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Free online training in music and dementia for universities and colleges

We are excited to announce a special promotion offering free online training for health and social care students throughout the UK.

As a charity, we have always supported health and social care professionals. The pandemic has further cemented the vital importance of their work in caring for people living with dementia, and we want to help.

We are passionate about supporting the next generation of health and care professionals, which is why we are running this special offer for universities and colleges around the UK for the remainder of the academic year 2020/2021.

What’s on offer?

Discover the power of personalised playlists for dementia

Our training introduces you to an innovative and powerful tool to help care for a person living with dementia. There is growing scientific evidence that personal music can help those living with the condition. 

The online training package will explain the benefits of personalised playlists for people living with dementia and teach students to implement this approach to person-centred care in their own work and future careers.

The course takes about 2 hours to complete and gives students an engaging introduction to the power of music and how to use playlists effectively through seven short modules.

Through videos, animation and case studies, students are introduced to dementia and its symptoms, the evidence for music, the Music Detective skills needed to build playlists, and advice for introducing playlists in practice.

Who is it for?

Any UK university or college offering courses in the following areas or any related discipline. Please get in touch if you have any questions around eligibility.

Please note: only university staff can sign up to enrol students on this course.
Are you a student? Why not forward this page to your lecturer or course organiser or use our handy template?



Social care

Music therapy

Who delivers the course?

Playlist for Life is the UK’s leading music and dementia charity. Over the past 5 years we have trained over 6,000 care professionals, nurses, and students to use playlists in dementia care.

The course is led by Andy Lowndes, Playlist for Life’s deputy chair. As a former mental health nurse and nursing academic, Andy has a vast amount of experience of working directly with people living with dementia and has helped to establish Playlist for Life as a highly respected UK-wide charity.

Andy Lowndes

Why should I be interested?

Don’t just take our word for it! Our testimonials speak for themselves. 

Playlist for Life uses music that is meaningful to a person living with dementia to improve their life, and the lives of their loved ones and carers. Everyone training for a career in health and social care should take the opportunity to learn more about the power of personalised playlists.

Prof Craig Ritchie, Chair of the Psychiatry of Ageing at the University of Edinburgh and Director of Brain Health Scotland.

I have been on several courses over several jobs and completed various types of ‘mandatory training’ over the years. I genuinely rank your training up there as one of the best systems I’ve ever used.

Nursing student

The Playlist for Life eLearning package was very informative and it is the most person-centred approach I have ever seen. It is unique and helps the person with dementia to find their own sense of identity and connect with their loved ones.


The most impactful training I have ever attended.

April Dobson,
Head of Dementia Innovation, The Abbeyfield Society

I found this such an inspiring course. What I have been taught is absolutely incredible and I can’t wait to put it into practice.


How do I sign up?

To find out more and apply, visit the course page.