PG Diploma Leadership in Dementia Care


Attendance
Part Time
Award
Postgraduate Diploma



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 so we welcome a range of health and care professionals.

You will experience the highest standard of academic and clinical education from passionate, dedicated staff. 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 is part of a range of courses which 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.

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. It is aimed at health or care professionals looking to develop or continue a career in dementia care and who are passionate about ensuring dementia care is delivered with compassion, respect, sensitivity and understanding within a culture of enablement and support.
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 staff.
  • 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 two year part-time course is structured into the following modules:

Year 1

•    Foundations of Person-Centred Dementia Care (20 credits)
•    Advanced Practice in Dementia Care (20 credits)
•    Managing Services (20 credits)

Year 2

•    Health Care Law and Ethics (20 credits) 
•    Innovation in Practice (20 credits)
•    Foundations of End of Life Care (20 credits) (optional)
•    Promoting Behavioural Change and Lifestyle Improvement (20 credits) (optional)
•    Work Based Learning (20 credits) (optional)

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:

  • Recognise the key characteristics of dementia including the early signs and appreciate the association with other medical conditions and/or changes to the person’s general circumstances.
  • Provide effective support for family members and other carers.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of person-centred care and communicate sensitively to support meaningful interaction.
  • Challenge inappropriate or poor 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

FOUNDATIONS OF END OF LIFE CARE

This module has been developed with the Norfolk and Suffolk Palliative care academy to enhance the experience of patients and their families during palliative and end of life care. The module has been constructed to provide those delivering services, with the opportunity to explore this important and sometimes challenging area of practice, in a supportive environment that enables reflection on practice and development of knowledge and skills in end of life care. The modules creates strong links between the students area of practice and topics covered in the module.

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PROMOTING BEHAVIOURAL CHANGE AND LIFESTYLE IMPROVEMENT

This purpose of this module is to enhance understanding of a range of psychosocial approaches to understanding health and well-being. There will be an emphasis on developing practical skills to promote behaviour change and lifestyle improvement in addition to developing a critical awareness of the associated theory and evidence. Psychosocial approaches, theories and research in relation to a range of topics are explored in the taught sessions to illustrate the importance of psychosocial factors in health and to stimulate discussion around links to the students' practice as health care professionals. Participants will become familiar with research and practical tools to allow them to enable and empower patients in taking practical steps to enhance their health and well-being through behaviour change and lifestyle improvement. The module will be delivered over six study days, offered as full days of study once per fortnight. Key themes will include: 1. Introduction to psychology. 2. Sociological perspectives. 3. Exploring psychological models. 4. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and psychological approaches to interventions. 5. Motivational Interviewing. 6. Effective assessment and formulation. 7. Stress management, coping, and resilience. 8. Application of interventions to case load/patient care. 9. Positive psychology approaches such as mindfulness and self-determined motivation.

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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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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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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 2016/17 are:  

  • UK/EU Students: £5,000

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.

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