Supporting People with Dementia and their Families

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Understand the anatomy and pathophysiology relating to common dementia types. Explore maintaining ‘wellness’ in patients with dementia. Make a difference to the lives of those with dementia.

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The course will provide you with an understanding of the anatomy and pathophysiology relating to common dementia types, as well as the holistic implications of dementia, with particular emphasis on the patient and carers’ journeys, experience and input.

The course will critically appraise national policies, which influence dementia care at a local and institutional level, and will consider the complementary role that allied health professionals and voluntary organisations play in supporting this patient group and their families. The course will also explore maintaining ‘wellness’ in patients with dementia, and the role of risk reduction in the prevention of dementia.

Why us?

  • This course will take place in the Sciences Complex which contains the Living Lab, an integrated facility, supported with IT connectivity that enables a range of patient journeys and scenarios to be modelled

  • This is a multi-professional course which is relevant for both primary and secondary care

Course structure

This course is taught over five full days, one day per week delivered using:

  • Lecture style
  • Video clips
  • Interactive work
  • Carer/patient presentation
  • Practice and work-based learning

Topics covered include:

  • National policy, legislation and research developments
  • Dementia pathophysiology
  • Delirium and infection
  • Depression
  • Pharmacology and managing medications
  • Equality and Diversity in dementia
  • Safeguarding, mental capacity and elder abuse
  • Communication, behavioural support and dealing with difficult situations
  • Compassionate care, compassion fatigue and considering personal values
  • The importance of multidisciplinary input and collaborative working
  • Promoting ‘wellness’ and providing an appropriate environment and meaningful activity
  • Reducing the risks associated with developing dementia
  • Supporting the carer by promoting partnership working
  • The patient journey – diagnosis to death
  • The role of voluntary agencies / societies
  • Our Clinical Skills Suite is equipped with a range of clinical equipment for training health professionals. The cutting-edge equipment is backed up with excellent IT facilities and helpful IT support staff.

    Clinical Skills Suite
  • We’ve got thousands of relevant books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to- date academic and industry articles. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format.

    Library Services - general
  • Map and directions


This course is based in the Sciences Complex at our City Campus, which boasts excellent facilities and cutting-edge equipment thanks to multi-million-pound investments.

Entry requirements

Applicants should be registered healthcare professionals working within an appropriate clinical setting.

Please contact the CaPE team for information on start dates:

Fees and finance

The fee for this course is £700, but you may be eligible for HEENE funding.

This information was correct at the time of publication.

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