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Fundamental Principles of Dementia Care

Course Details

Course/Module Code





19-20 Non-Accredited 20 credits



19-20 Accredited 20 credits



Course Dates

Under the start date is shown: all attendance days and Apply for this course.

Course Dates

Course Information : For M level study, see Principles of Dementia Care Submission date: 19th May 2019. There will be two online study days, this will be confirmed by the Module Leader during the course.



Attendance days for the course

Tuesday - 25 February 2020GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:30 - 16:00
Tuesday - 03 March 2020GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday - 10 March 2020GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday - 17 March 2020GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday - 24 March 2020GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday - 31 March 2020GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday - 07 April 2020GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:00




A 3,000 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.



Careers/further study

This module can contribute towards:

  • BSc(Hons) Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • BSc(Hons) Health and Social Care
  • MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • Professional Development Award



This multi-professional course syllabus covers the following areas and is an example only.
The example syllabus is subject to change in timing & mode of delivery.

Example Day 1

  • Introduction to the module
  • Development of theories related to person centred care
  • The importance of personhood, identity and life history

Example Day 2

  • Ethics & Ethical decision making in dementia care
  • The inter relationship of physical and mental health in people with dementia

Example Day 3

  • The assessment of people with Learning Disabilities & Dementia
  • Agency & occupation in the care of people with dementia

Example Day 4

  • Working with unmet needs

Example Day 5

  • Cognitive assessment of dementia: Types & Pathophysiology of dementia
  • Pharmacological approaches when working with people with dementia

Example Day 6

  • Working with families and carers
  • The experience of people living with dementia from different BAME communities

Course Director

Jeremy Allen


On successful completion of this multi-professional module, you will be able to:

  • 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 person's carer/family.
  • Analyse available evidence to support effective communication with people with dementia.
  • Critically discuss the different "types" of dementia and the presentation in an individual.
  • Critically discuss the use of health education and promotion to facilitate lifestyle changes that reduce the risk of dementia.

Learning and Teaching

Delivery of multiple learning approaches which include 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.

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20 credit level 3 module

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