Person-centred care of the person with dementia Level 7
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This module will enable registered practitioners from any discipline to develop skills in planning and delivering person-centred care to people experiencing dementia.
A significant number of patients accessing healthcare for a condition such as hypertension or type 2 diabetes may also be experiencing cognitive impairment. This may be due in part to the primary condition or a diagnosed dementia such as Alzheimer's disease.
It is important that healthcare professionals understand the connections between co-morbid long-term conditions and dementia and have the skills to be able to manage care in a person-centred way which effectively meets the holistic needs of the person with dementia.
This module will enable registered practitioners from any discipline to develop skills in planning and delivering person-centred care to people experiencing dementia. Participants will develop skills in the recognition of the common types of dementia, including signs and symptoms, as well as overcoming potential barriers to communication. They will develop strategies to effectively promote physical health and inclusion for people experiencing dementia and to manage the challenges posed by the presence of co-morbid physical illness and cognitive impairment.
This module aims to enable clinicians to critically examine and reflect upon the fundamental principles of person-centred care and to examine and critically appraise assessment strategies and communication with the person with dementia.
It will facilitate students to develop their understanding of assessment processes in relation to dementia and apply this knowledge to their area of clinical practice.
- All candidates will hold a full first level registration with a relevant regulatory body eg Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
- Candidates will normally work in a healthcare setting and in a role relevant to the module.
- Evidence of successful study at level 6.
Content will include:
- Identification of the main structures of the brain including vascular system
- Description the function of the main structures of the brain
- Definition of dementia
- Signs and symptoms of dementia
- Identification the most common forms of dementia
- Discussion of assessment tools for cognitive impairment
- The communication process - verbal and non-verbal
- Principles of communication including the SOLER framework
- Identification of clinical conditions which may impair communication such as agnosia or dysphasia
- Identification of strategies to overcome potential barriers to communication
- Small group experiential learning
- Case study exploration using examples of people experiencing co-morbid illnesses
- Medication prescribed for dementia
- Drug interactions
- Medication management/concordance
- Mental Capacity Act
Teaching and assessment
The principal learning and teaching methods used in the module may include:
- Lectures, seminars and workshops: The core of each module delivery mode is a series of face to face tutor-led or group-led seminars or workshops.
- Web-based learning using the Keele Learning Environment (KLE), Blackboard.
- Group work and peer support. All modules use focused group work and class discussions within face to face tutor time.
- Directed independent study - most of the study hours for each module comprise independent learning by expecting participants to add depth and breadth to their knowledge of topics, to practice skills and to reflect on critical incidents and their practice.