MSc Leadership in Dementia Care

Key facts

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"The active and applied method of learning inspired me to innovate in my clinical practice and work with other team members to improve care for people experiencing dementia."

In their words

JASON CORNER, PG Cert LEADERSHIP IN DEMENTIA CARE

This unique part-time programme aims to transform the care experience and quality of life of people with dementia. The goal is to achieve better awareness, early diagnosis and high quality treatment at every stage and in every setting within dementia services.

You will experience the highest standard of academic and clinical education from passionate, dedicated staffœ. Teaching is research-led, so you will discover the very latest practices and techniques. You will also benefit from small teaching groups, a close-knit and supportive learning culture.

This programme will enable you to develop your clinical skills and expertise in dementia, helping to improve the quality of life for your patients and changing the way dementia services are provided. Dementia is one of the biggest health challenges we face today. Your studies will help you become a specialist practitioner, a leader or a key influencer in this area.

Overview

There are estimated to be around 750,000 people in the UK who are living with Dementia, and as the population of the UK is ageing, the number of people diagnosed with this condition is rising. Despite excellent levels of care from service providers around the country, there is much to be done if this level of person-centred care is to be upheld. The aim is for all Dementia care across the UK to be delivered with compassion, respect, sensitivity and understanding within a culture of enablement and support.

This unique part-time programme aims to transform the care experience and quality of life of people with dementia. The goal is to achieve better awareness, early diagnosis and high quality treatment at every stage and in every setting within dementia services.

WHY CHOOSE LEADERSHIP IN DEMENTIA CARE AT UEA?

  • Quality Education - You will experience the highest standard of academic and clinical education from passionate, dedicated staffœ.
  • First-class facilities - Such as our assistive technology NEAT suite and Clinical Skills labs.
  • Innovative Learning - Including enquiry-based learning techniques and clinical skills acquisition, tackling real problems from real patients.
  • World-Leading Research - Teaching is research-led (92% of our research is 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' REF2014), so you will discover the very latest practices and techniques.
  • Supportive Culture - You will also benefit from small teaching groups and a close-knit and supportive learning culture.

THE PROGRAMME

This part-time course is structured into three academic years, each worth 60 credits.

Year 1

  • Foundations of Person-Centred Dementia Care
  • Advanced Practice in Dementia Care
  • Leadership for Champions of Dementia Care

Year 2

  • Service Improvement and Development or Innovation and Practice
  • Healthcare Law and Ethics
  • Foundations of End of Life Care or Advanced Communication Skills

Year 3

  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Transforming the Service

Assessment will be via a number of case studies and enquiry-based learning scenarios, portfolio activities, presentations and online contributions.

WHAT WILL THIS COURSE ENABLE ME TO DO?

You will develop your clinical skills and expertise in dementia, helping to improve the quality of life for your patients and changing the way dementia services are provided. Dementia is one of the biggest health challenges we face today. Your studies will help you become a specialist practitioner, a leader or a key influencer in this area.

By the end of the programme, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate in-depth appreciation of the characteristics of dementia and apply this to dementia care.
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of current evidence and policy.
  • Provide expert care for the person with Dementia and be able to explain the rationale for care strategies.
  • Demonstrate critical and insightful self-awareness of own attitudes, feelings, behaviours, and coping strategies to effectively manage care relationships.
  • Role model effective and accountable leadership to ensure members of your team are effectively trained and well supported in delivering compassionate person-centred care.

 

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 40 credits:

Name Code Credits

HEALTH CARE LAW AND ETHICS

In order to maintain excellence in service provision it is essential that health professionals possess an deep understanding of law and ethics relating to health care. A well-structured, broad examination of this area of law and ethics will enable the professional to apply general legal and ethical principles to their own area of practice. This module has been designed to give health professionals a working knowledge of health care law and ethics as it relates to their practice. Since health care law and ethics is now part of pre-registration curricula in nursing, medicine and in allied health professions nationwide, it is important to update the knowledge of those professionals who were not given this opportunity in their original training programme.

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INNOVATION IN PRACTICE

The module provides you with the opportunity to study aspects of service improvement and practice innovation in depth. It is designed to help you to develop your knowledge of current approaches to quality and governance in healthcare and specifically, to enable you to acquire new skills in the application of available frameworks for service improvement and practice innovation within the current context of the Health and Social Care Quality Agenda.

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Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

WORK BASED LEARNING

Work-based learning enables you to focus on an aspect of your practice that you would like to develop or explore further. It enables you to claim credit for meaningful learning undertaken in the workplace. This work based learning module will facilitate the development of clinical practice through integrated learning. The student will seek, use evidence and knowledge of decision-making and clinical practice, for the development of advanced practice in their particular field. It is likely to be beneficial for students who work in new, evolving or advanced practitioner roles, for whom taught clinical modules may not be appropriate or available

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WORK BASED LEARNING

Work-based learning enables you to focus on an aspect of your practice that you would like to develop or explore further. It enables you to claim credit for meaningful learning undertaken in the workplace. This work based learning module will facilitate the development of clinical practice through integrated learning. The student will seek, use evidence and knowledge of decision-making and clinical practice, for the development of advanced practice in their particular field. It is likely to be beneficial for students who work in new, evolving or advanced practitioner roles, for whom taught clinical modules may not be appropriate or available

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Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits

INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS

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TRANSFORMING THE SERVICE

This module provides the opportunity for practitioners to complete a substantial project and to evaluate its impact or likely impact on care provision and the patient experience This module offers student further opportunity to develop: #Engagement of staff, service users and carers and other agencies and disciplines to inform service review and development #Resourcefulness and creativity in problem-solving and solution finding #Ways to motivate staff and promote resilience #Expertise in facilitating transformation and leading change #Evaluation of the impact of service transformation on patient safety and the quality of the patient experience #Ability to communicate the case for change and to disseminate good practice

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Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject A health care profession
  • Degree Classification 2.2 or equivalent
  • Special Entry Requirements Current registration as a health professional with an appropriate professional statutory regulatory body and a minimum of 2 years relevant work experience.

Entry Requirement

Applications should be made initially for a place on the PG Certificate Leadership in Dementia Care. Successful completion of the PG Certificate can then lead on to progression to either the PG Diploma or the MSc Leadership in Dementia Care.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English or those whose degree was not taught in English. To ensure such students benefit fully from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. We also will require a certain standard to be achieved on the written element of the test. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 7.0 in all component)
  • PTE: 68 (minimum 68 in all components)

All scores must be less than two years old.

Fees and Funding

Fees for the full course for the academic year 2017/18 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,300

Part-time students can pay per module studied. However, module fees may be subject to an annual increase.

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit. 

For those applying under the Health Education England contract, contract prices will apply.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

    Next Steps

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