Professional course

Principles of Dementia Care

20 credit Masters level module

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Nursing and Midwifery
Course director:
Natalie Godfrey

Page last updated 1 September 2016


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

  • Critically debate how the different "types" of dementia may be presented in an individual and how this influences care management.
  • Critically evaluate and justify health education and promotion strategies that facilitate lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of dementia.
  • Critically evaluate the available evidence base that supports effective communication with people with dementia.
  • Critique the principal theories, concepts, policies and practices that influence the delivery of person centred dementia care.
  • Debate the impact that non-pharmacological and pharmacological approaches may have on the wellbeing of the person with dementia.
  • Critically reflect on the legal and ethical issues relevant to practice with people with dementia, providing a critical rationale for decision making and risk taking.
  • Critically appraise the evidence base that encourages a partnership approach with the persons family/carers, to develop effective, innovative and collaborative practice.

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute towards:

  • MSc Specialist Practice
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • MSc Professional Development



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 learning. This module can be taken as a 20 credit module or as individual days.

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 CPD hours) over the course of the module. These days will comprise a mixed model of lecture and seminar formats.


A 3000 word assignment.

You will complete a critical reflective account of their professional practice area, focusing on the implementation of a service / practice development or initiative in relation to one of the following;

Ethical issues

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

At level M you are expected to critically evaluate, synthesise and provide independent perspectives regarding the delivery of service in this case study. This should include a critical exploration of the literature and debate the wider socio-political implications of dementia care.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

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Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.


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 (level 3) or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

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

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