Explore needs-led dementia assessment and diagnosis while developing person-centred approaches to care which respect individuality and personal choice. Understand neuropathology in dementia, how it affects a person’s mental, physical and emotional capacity. And learn about the broader ethical and legal issues relating to dementia.
If you have a specialist professional interest in caring for older people with dementia, or if you already work in this area, our course will enhance your understanding and skills. You’ll learn a range of care strategies to use in your practice, whether you’re a mental health nurse, social worker, occupational therapist, care assistant or other professional.
Government policy places the needs of people with dementia at the forefront of contemporary care priorities. Therefore, on this course you'll learn person-centred approaches which are underpinned by respect for individuality, personal choice and family support.
You’ll learn how changes in the brain can affect a person with dementia, and how this impacts on the way that person may think, feel and behave. You’ll consider how dementia is assessed and diagnosed.
You’ll explore the broader ethical and legal issues relating to dementia and those who care for them. You’ll consider contemporary research and policy issues, and how they inform best practice and service provision. You’ll develop your understanding of needs-led assessment within person-centred working, and how health and social care professionals work in partnership with the person, their carers, and each other.
For assessment, you'll submit a 6,000-word written assignment in the form of a case study of a person from your practice area who has been diagnosed with dementia.
Practising mental health nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, care assistants, or other health or social care professionals.
The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.
With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.
At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff. With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.
Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.
You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.
Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.
Please ask your manager or Education Lead about available funding before you apply.
To join this course, you will:
Short course continuing professional development (12 weeks)
Short course continuing professional development (6 weeks)
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