The packages outlined below are specially designed for health and care establishments. Each is suitable for a range of care settings and the packages can be tailored to meet the needs of individual establishments.

Our training is based upon the Gerdner Protocol developed at Stanford University and is backed by the Care Inspectorate in Scotland. 

Playlist for Life has now successfully delivered training across the UK to over 98 organisations including private Care Homes and NHS dementia wards.

Please contact us for further information or to discuss your requirements.

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Basic package

  • Cost: £800 + trainer travel
  • Who should attend? Care workers, nurses, health and care practitioners, managers
  • Course duration: Half a day
  • Price per head equivalent: £50 (based on a maximum of 16 attending)

By the end of this session you will:

  • Understand why music is special in our brain, the science behind it and what personal music is
  • Know the benefits that personal music can bring to people with dementia, their loved ones and care staff members
  • Have identified the first person you will make a playlist for (your One) and have devised a plan to get started.
  • Have learned and practiced using Music Detective skills.

Certified package

Certification is intended for those care homes and hospitals who are committed to integrating Playlist for Life into care. This involves implementing the plan developed at the first session. This takes time, effort and commitment to ensure the criteria of receiving the award is met.

Establishments that successfully complete the Certified package will be added to the Playlist for Life register and listed on our website

  • Cost: £1270 + trainer travel
  • Who should attend? Care workers, nurses, health and care practitioners, managers Course duration 2 x half days (as above plus a follow-up presentation visit)
  • Price per head equivalent: £80 (based on a maximum of 16 attending)

You will attend the half day basic session as detailed above. A follow up visit will take place 3–4 months after the initial session.

At this session, you will:

  • Present on your experience implementing the plan you developed in the first session
  • Report who you worked with and why
  • Analyse what worked well in your project, any difficulties you encountered and how you resolved them
  • Explain your plan to keep Playlist for Life going
  • Celebrate the success of your project, and your newly acquired Certified Playlist status

Certification is awarded on the basis that Playlist for Life will be incorporated into care and made available to all residents/patients. Re-registration by self-certification is required every two years.


Post Diagnostic Support (PDS) Practitioners

  • Cost: £800 + trainer travel
  • Who should attend? PDS Practitioners supporting families after diagnosis Course duration: Half a day
  • Price per head equivalent: £50 (based on a maximum of 16 attending)

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Identify how you can use Playlist for Life in your PDS role
  • Introduce Playlist for Life as a useful tool to families you work with
  • Provide practical advice and guidance on researching and using a playlist of personally meaningful music
  • Explain how to use practical tools such as the wall chart and the music journal to benefit the person with dementia best

Activity Co-ordinators

  • Cost: £800 + trainer travel
  • Who should attend? Activity co-ordinators from care homes or day centres Course duration: Half a day
  • Price per head equivalent: £50 (based on a maximum of 16 attending)

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Introduce Playlist for Life as a fun activity within your care home
  • Practice music detective skills which will be used to identify appropriate songs for all members of the group
  • Identify ways of using personalised music in different group settings
  • Describe ways of using playlists, both as stand-alone activities, and to help with other activities