The Journal of Dementia Care (JDC) is a multidisciplinary journal for all professional staff working with people with dementia in hospitals, nursing and residential care homes, day units and the community. It is available via subscription and distributed throughout the UK and internationally.

The journal is committed to improving the quality of care provided for people living with dementia by keeping readers abreast of developments in dementia care practice, training, research and technology, as well as showcasing good practice and the latest resources, events, news and views.

JDC is grounded firmly in practice with a strong emphasis on ‘knowledge translation’ which closes the gap between dementia care research and practice. JDC provides relevant, high-quality, well-researched articles with practical solutions for dementia care settings, written by practitioners, researchers and other experts in the field of dementia care within the UK and internationally.

The JDC team

Contact details for Editorial Team including editorial enquiries and article submissions

Mark Ivory (Editor): mark@dementiapublishing.community

Sue Benson (Managing Editor): sue@dementiapublishing.community

Beth Lang (Website Editor/Social Media Consultant): beth@dementiapublishing.community

Contact details for General Manager including advertising and subscription enquiries

General Manager: Melanie Blake: Tel: 0300 030 1028 (10am-1pm Monday – Friday). Please leave a message at all other times.

Email: melanie@dementiapublishing.community

Email (subs): subs@dementiapublishing.community

Dementia Publishing Team

Barbara Stephens – Founder Director

Barbara has been involved with organisations supporting people living with dementia and family carers for more than 30 years. She is CEO of Dementia Pathfinders CIC and part of a ‘Provider Collaborative’ delivering a community-based dementia support service in Sandwell, West Midlands. Barbara is Honorary Treasurer for Resonate Arts and holds Non-Executive Director positions with Agewell CIC, Mind for You and Isle of Wight Music Heritage Group. Barbara has an interest in Solution Focused Brief Therapy and has recently embarked on training as a ‘Funeral Celebrant’.

Richard Hawkins – Founder Director

Born in Kenya, Richard Hawkins worked as a surgeon in the NHS before starting Hawker Publications (HPL) in 1985 and launching JDC in 1993. JDC was sold in 2019 but bought back into Dementia Publishing Community Benefit Society by founding directors Sue Benson, Barbara Stephens and Richard.

Sue Benson – Founder Director

Sue Benson has been editor then managing editor of the Journal of Dementia Care since its launch in 1993. After a BA in English she trained and worked in general nursing, then as an editor on healthcare publications.

Left to Right: Sue Benson, Barbara Stephens and Richard Hawkins

Advisory Board

  • Caroline Baker, Restful Homes Group
  • Paola Barbarino, Alzheimer’s Disease International
  • Professor Dawn Brooker, University of Worcester
  • Theresa Ellmers, University of Southampton
  • Dr Nori Graham, Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Disease International
  • Tessa Gutteridge,Young Onset Dementia, Dementia UK
  • Karen Harrison-Dening, Dementia UK
  • Jo James, Imperial College Heathcare NHS Trust
  • Kate Lee, Alzheimer’s Society
  • Rachel Niblock, Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project – people living with dementia
  • Sahdia Parveen, University of Bradford
  • Maria Pasiecznik Parsons, Creative Dementia Arts Network
  • Lynne Phair, independent consultant nurse & expert witness
  • Jackie Pool, Dementia Pal Ltd
  • Professor Graham Stokes, HC-One
  • Professor Claire Surr, Leeds Beckett University
  • Jude Sweeting, Dementia Pathfinders
  • Dr Amanda Thompsell, South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • Rachel Thompson, Dementia UK
  • Lucy Whitman, former carer, writer, editor and trainer
  • Toby Williamson, independent consultant
  • Hilary Woodhead, NAPA

Consultant Editors

  • Professor Jill Manthorpe, Professor of Social Work, King’s College London
  • Dr Hazel Heath, independent nurse consultant: older people

Writing for JDC

Do you have a project or survey to report, or a change in practice organisation or structure which has worked well (or not), and would you like to share this experience with others? We welcome contributions of this kind, as well as bright ideas for improving the environment or well-being of people with dementia. Letters to the editor responding to articles in JDC – or contributing on other matters – are always welcome. We welcome contributions from those who have never written before as much as from experienced writers.


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ISSN 1351-8372

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