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Academic Modules and Courses - Dementia Education and Development for Individuals 


Coming soon…..

Postgraduate Certificate Person-Centred Dementia Studies (Online) Subject to approval

The PG Certificate in Person-Centred Dementia Studies has been designed specifically for current or potential future managers or leaders of dementia care services in health and social care organisations, charities or businesses. Effective leadership in person centred care is fundamental for the ability of an organisation to deliver services that work for people living with dementia. This course will furnish you with evidence based interventions to expand your knowledge and skills in order to provide exemplary dementia care.

This online course provides a developmental route for health and social care professionals to improve the quality of their services. It aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and resources to enable them to reach their full potential as skilled care givers, managers and leaders. At the end of the course you will be able to evidence your learning against the tier 3 learning outcomes in the Dementia Training Standards Framework.

Postgraduate Award in Professional Development   Advanced Practice in Delivering Person-Centred Dementia Care (Online) Subject to approval

This new postgraduate award is for people who successfully complete the Master’s level double module in Advanced Practice in Delivering Person-Centred Dementia Care.

It equips course participants to implement the evidence-based FITS into practice programme (Focussed Interventions Training and Support) in care settings for people living with dementia, complex needs and distressed behaviour.

You will be able to take individual modules within the Postgraduate Certificate will available to take standalone.

More information will be available shortly.

  • Advanced Practice in Delivering Person-centred Dementia Care (FITS)
  • Working with people with dementia - Applying the Admiral Nursing Competency Framework


Advanced Practice in Delivering Person-centred Dementia Care (FITS)

Module: Advanced Practice in Delivering Person-Centred Dementia Care (subject to approval)

 Implementing the FITS into Practice (Focussed Intervention Training and Support) programme in care settings for people with dementia, complex needs and distressed behaviour.

The University of Worcester is now running the only module worldwide to train professionals to deliver the FITS (Focused Intervention Training and Support) programme. This is a proven way of effectively supporting staff in health and care settings to deliver psycho-social care in response to complex needs and behaviours, with the aim of reducing restrictive practices such as inappropriate anti-psychotic prescribing.  It has a strong evidence base demonstrating that effective person-centred care can reduce the prescribing of anti-psychotic medications for people living with dementia. For more information on the FITS project click here.

To understand the background to FITS into Practice and the module, please watch:  film of University of Worcester Research Seminar on 12 December 2018 “from abstract research to frontline practice”

This level 7 (master’s) module will equip participants to organise, prepare, deliver and critically review the teaching and supervision elements of the FITS into Practice programme in their health and care organisations. Course participants must have significant experience of delivering training, education and professional development and be in a position to deliver training and support to staff working in health and care organisations. 

The module will prepare participants to: 

  • Deliver the training and support components of the FITS into Practice programme within health and care organisations
  • Apply the structured recruitment process for participation, to ensure successful implementation
  • Understand common barriers and facilitators of implementation and how to work with these to maximise success. 

This double module, providing 30 credits at level 7 will take place over a two semesters to enable participants to deliver a FITS into Practice course as part of their learning. The module will be delivered online via our virtual learning environment, although the majority of learning will be work based with support from the tutors. This module is the qualifying module for the Postgraduate Award in Professional Development (subject to approval), or can be used towards the Certificate in Person-centred Dementia Care (subject to approval). It can also be taken as a stand-alone module.

What students say about the course:

“Excellent tutor – incredibly supportive and knowledgeable. Peer support + engaging with others of a similar mind set.” 

“Well organised course with great facilitators. Pleased to have attended a programme that fills the research practice gap.”

What students say about using the learning in their care organisations

“I have been delighted to see such a change in the first group that I have taught and supervised. When they came to the information day prior to starting the programme they were reserved, anxious and very quiet. Last week we completed block 4 and it was wonderful to see the difference - a whole room of animated, confident and motivated people who have already been able to put some of their learning into practice.”

“I have really enjoyed the course and it can only benefit the people we support. The FITS programme pushes the boundaries of person centred care and really embeds in the ethos of the home. Culture change is hard but with evidence provided from the FITS programme it shows that we maintain dignity and value the people we support by using pro-active techniques and see the person not the disability.”

How to apply:

Details of how to apply will be available shortly.

If you wish to apply please contact: Isabelle Latham, Senior Lecturer on Tel: 01905 542326 or e-mail:    

For more information please contact us at: or telephone us on 01905 542531. 


Working with people with dementia - Applying the Admiral Nursing Competency Framework

This is a Level 7 Module that has been commissioned by Dementia UK for currently practicing Admiral Nurses.

 If you are interested in creating a similar module please contact:            


  • contact or tel 01905 542531 for general information on dementia training opportunities.