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- Care of the Person with Dementia in the Contemporary Health Arena
The number of people diagnosed with dementia in the UK continues to rise year on year. Although dementia still predominantly impacts on the life of older people, there is a steady increase in the number of people under 65 with a diagnosis of dementia. It is estimated that seven out of ten people living with dementia will also be living with at least one other long-term health condition, spending longer in hospital and having limited access to advice and financial compared to people living with other long-term conditions.
Minority groups (eg BAME, LGBT etc) may further be limited by language or cultural difficulties and so not receive the support they need to live well with dementia. Healthcare professionals will need enhanced awareness and knowledge to support these people as they access services across the health economy. Positive leadership is key to supporting change and this module will provide clinicians with the knowledge and skills to be able to lead clinical developments, identify potential barriers, both political and organisational and so enhance care for the person living with dementia and their carers.
- To enable participants to develop a comprehensive understanding and awareness of how healthcare systems impact upon the experience of the person with dementia.
- To identify and appraise elements of contemporary healthcare in relation to care of the person with dementia, reflecting on the patient journey through healthcare
- To identify and analyse current research and best evidence in support of the person with dementia, via a gap analysis identify issues of significance for own role;
- To evaluate the impact of a diagnosis of dementia on members of minority groups, for example in LGBT and BAME communities and identify appropriate strategies for supporting people from these groups both pre- and postdiagnosis;
- To identify and debate legal issues related to the care of people with dementia in settings where they are detained.
A healthcare professional registered with an appropriate professional body (e.g. NMC, HCPC), or be a student registered on the BSc Rehabilitation Science programme.
The module will include the following:
- Psychosocial factors in care of the person with dementia
- Transitions between care settings Spiritual care End of life/palliative care
- Review educational materials to support health promotion for people diagnosed with dementia
- Care of the person with dementia who is detained - prison or hospital
- Barriers to care
- Cross-organisational working
- Interface with voluntary and religious organisations
- Presentation skills
15 minute presentation of a case with a further 5 minutes for questions
1000 word supporting paper