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Dementia Education and Development

The Association for Dementia Studies, led by Professor Dawn Brooker, provides a broad spectrum of development and education opportunities, ranging from short continuing professional development (CPD) sessions to 10 day courses, as well as providing modules here within the University. We are a multidisciplinary team that can provide teaching to a number of professional groups. We are currently providing education to care home staff, domiciliary workers, General Practitioners, hospital staff as well as many other health and social care professionals. Person centred care is at the heart of all of our education, which aims to equip attendees with the necessary knowledge and skills and empower them to use their personal leadership to affect changes to how they live and work.

We work from a position of evidence-based practice. We bring to all our workshops and courses the latest and most up-to date evidence from research and best practice. We work from an international perspective, drawing on an international evidence base.

For more information please see this brochure If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please use the contact us page to ask your question and someone will contact you.

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2016 Masterclass series - Booking now open

During Autumn 2016 the Association for Dementia Studies will be running a series of whole day intensive masterclasses here at the University of Worcester*. These are aimed at people working with people living with dementia who wish to further their expertise and practice to improve the care that they give. Titles include:

Person Centred Care and dementia - 28 September 2016

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dementia-one-day-masterclass-person-centred-care-and-dementia-28-september-2016-registration-25752938733

Dementia Friendly Design - 19 October 2016

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dementia-one-day-masterclass-dementia-friendly-design-19-october-2016-registration-25787357681

Intimacy and Sexuality - 10 November 2016

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dementia-one-day-masterclass-intimacy-and-sexuality-10-november-2016-registration-25788297492

Mental Capacity Act - 8 December 2016

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dementia-one-day-masterclass-mental-capacity-act-8-december-2016-registration-25788474020

End of Life in Dementia Care - 25 January 2017

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dementia-one-day-masterclass-end-of-life-25-january-2017-registration-25788406819

Supporting People living with Dementia and Frailty 01 March 2017

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dementia-one-day-masterclass-dementia-and-frailty-1-march-2017-registration-25792433864

Dementia and Pain – Underdiagnosed and undertreated: 22 March 2017

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dementia-one-day-masterclass-pain-and-dementia-22-march-2017-registration-25792655527

Visual Arts and Dementia (half day) Postponed – new date tbc

Further information can be found in the attached Brochure for Masterclasses for individuals.

Cost per full 1 day Masterclass - £150 (Earlybird rate - £125 up to 6 weeks in advance)

Registering to attend can be made via Eventbrite which also has details of Payment methods including by Credit and Debit card using this link - https://ext-webapp-01.worc.ac.uk/cgi-bin/adsmasterclass2016/booking.pl

Updates will be posted here. Alternatively please email dementia@worc.ac.uk with ‘Masterclass series’ in the subject line. Please state your full name and contact details indicating which classes you are interested in attending and/or details of your enquiry.

Commissioned Masterclasses

*NB: These can also be commissioned as single or multiple workshops and tailored to your organisation's needs and delivered here at the University or at your own location or at a venue of your choice. For more information please attached Brochure for Organisations or contact Gina Dutton at g.dutton@worc.ac.uk. See brochure.

Academic courses

The University of Worcester offers a number of courses and modules with a dementia focus at different academic levels. Some of our university modules are also available for you to attend as a workshop, please see the relevant titles below for more information. This information can usually be found in the frequently asked questions.

Dementia Studies Foundation Degree

A two-year study course, designed and delivered in partnership with people with dementia, family carers and employers. The Foundation Degree empowers students to understand dementia and enable people with dementia to live well. One day a week attendance at University during term times, with work based placements offering the opportunity to apply learning.

Level 6 (Degree level)

There are currently two dementia care modules offered at Level 6. These are aimed at:

Both courses will be taught in 2 blocks of 3 days in Worcester, giving a total of 6 days taught content and a written assignment.

You can attend these courses without completing the assignment and receive a certificate of attendance.

Level 7 (Masters level)

ADS is currently redeveloping and expanding the modules that are offered at Level 7.

Modules can be taken as stand-alone, as part of a postgraduate award or as part of a Master’s programme.

You can attend some modules without completing the assignment and receive a certificate of attendance. Please click on each link for more details.

University credit for attending an ADS course (Negotiated Learning)

If you attend one of our courses through your employer, you may be able to complete some independent study and an assignment to gain university credits which can be used towards a degree or masters. This is known as Negotiated Learning and will be introduced to you near the start of your course so that you can consider whether you would like to do this.

The Hennell Award

This award, generously funded by June Hennell MBE in memory of her husband Brian, is open to everyone who has attended a course facilitated by ADS or who is studying for a Foundation Degree in Dementia Studies with us. For more information click here.

Higher Education for Dementia Network

The Association for Dementia Studies is an active member of the Higher Education for Dementia Network (HEDN), which is supported by Dementia UK.

For more information

If you would like to discuss your training requirements or have any questions please contact us here or email us at: dementia@worc.ac.uk or telephone us on 01905 542531.


My team

Development Opportunities for my team

The Association for Dementia Studies team have a track record in providing consistently high quality education. As a multidisciplinary team from a wide variety of professions we are able to create an education package tailored to your team. This could be specialism or profession specific. These programmes can be delivered at a location that is convenient to your employees.

During the contracting process we will work with you to ensure that we understand the learning outcomes that you require from the package and the course will be developed to meet these outcomes.

We work from a position of evidence-based practice. We bring to all our workshops and courses the latest and most up-to-date evidence from research and best practice. We work from an international perspective, drawing on an international evidence base.

Additional information can be found in the Development Opportunities on the 'For my organisation' tab.

Examples of teams and communities of practice that we currently or have recently provided education for:

• General Practitioners

• Search and Rescue

For more information

If you would like to discuss your education requirements or have any questions please contact us at: dementia@worc.ac.uk or telephone us on 01905 542531.

The Association for Dementia Studies is an active member of the Higher Education for Dementia Network (HEDN), which is supported by Dementia UK.


My organisation

Development Opportunities for my organisation

The Association for Dementia Studies team, led by Professor Dawn Brooker, have a track record in providing consistently high quality education. As a multidisciplinary team from a wide variety of professions we are able to create an education package that meets the needs of your workforce. Education courses can be delivered at a location that is convenient to your employees.

During the contracting process we will work with you to ensure that we understand the learning outcomes that you require from the education, and the course will be developed to meet these outcomes.

We work from a position of evidence-based practice. We bring to all our workshops and courses the latest and most up-to-date evidence from research and best practice. We work from an international perspective, drawing on an international evidence base. 

We can provide you with evaluation of the improvements in confidence and knowledge of the staff who attend. We can also undertake an assessment of impact of the training on practice in your care setting by completing a more in-depth evaluation 

Depending on the length of the course, delegates have the opportunity to undertake a piece of independent study and be awarded university credit at level 6 (degree) or level 7 (masters), by completing the Negotiated Learning module or via the Acute or Community Course assignment. Additional information can be found on the development opportunities 'For me' tab.

As well as bespoke non-accredited education courses, the Association for Dementia Studies is able to work with partners to develop university accredited modules. For example, ADS has worked with Dementia UK to develop a university module for Admiral Nurses

For examples of how we have worked with a number of different providers, please see our case studies tab.       

Examples of bespoke courses that we currently have running:

2016 Masterclass and workshop series

The Association for Dementia Studies has developed a series of whole day intensive masterclasses. These are aimed at people working with people living with dementia who already have some knowledge of person centred care and wish to further their expertise and practice to improve the care that they give. For more information please click here   

Leading person-centred services for people living with dementia

This 4-6 day course is delivered in two-day blocks over a number of months, with approximately one month spacing between each block.

This enables the use of an Action Learning approach to ensure that learners have the opportunity to put into practice what they are learning in each block. The course enables learners to reflect on ways of developing their service through exploring current thinking on person-centred care, policy, research and best practice. They will be empowered to achieve change through application of the VIPS framework.

This course is aimed at people with operational responsibility for the management of care in addition to strategic and policy leaders. We believe in creating change from the leadership level and then helping it filter through the system.

Specialist Practice in Dementia Care

This 6-8 day course is delivered in two- or three-day blocks over a number of months, with approximately one month spacing between each block.

This enables the use of an Action Learning approach to ensure that learners have the opportunity to put into practice what they are learning in each block.

This course is aimed at people who have responsibility for developing care plans or providing day-to-day care to people with dementia. The course enables learners to reflect on ways of developing their service through exploring current thinking on person-centred care, policy, research and best practice. Some of the main learning outcomes are: 

• Developing care plans based on the enriched model of dementia care. 

• Developing and applying cultural competence. 

• Helping people who have extreme distress and complex needs.

Excellent Care for Patients with Dementia in Hospitals and Community Settings

This course is aimed at professionals in the health system this is generally delivered as a 6 day course in two-day blocks over a number of months, with approximately one month spacing between each block.

This enables the use of an Action Learning approach to ensure that learners have the opportunity to put into practice what they are learning in each block.

Hennell Award

This award, generously funded by June Hennell MBE in memory of her husband Brian, is open to anyone who has attended a course facilitated by ADS or who is studying for a Foundation Degree in Dementia Studies with us. For more information click here.

Higher Education for Dementia Network (HEDN

The Association for Dementia Studies is an active member of the Higher Education for Dementia Network (HEDN), which is supported by Dementia UK.

For more information

If you would like to discuss your education requirements or have any questions please contact us at: dementia@worc.ac.uk or telephone us on 01905 542531.


Case Studies

Case Studies

The Association for Dementia Studies works with organisations to ensure that the education and training that we provide is tailored to your needs. This may be bespoke education that we deliver for you at a venue of your choice, an academic programme where your staff come and experience education at the University of Worcester or a combination. For examples of how we have assisted health and care organisations and charities, please read the case studies below.