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Building an initial understanding of UK Recovery College dementia courses: a national survey of Recovery College and memory services staff

Wolverson, Emma; Hague, Leanne; West, Juni; Teague, Bonnie; Fox, Christopher; Birt, Linda; Mills, Ruth; Rhodes, Tom; Sams, Kathryn; Moniz-Cook, Esme


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Dr Emma Wolverson
Reader in Ageing and Dementia. Research Lead for Dementia UK.

Leanne Hague

Juni West

Bonnie Teague

Christopher Fox

Linda Birt

Ruth Mills

Tom Rhodes

Kathryn Sams

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Professor Esme Moniz-Cook
Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology of Ageing and Dementia Care Research / Dementia Research Work Group Lead


Purpose: Recovery Colleges were developed to support the recovery of people with mental health difficulties through courses co-produced by professionals and people with lived experience. This study aims to examine the use of Recovery Colleges to support people with dementia. Design/methodology/approach: A survey was circulated to UK Recovery College and memory service staff, exploring provision, delivery and attendance of dementia courses. Open responses provided insight into participant views about recovery in post-diagnostic support and the practicalities of running dementia courses. Findings: A total of 51 Recovery College staff and 210 memory service staff completed the survey. Twelve Recovery College dementia courses were identified across the UK. Three categories emerged from the qualitative data: post-diagnostic support, recovery in the context of dementia, challenges and areas of innovation. Originality/value: This study highlights the benefits and practicalities of running Recovery College courses with people with dementia. Peer-to-peer learning was seen as valuable in post-diagnostic support but opinions were divided about the term recovery in dementia.


Wolverson, E., Hague, L., West, J., Teague, B., Fox, C., Birt, L., …Moniz-Cook, E. (2023). Building an initial understanding of UK Recovery College dementia courses: a national survey of Recovery College and memory services staff. Working with Older People,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 12, 2023
Online Publication Date Jul 21, 2023
Publication Date Jan 1, 2023
Deposit Date Jun 12, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jul 21, 2023
Journal Working with Older People
Print ISSN 1366-3666
Electronic ISSN 2042-8790
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Dementia; Post-diagnostic support; Recovery college; Memory services; Co-production; Peer support
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