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Professional course

Fundamental Principles of Dementia Care

20 Credit Level 3 module

About this course

Course code:
UZTRWL203
Applications:
University
Level:
Professional/Short Course
Department:
Nursing and Midwifery
Course director:
Fiona Douglas

Page last updated 19 September 2017

Introduction

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Critically discuss the different "types" of dementia and how they may present in an individual.
  • Critically discuss the use of health education and promotion to facilitate lifestyle changes that reduce the risk of dementia.
  • Analyse available evidence to support effective communication with people with dementia.
  • Critically analyse the theoretical base of person centred dementia care and the underpinning values.
  • Critically evaluate the non-pharmacological and pharmacological approaches used to enhance the wellbeing of the person with dementia.
  • Critically discuss the legal and ethical issues in dementia care and the knowledge and skills required to support risk taking as part of everyday life.
  • Critically evaluate the evidence base for the importance of forming partnerships with the persons carer / family.

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute towards: BSc(Hons) Specialist Practice, BSc(Hons) Professional Studies and BSc(Hons) Professional Development.

Structure

Content

Day 1

  • Introduction to the module
  • Dementia: Types and diagnosis
  • Pathophysiology of dementia

Day 2

  • Development of theories related to person centred care
  • The importance of identity and life history
  • Dementia Friends session (optional)

Day 3

  • Communication memory and language, strategies and cultural diversity
  • Working with unmet needs

Day 4

  • The inter relationship of physical and mental health in people with dementia
  • Pharmacological approaches when working with people with dementia
  • Prevention and keeping well / enhancing the healing environment ( student led)

Day 5

  • The Care Act and the Social and political context of dementia care
  • Decision making and assessing ; best interest assessments in practice
  • Risk enablement in dementia care / SCIE TV online learning ( managing risk minimising restraint; decision making processes)  directed study

Day 6

  • Ethical decision making with people with dementia
  • Working with families and carers

Learning and Teaching

Blended learning approach which includes online directed study and face to face.

Scheduled learning includes lectures and seminars.

Independent learning includes hours engaged with essential reading, case study preparation, assignment preparation and completion.

TEL: The module will be supported by a Blackboard module site where a range of course materials will be available. Students will be expected to access reading materials through the Blackboard site, and engage with additional activities such as accessing video and weblinks. Discussion boards will be enabled for student use, facilitated by the module leader. A range of TEL resources will be utilised as directed study activities.

Study time

You will typically attend 6 days (each day 6 hours) over the course of the module. These days will comprise a mixed model of lecture and seminar formats.

Assessment

A 3000 word assignment.

Using a case study approach explore one of the following aspects in depth;

  • Ethical issues
  • Risk taking
  • Relationships
  • Psycho social aspects
  • Stress and distress

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Please visit full fee information to see the price brackets for our modules.

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

Dates

Please see our timetable for full date information. 

How to apply

How to apply

You will apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

Our how to apply page can assist you with further information prior to submitting your online application. 

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