Principles of Dementia Care

20 credit Masters level module


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

  • Critique the principal theories, concepts, policies and practices that influence the delivery of person centred dementia care.
  • Critically reflect on the legal and ethical issues relevant to practice with people with dementia, providing a critical rationale for decision making and risk taking.
  • Debate the impact that non-pharmacological and pharmacological approaches may have on the wellbeing of the person with dementia.
  • Critically appraise the evidence base that encourages a partnership approach with the persons family/carers, to develop effective, innovative and collaborative practice.
  • Critically evaluate the available evidence base that supports effective communication with people with dementia.
  • Critically debate how the different “types” of dementia may be presented in an individual and how this influences care management.
  • Critically evaluate and justify health education and promotion strategies that facilitate lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of dementia

Careers / Further study

This multi-professional module can contribute towards:

  • MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • MSc Professional Development.



This multi-professional course syllabus covers the following areas and is an example time-table only.
The example time-table 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

Learning and Teaching

Multiple Learning Approaches which include online directed study and face to face learning. This module can be taken as a 20 credit module or as individual days.

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.

Study time

You will typically attend six – seven days (each day six CPD hours) over the course of the module. These days will comprise a mixed model of lecture and seminar formats.


A 3,000 word assignment.

You will complete a critical reflective account of their professional practice area, focusing on the implementation of a service / practice development or initiative in relation to one of the following:

  • Ethical issues
  • Risk taking
  • Relationships
  • Psycho social aspects
  • Stress and distress.

At Masters level, you are expected to critically evaluate, synthesise and provide independent perspectives regarding the delivery of service in this case study. This should include a critical exploration of the literature and debate the wider socio-political implications of dementia care.


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