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Dementia Awareness Training

Duration One a day (6 hours online session)
Fees £93
Session LeaderSuzanne McGowan
Date Contact NHS study day Team for more information


This one-day training provides the necessary knowledge and information to prepare staff with confidence in how to manage the holistic needs of the person with dementia. It will be of interest to staff from primary care-based practitioners, mental health and social care professionals working in inpatient and community settings, whose role may include delivering care and support to individuals with dementia.

Course content

Research has shown that the end of life care needs of patients with dementia and their families, are poorly understood and poorly addressed.

By the end of the session, participants should be able to:

  1. Exhibit a greater understanding of dementia, its prevalence and its impact upon individuals
  2. Consider the assessment skills required and state how physical health difficulties may exacerbate or mimic symptoms of dementia (focus on depression)
  3. Engage in reflective evaluation of caring interventions
  4. Describe a person-centred approach to care including the RCN SPACE tool, the ‘forget me not’ scheme and butterfly approach
  5. Explain evidence-based interventions particularly in relation to managing the environment
  6. Describe a more expansive use of communication skills when interacting and understanding the needs of people with dementia
  7. Recognise the role of the carer/family, their needs and the support networks.
  8. State national policy drivers and the effect of these on practice

Learning and teaching

Study mode: Synchronous online delivery via virtual classroom using one of the following web-based learning and teaching platforms (e.g. MS teams, Kaltura new row, Adobe connect, Zoom).  The content on the day will be delivered via a mixture of PowerPoint presentation, small group exercise and discussion, group feedback and recap/quiz.

Fees and funding

There are several funding options available:

  • receiving course fees via CPPD contracts between NHS trusts and Middlesex University
  • paying your own fees
  • sponsorship   by your employer

For more information for any of these options, including fee rates for self-funding/employer-sponsored students, please visit our dedicated funding page.

How to apply

To apply for this course, please email our NHS study days team.

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