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Improving Dementia Care, Short Course

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 6 months
    Duration
University rank #501 (WUR) Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
The Improving Dementia Care programme offered by The Open University UK is for registered and unregistered practitioners and carers with an interest in, or responsibility for, the care of people with dementia. 
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Overview

The Improving Dementia Care programme offered by The Open University UK encourages you to think critically about what it means to be person-centred, and reflect upon the challenges of providing quality care. Real accounts of practice from people affected by dementia, their family members and practitioners enrich this interactive course. 

Written assuming no prior knowledge, the online learning guides support you in building your understanding of dementia care through discussions of up-to-date research and theory, brought to life through interactive activities and audio-visual accounts from practice.

By the end of this course you should have developed knowledge and understanding of:

  • the medical and physiological dimensions of dementia in relation to symptoms, changes in the brain and medication
  • the personal experience of dementia in relation to memory, identity, social relationships
  • person-centred care of people with dementia and the role of the family
  • how the physical environment affects the person with dementia and how its design can improve their experience
  • decision making in partnership with people with dementia which supports autonomy
  • how organisational cultures shape the care of people with dementia.

At the end of this course you should have developed the skills to:

  • integrate different experiences of dementia and the associated caring practices with theoretical knowledge
  • critically reflect on and develop practice and care in order to meet the needs of people with dementia
  • develop the capacity to make decisions in partnership with people with dementia
  • respond appropriately to the needs of people with dementia
  • take responsibility for your own learning and/or continuing professional development.

Vocational relevance

The course focuses on person-centred practice and is highly relevant to staff working at all levels in health and social care (registered staff and non-registered support staff), those directly involved in frontline care and those who need to understand the sensitivities and challenges entailed in supporting people with dementia and supporting their families and carers. Participants will establish a strong link between what they learn and their work practice.

The way the course is delivered means it is accessible to people working in acute, community and domiciliary settings; staff have access to learning at any time that suits them (24/7) and can refer back to case studies, guidance and learning points at any time – even after they have completed study. This ensures that outcomes from study can be applied in practice long after the course has been completed. We are proud of the way the course creates relevant, enduring and transferable outcomes for health and social care service.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 6 months
    • Duration description

      The course will be open to you for a time period of between 6 and 18 months depending on your course registration date and you will be advised of the specific time limitations upon enrolment.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

This 50-hour multimedia online course is focused on dementia care. In the course of your studies, you will develop an understanding of:

  • the medical and physiological dimensions of dementia including symptoms, changes in the brain, diagnosis and medication
  • the experience of dementia in relation to memory, identity and social relationships
  • a person-centred approach to meeting the needs of the person with dementia
  • the impact of the design of the physical environment
  • how organisational cultures shape the quality of care and
  • decision making, capacity, consent and risk.

Audience

The course focuses on person-centred practice and is highly relevant to staff working at all levels in health and social care (registered staff and non-registered support staff), those directly involved in frontline care and those who need to understand the sensitivities and challenges entailed in supporting people with dementia and supporting their families and carers.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • There are no entry requirements. For each course you can register and begin at any time during the life of the course. You can study at your own pace. 

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    185 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 185 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
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Living costs for Milton Keynes

  • 848 - 1350 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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