Social consequences of dementia care

This short, university credit bearing course will build on your understanding of dementia as an ‘impairment’, differentiate between approaches and models of care, understand the barriers to the maintenance of personhood and apply evidence to practice appropriate to your health or social care context.

Online course description

Recognition of the trajectory of the disease and the challenges associated with assisting people to maintain as much independence as possible, through the stages of dementia, is a key focus of a modern health and social care system. This course aims to develop skills required of you as an advanced practitioner capable of autonomous working within your practice setting.

You will build on your understanding of Dementia as an ‘impairment’, differentiate between approaches and models of care, understand the barrier to the maintenance of personhood and apply evidence to practice appropriate to your health or social care context.

This course is suitable for a range of staff from health and social care settings such as adult nurses, mental health nurses, social workers and occupational therapists, but also including those who work in nursing homes and community settings, those who provide integrated services, Prison services and care for people with a diagnosis of dementia.

Course content

  • Models of Reflection
  • Communication, compassion and courage
  • Introduction to Dementia, diagnosis trajectory and treatment
  • Different approaches (Bio-Medical explanations of Dementia as an ‘impairment’, social model of disability
  • Understanding Dementia from a socio-cultural perspective/ psychological perspective
  • Factors influencing a loss of personhood
  • The impact of stigma and attitudes towards individuals, their families and care givers
  • Different models of care (person-centered care/ recovery model)
  • The role of the professional in developing and applying best practice standards and the application of evidence and research
  • Consider the measures of control and release of control over the quality of life
  • Maintaining Independence
  • Self Determination
  • Right to life
  • Government Legislation e.g. Mental Capacity Act (2005) European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights (2013)

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the context of local and national health and social care initiatives in dementia care and explore the implications for practitioners
  • Critically evaluate barriers to maintaining personhood
  • Critically reflect on their own role in developing a service improvement project/initiative


Offset course credits towards BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Top-Up)

If you are a registered nurse but do not have a degree qualification, once you’ve completed this course you could offset the 20 credits towards our online BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Top-Up) degree. This would reduce the number of modules you would need to study and the total cost of the course.

Alternatively, if you are a health and social care practitioner you may wish to offset the 20 credits by progressing to the online BSc (Hons) Integrative Health and Social Care (Top-Up) degree.

Fees and funding

Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.

UK/EU fee: £840

International fee: £840

Course requirements

You will:

  • Be able to provide evidence of previous study at Level 5 (such as University Diploma or equivalent) or above in a subject area related to health and social care.
  • Be a health care professional registered with a UK health regulator such as, and not limited to: Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), General Dental Council (GDC), General Medical Council (GMC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Have access to an environment where you will be able to apply your skills to achieve the individual course learning outcomes. This does not specifically need to be employment and could include voluntary work


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