I’m looking forward to seeing what Gerry Robinson has to say about dementia care in the UK. From the recent reports on the quality of care in residential homes it would seem that there are many factors which influence this. Funding is an important issue but so to are the skills, values and understanding of the staff who have to do this challenging work. The Open University course Adult Health, Social Care and Wellbeing that we are preparing for October 2010 looks at many of the issues which face practitioners when providing care for vulnerable clients. It will be interesting to see how many of the issues we have covered in this course are raised in these two BBC programmes.