Advancing the care and support of the person with dementia and their carer (degree and masters level)

Key features

This 20 credit module can be taken at degree and masters level and will enable you to critically examine the care delivered to people with dementia and gain confidence in your own expertise in dementia care.

You will develop underpinning knowledge and strategies to provide an effective evidence-based approach to the care of the person with dementia and their carer, and you will learn to link evidence-based theory to current clinical practice and formulate strategies that improve service delivery and give effective high quality care. This module will enhance your employability in a variety of healthcare settings.

This module is delivered by Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Devon Partnership NHS Trust, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust in partnership with Plymouth University.

Module code

HEAD347 / APP732*

Credits

20

FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree

Level 7 - masters degree

Location

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust; Devon Partnership NHS Trust; Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust

* This module was previously known as MCH527 at masters level

HEAD347 course details (degree level)

On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the brain and integrate this into informed practice.
  • critically evaluate the care of a person with dementia including the assessment, planning and implementation of multi-disciplinary interventions.
  • demonstrate an awareness of ethical / moral / cultural / legal / professional issues relating to the care and treatment of the person with dementia and their families / carers.
  • critically evaluate current evidence-based research in order to implement changes in practice which will enhance the care of the person with dementia and their carer.

Assessment

The assessment for this module is in two parts:

1. a written assignment

2. a presentation

(Please note that the assessment details are provisional – if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

APP732 course details (masters level)

On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the brain and integrate this into informed practice.
  • critically evaluate the care of a person with dementia including the assessment, planning and implementation of multi-disciplinary interventions demonstrating the ability to analyse and synthesise complex, incomplete or contradictory evidence.
  • demonstrate a deep and systematic understanding of ethical / moral / cultural / legal / professional issues relating to the care and treatment of the person with dementia and their families / carers.
  • critically evaluate current evidence-based research demonstrating the ability to analyse and synthesise complex, incomplete or contradictory evidence in order to implement changes in practice which will enhance the care of the person with dementia and their carer.

Assessment

The assessment for this module is in two parts:

1. a written assignment

2. a presentation

(Please note that the assessment details are provisional – if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates

The dates for the next delivery are to be confirmed.

Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change, always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit.

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

What programmes can these modules count towards?

At degree level, this module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards our new BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Health and Social Care course and a number of associated pathways. 

At masters level, this module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards our new MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Professions) programme and some other associated pathways.

For further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.    

Our students say...

  • A “I have a better understanding as a whole but also about the different types (of dementia) and how they progress.”
  • A “One of the best aspects of the course was learning from each other (as students).”
  • A “Good information (giving me the) ability to bring theory into practice.”

Stephanie Janka-Spurlock 

HEAD347 module lead (degree level)

stephanie.janka@nhs.net

"The course is aimed at practitioners working in both the health and social care setting and will build your confidence, knowledge and skill base in working with people who suffer from dementia as well as their friends and families."

Francis Thompson 

APP732 module lead (masters level)

francis.thompson@plymouth.ac.uk

"The masters-level module is designed to develop and test your academic abilities as well as boosting your knowledge and practical skills in this important and growing area of care delivery. By the end of the module you will have demonstrated high level analytical skills and a detailed and critical understanding of the evidence base which will boost your confidence in this area."

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on the module:

  • you need to be a registered health and social care professional working in clinical practice.
  • to study the module at degree level, you must have previously studied at level 5 (i.e. Foundation degree or equivalent).
  • to study the module at masters level, you must have previously studied to graduate level.

Funding and fees

Funding

These modules are commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) and you may, therefore, be eligible for funding through your employing trust.

Please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

Fees

If you are self funding, please contact the relevant trust who will be able to confirm the fee for the module. Trust contact details are outlined below in the ‘further information’ section.