Key Facts

Module Title: NUR-30193: Dementia Assessment
Mode of Study:Trimester 2/3
Contact Details:Contact School of Nursing and Midwifery - 01782 679559
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Fees: Click for details

Up to two thirds of patients admitted to hospitals are aged over 65 years (DH 2011) and up to 30% of these may be suffering from a form of dementia (Alzheimer's Society 2012).

The Dementia assessment module has been developed in collaboration with Trust partners, in an effort to provide a bridging platform for practitioners wishing to expand their knowledge and skills base in relation to service user inclusion, health promotion and early intervention in the care of the person with dementia.

Those attending the module will develop knowledge in relation to the structure and function of the brain and how this is impacted upon by dementia. Further, they will learn about the most common forms of dementia and explore evidence-based assessment tools for cognitive impairment specifically GDS and 6-CIT.

Studied as a stand-alone short 5 credit module or part of a longer learning pathway the module will provide learning opportunities to any registered health professional involved in the assessment of older adults in any health or social care setting.

Finally, the module will provide an excellent learning experience for those practitioners who would like to professionally 'update' and for those who would like to pursue a Degree programme of learning.

NOTE: This module is also available as a stand-alone workshop (£100). Please contact the School for further details. Workshops are not assessed.

If you take one or more of the 5-credit modules, you cannot subsequently do the 15-credit Dementia module. 

To enhance understanding of the effects of dementia on the structure and function of the brain and to facilitate appropriate person-centred assessment strategies.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Effectively undertake an assessment of a patient using a validated, evidence-based assessment tool, for example the Geriatric Depression Scale and the 6-CIT, cognitive assessment tool.
  • Demonstrate underpinning knowledge in relation to the assessment process in dementia.
  • Define 'Dementia' and the main sub-types
  • Identify the principles of person-centred assessment.

You MUST hold a professional registration with an appropriate body and have access to an appropriate clinical mentor within the care setting (e.g. NMC, HCPC), working with people who may suffering from dementia. You will also have had the opportunity to be involved in or be expected to carry out initial assessment prior to full dementia screening.

A one day workshop (8 Hours)
Guided learning activities (17 Hours)
Observation of practice (8 Hours)
Self directed study (15 Hours)
Tutorial (2 Hours)


01: Essay weighted 100%
1000 word essay evaluating assessment frameworks
The assessment will be a critical analysis of cognitive assessment frameworks. An assessment carried out in practice will form an appendix to the assignment