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Dementia Care in Health and Social Care, Short Course

University of Portsmouth, the United Kingdom

University of Portsmouth

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About Dementia Care in Health and Social Care, Short Course - at University of Portsmouth


This course in Dementia in Health and Social Care will provide you with in-depth, evidence based knowledge of best practice in dementia care. 

We know that people living with dementia have on average, three-or-more additional long-term or life­limiting conditions, and are therefore a prominent patient population in health and social care organisations.

It's estimated that 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia and this is expected to increase to more than a million by 2025, and more than two million by 2050. This is partly due to the ageing population.

The course is underpinned by the Tier 3 learning outcomes created by Health Education England and will therefore focus on the biopsychosocial aspects of dementia, evidence based approaches to support people with dementia, law and ethics in dementia care and strategies to support families who are facing dementia.

Course highlights:

  • Developed in consultation with Portsmouth Hospital University NHS Trust, course material's are informed by the reality of clinical practice
  • Learn from academic staff who have a background in mental health nursing, or are dementia specialists, and from course materials that draw from the the latest research

The course will cover topics including:

  • Health and well being in dementia care
  • Person centred care
  • Law, ethics and safeguarding
  • Genograms/ecomaps
  • Lived experience
  • Alternative therapy in dementia care
  • Environment and risk assessment
  • End of life care

Careers and opportunitiesCareers this course prepares you for

This course will help you develop your knowledge and confidence as a health and social care practitioner specialising in dementia care so you can progress into leadership and management roles.

After this course you could go into roles such as:

  • Policy development
  • Service manager
  • Specialist care worker

After this course you could go on to work for:

  • The NHS
  • Local authorities
  • Private sector healthcare providers
  • Charities

Entry requirements

Applicants are to be working with dementia in a health or social care setting.

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