Getting to Know Me” training programme has been developed with funding from the Greater Manchester Health Innovation and Education Cluster (GM-HIEC). The project took place during 2010-2013, and was a collaboration between the University of Manchester, Royal Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. The aim of the project was to pilot and evaluate dementia awareness training for staff working with people with dementia in general hospitals. The “Getting to Know Me” training materials are free to download and use.

Guidelines for downloading and using this training

The “Getting to Know Me” training programme can be targeted at staff of all grades who have regular contact with hospital patients who may have dementia. It is anticipated that the staff that you train will have had little – or no – previous training in dementia care, and as such it provides a foundation of knowledge and skills.

To deliver this training effectively, it is recommended that you have a good understanding of dementia and person-centred practice, and the confidence and skills to facilitate a training session.


Access the Training Materials:

Manual for Trainers

The manual contains all you need to know about the training materials, and it will take you step by step through the process of delivering the “Getting to Know Me” training sessions. Please consult this document in the first instance.

Training session PowerPoint presentations

There are six different PowerPoint presentations available in standard and high-contrast versions. Please see the training manual for instructions on their use.

PDF copies of training materials

In addition to the PowerPoint presentations trainers may wish to download additional resources in PDF format.

Video clips

The interviews and RCN video clip support the training session PowerPoint presentations.

View background information on the Dementia Care Project