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Education and Training in Dementia studies for individuals and organisations

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Education and Training provided by the Association for Dementia Studies (ADS) for individuals and organisations

Training for your organisation at a venue of your choice:

The ADS training team will come and deliver training to your team. We run a variety of courses which are all adapted to your organisation’s specific needs.

Our core training courses are:

Leading person-centred services for people living with dementia

– Aimed at people with operational responsibility for the management of care in addition to strategic and policy leaders (4-6 days).We believe in creating change from the leadership level and then helping it filter through the system. Participants can get 20 University credits after attending one of these courses. The courses are delivered in blocks of 2-3 days with a month gap between the blocks in order to embed the learning.

Specialist Practice in Dementia

 Aimed at people responsible for developing and overseeing the delivery of day-to-day care (6-10 days)

Excellent Care for Patients with Dementia and Co-morbidities in Hospitals and Community Settings

Aimed at professionals in the health system. Aimed at understanding the effects of neurological impairments in the context of acute care and co-morbidities (6-9 days)

GP training

– ADS run a variety of different modules for GP settings at level 2 and 3. These tend to be between a 2-hour session and half a day. It can be for the whole surgery or targeted specifically at a group of professionals. We aim to support GP surgeries not only in achieving timely diagnosis but how to communicate this in a positive and supportive way to the person and their family and thinking about different needs over time.

In house courses/modules for individuals

Foundation degree

– a two-year study course empowering people to understand dementia and enabling people with dementia to live well. One day a week attendance at University during term times.

• Level 7 Courses (MSc)

Modules can be taken as stand-alone or as part of a PG cert or as part of a MSc in Advanced Practice. 

•Leadership in Person Centred Services for people living with dementia

6 days of teaching either in groups of 2 or 3 days with a written assignment - dates not yet set but planning to hold this if September 2015 Semester.

• Level 6 Courses – Dementia Care – two modules:

- Care of a person with dementia in an Acute Care Setting

- Dementia care in a community setting

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

• Negotiated Model 

Each participant develops a topic and submits a written assignment, supported by a ADS tutor. The combination of a taught module and negotiated learning can give an Advanced Diploma. 

The following course are also under development:       

  • Interventions in Dementia

  • Teaching and Educating Dementia to Staff and Students in dementia care

We are also always happy to think of new courses and modules if your needs are different to the ones we currently address.

If you wish to know more about these or wish to commission customised courses please contact:

Association for Dementia Studies,

University of Worcester,Henwick Grove,Worcester. WR2 6AJ. Tel: 01905 542531. Email:

Stand By Me

Stand By Me sample

SCIE Dementia gateway

Dementia Gateway

ADS training course featured in the Annual Report of Progress on the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia

The Annual Report of Progress on the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia: Delivering Major Improvements was published in May 2103 and contains a case study of our 8-day Dementia Leadership Programme for Acute Hospital staff (see page 17).

Education and training for nurses

“The Dementia Leadership Education Programme provided by University of Worcester, enabled me to gain an understanding of person centred approaches in caring for people with dementia and how this can be implemented within the acute hospital environment. The inclusion of people with dementia and carers in the programme, in particular, enabled me to gain insight into the needs of both the patient and the families/carers and to fully understand the importance of a partnership approach to care. I have been seconded to the post of Dementia Specialist Nurse for Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation trust and I have been able to use the knowledge and skills I learnt on the programme to teach others about individual needs and perspectives of someone with dementia. I am also developing a dementia training programme for trust employees to ensure that all staff have the knowledge and confidence to care and work with people with dementia, their families and carers. I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to be part of this work. The educational programme I attended has given me the knowledge to be able to fulfil my new role and to successfully make a positive change to dementia care within my trust.”  Rachel Hayden, Dementia Specialist Nurse, Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust

Curriculum for Dementia Education (CfDE)

As part of its commitment to improve professional education in dementia care, HEDN has developed a Curriculum for Dementia Education (CDE). The curriculum is designed to guide Higher Education providers in the key areas for inclusion in courses related to dementia care, at both pre-registration and post-qualifying levels.