Dr David Sheard
CEO / Founder
UK Care Personality of the Year
16th National Care Awards
TV Series Consultant, Channel 4, Dementiaville
Over the last 30 years, David has developed a reputation as a challenging and motivational speaker in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada and Australia and as a leading UK dementia care consultant. His main focus in speaking has been to demonstrate in reality why changing care cultures matters and how to achieve this.
Health and Social Care Experience
David spent 15 years in health and social services in specialist dementia care posts – as a Social Worker in Hospitals and Community settings, Lecturing at University of Nottingham Medical School, Managing Community Mental Health Teams (Older People), as a Home Care Manager and Group Principal Social Worker. Latterly his post in the NHS was as a General Manager of Old Age Psychiatry in an NHS Trust.
Dementia Care Matters
David founded Dementia Care Matters in 1995. His purpose is to demonstrate that dementia care is about emotional care and that this is no different to what we all need in life. For over 10 years he previously worked as an external training consultant to Alzheimer’s Society. In 2012 David launched a major DVD Training Programme for Care Workers and Nurses: Mattering® in a dementia care home. Dementia Care Matters’ belief and approach as a team are outlined in 19 publications and DVDs entitled the ‘Feelings Matter Most’ series including the new publication ‘Loving: the essence of being a butterfly in dementia care.‘ In 2015 Dementia Care Matters launched its new culture change DVD, ‘ Giving: hope for the future of dementia care. ‘
He has an appointment as a Visiting Senior Fellow in the School of Health and Social Care, University of Surrey and holds the Honorary Degree award of Doctor of the University (DUniv).
Media Profile and Working with Families
David has extensive experience supporting people living with dementia, their families and friends. In his previous work with the national Alzheimers Society he led a major educational programme called ‘Being Together With Dementia.’
This programme pioneered bringing people living with dementia and families supporting people together to learn from each other about why feelings matter most in relationships.
Besides numerous radio interviews, in 2009 David worked as a Dementia Care Consultant to the BBC for the programme ‘Can Gerry Robinson Fix Dementia Care Homes’ believing this was the most powerful way to get the message across that dementia care could be so different. In February 2012 David featured on an S4C documentary ‘One in Three’.
In 2014 David worked as the Series Consultant on Channel 4’s 3-part documentary series ‘Dementiaville’ working with people living with a dementia and their families. This series was aired on Channel 4 in June 2015 with Poppy Lodge, a Royal British Legion home and a Dementia Care Matters Level 1 Butterfly Care Home, featured in the first episode of the series. Dementiaville was nominated for Best Documentary Series at National Broadcast Awards in February 2016.
David has a large number of articles published in the Journal of Dementia Care.
David is supported by an expert team of 24 leading edge dementia care consultants providing consultancy, training, research and service development. Dementia Care Matters has a network of dementia care home organisations who have contracted with Dementia Care Matters to be supported as “Butterfly Projects”. Butterfly Projects focus on providing real quality of life – this can lead to some homes achieving Dementia Care Matters Quality of Life ‘Kitemark’. Dementia Care Matters is an international membership organisation with a growing network of members across the world who receive Dementia Care Matters newsletter ‘flutter’ and have access to online tools.