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Bradford experts develop online dementia course


Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has been working with the University of Bradford to undertake a review of sessions within the e-Dementia e-learning Programme.

The programme about dementia care has been designed to enhance the training and education of the health and care workforce. It focuses on the essential knowledge and skills needed to support and enable people living with dementia and their family carers to live as well as possible, wherever they live.

e-Dementia will also be of interest to those responsible for training and educating the health and care workforce. It can be used in a variety of ways including as part of induction; to structure reflective practice with individual staff and teams; for self-paced learning; and to revisit as a form of refresher training.

Murna Downs, Professor in Dementia Studies at the University of Bradford said: "We are proud to play our part in directly addressing the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia 2020 by supporting all those who care for people living with dementia and their family members, from diagnosis through to end of life".

"This programme is an easy, accessible way to ensure that health care professionals and family carers are best equipped to help someone living with dementia."

As part of the e-Dementia update, 14 new sessions have been added and 12 sessions have been retired from the programme.

New sessions added:

Module 1

  • Dementia awareness
  • Person-centred dementia care

Module 2

  • Dementia identification, assessment and diagnosis
  • Dementia risk reduction and prevention
  • Communication, interaction and behaviour in dementia care
  • Health and wellbeing in dementia care
  • Pharmacological interventions in dementia care
  • Living well with dementia and promoting independence
  • Families and carers as partners in dementia care
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care
  • Law, ethics and safeguarding in dementia care
  • End of life dementia care
  • Research and evidence-based practice in dementia care
  • Leadership in transforming dementia care

For more information about the e-Dementia programme and for details of how to access please visit: Dementia - e-Learning for Healthcare.

Drawing on the latest global research and best practice in this field, this high-quality dementia course has been developed by researchers from the University of Bradford, which was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize 2015 for its work on dementia. The authors are all experts in adult learning theory.

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