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Mental Health of Older Adults and Dementia Clinical Academic Group

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Our CAG offers a range of community and hospital based mental health services covering the London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. These include Community Mental Health Teams, Care Home Intervention, memory services, psychology and psychotherapy services, home treatment teams, inpatient care, specialist care, and liaison services.


The CAG provides a range of education and training programmes, including an MSc in Advanced Care in Dementia, a Band 7 development programme, joint learning events with south west London and St George’s Mental Health Trust, medications management training for inpatient, specialist care and community staff, and simulation training. We've also developed an online training platform with materials to support good practice in dementia and psychosis in later life called the Dementia Training Centre.

Key education achievements include:

  • Completion of two cohorts from the MSc Advanced Care in Dementia.
  • New e-learning course on recovery focused practice in older people’s services on the Dementia Training Centre.


Our CAG has world leading researchers in dementia and older people’s psychosis, mood, anxiety and personality disorders. We are leading publicly funded randomised clinical trials to develop and improve treatment for older patients with mental health difficulties and dementia. Our work in dementia has identified novel biomarkers for diagnosis and progression monitoring, new treatment and effectiveness trials, for example developing new MRI markers based on the shape of the hippocampus to confirm diagnosis of Alzheimers disease at the earliest stage, and trialling potential course-modifying drugs in patients within our memory services. 

We aim to transform the quality of our clinical services, research and education for older people with mental health illness or dementia and their carers, until we are confident that we set an example of quality and effectiveness.


Clinical Academic Group Leads:

Rob Stewart

Daniel Harwood

Vanessa Smith


You can download our outcome book here

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