2020 applicants
Continuing Professional Development

Person Centred Dementia Care


The details
Person Centred Dementia Care
30 credits
Level 7
No date available
Colchester Campus

The proportion of the population with Dementia is growing, and as such no matter what your role in health and social care, you are likely to have to provide support or care for people with dementia.

This module offers you the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of dementia and to develop specialist skills in providing care for people living with dementia and their families.

You will be introduced to the principles of dementia care and develop a range of interpersonal and communication skills which will facilitate the delivery of professional, effective and compassionate care.

During the course you will engage in problem-based learning in an inter-professional learning context and have the opportunity to reflect on the integration of what you learn into your professional practice.

This module fits well into our MA Professional Practice pathway, or our MSc Health Care Practice pathway.

Learning outcomes

After the module you will be able to:

  • Understand the underpinning philosophy of person-centred dementia care and how to apply and evaluate in practice.
  • Develop advanced interpersonal and communication skills to enable positive and compassionate interactions with people with dementia, their families and carers.
  • Implement and critically evaluate evidence-based approaches to care that impact positively on people with dementia, their families and carers.
  • Develop an advanced understanding of the concept of health and wellbeing in dementia care practice and the effect on the person with dementia, their families and carers.

Accreditation and professional recognition

This module can be used to gain credits towards one of the Continuing Professional Development degree pathways, either at an Undergraduate (Level 6) or Postgraduate level (Level 7).

Our expert staff

This module is taught by Dr Mary Kennedy a mental health nurse with a wide range of clinical, research and academic experience.

For many years Mary worked in the NHS, leading on service improvement and innovation within clinical practice. She has a long standing interest in dementia and developing services to improve the care for people with dementia and their families.

As a mental health lecturer at the University, Mary leads the development of dementia education for health and social care practitioners. Currently, she is working on the use of storytelling to improve healthcare outcomes and how the arts can be used in dementia care.

What our participants say

‘I would like to take the opportunity to let you know how much I enjoyed the course. You and the other teachers made me a better nurse and person caring for people living with dementia. You truly did. I am using the knowledge that I have gained successfully.....’

Entry Requirements

The module is ideally suited for those who want to promote good practice and facilitate practice-based change within their organisation, or for people who want to go onto undertake a specialist role in dementia care.


Module Outline

The module is delivered over 10 individual days, consisting of taught sessions by clinical experts in the field of dementia care. Throughout the module the ideals of care and compassion and professionalism will be embedded into teaching and learning. Problem based learning is used alongside e-learning to promote individual and collaborative learning. Topics covered include: - Person and family centred care - A public health perspective - Collaborative practice and multi-professional working - Life story work - Psychosocial interventions: meaningful activity and living well with dementia - Understanding behaviours that challenge: rights, risks and restraint free care - Dementia friendly environments - Involving people with dementia in research and service development.

Assessment strategy

4000 word essay.

Fees and funding

For more information on CPD funding please visit www.essex.ac.uk/departments/health-and-social-care/cpd/funding

What's next

For more information on what next, and how to apply please visit www.essex.ac.uk/departments/health-and-social-care/cpd/how-to-apply

Get in touch

If you require further details about this module, including future course dates, please email cpd@essex.ac.uk.