This online award provides you with evidence-based interventions to support health and social care staff to safely reduce medication, restrictive practices and improve quality of life for people living with dementia. Developed from the ‘Focussed Intervention Training and Support (FITS) into Practice’ research programme, it is one of the only evidence-based models for care settings of people with dementia, complex needs and distressed behaviour.
The course is designed to equip students from a variety of professional backgrounds with the skills, materials and know-how to deliver a practice-based programme to frontline health and social care staff Those undertaking this module can deliver this programme many times over and form an ongoing community of practice.
The course will reflect the learning outcomes in the Dementia Training Standards Framework and students who complete this double module can leave with this Postgraduate Award or use it towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Person-Centred Dementia Studies.
- A fully online supportive learning environment which utilises a flexible, multidisciplinary, student-centred route to postgraduate achievement.
- A course structured around the values of academic freedom, ethical awareness and critical appraisal.
- Stimulating learning conditions in which students gain the confidence to feel they can shape future dementia care by challenging and enhancing current practice and approaches.
- A course which critically reflects on the FITS (Focussed Intervention Training and Support) into Practice programme, its implementation and relevant emerging evidence in the field.
Course participants must have significant experience of delivering training, education and professional development to direct care staff and be in a position to deliver training and support to staff working in health and care organisations.
- An honours degree at 2:2 level or above
- Qualifications and experience considered to be equivalent to the above. All students applying via this route will be assessed and where necessary interviewed by the Course Lead.
What will you study?
This course has been developed from an evidence-based programme Implementing the Focussed Intervention Training and Support (FITS) into Practice course in care settings for people with dementia, complex needs and distressed behaviour.
This and other courses are informed by research and current developments and by feedback from students, external examiners and employers and do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice.
This course is offered on a part time basis only. The mandatory module, Expert Practice in Delivering Person-Centred Dementia Care (30 credits) runs once per year across two semesters. The module starts annually in semester two (January), that is, the module will be completed in a calendar year.
Students who complete this Expert Practice in Delivering Person-Centred Dementia Care module can choose to leave with a Postgraduate Award in Professional Development or use it towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Person-Centred Dementia Studies. The course will reflect the learning outcomes in the Dementia Training Standards Framework.
How will you be taught?
Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and by feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. For more information, please view our programme specification.
The Association for Dementia Studies
The Association for Dementia Studies is a multi-professional university research centre with many years of experience in the field of person-centred dementia care and support. We make a cutting edge contribution to developing evidence-based practical ways of working with people living with dementia, their families, friends and carers that enable them to live well. We draw on and contribute to the international evidence base for person-centred dementia care. Using this evidence, we deliver education programmes that empower people to provide skilled, competent and compassionate care.
Our work influences policy change at a local, national and international level and changes practice on the front line. Our research informs practice and policy for people living with dementia, their families, and the professionals who support them. We work in partnership with organisations across the public, private and third sectors.
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