Post-diagnostic support for people with a learning disability and dementia

Key facts

  • Start date 29 May 2019
  • Application deadline20 May 2019
  • Duration1 day
  • Days on campus1
  • Credit value SCQF SCQF 8
  • Fees £125
  • Study mode Campus based


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This evidence based course is designed to increase the knowledge and confidence of staff supporting people with a learning disability and dementia.

The fee includes Jenny's Diary booklet and postcards, USB information stick, activities, handouts and organisational templates for future planning.

Breakfast, lunch and refreshments are provided.


Our preferred option is online where you can book and pay at our shop. For an invoice please email us.

Full payment is required at the time of booking, or on receipt of invoice, and is non-refundable thereafter. You may transfer your booking to another name up to one week prior to the course.

Those attending will be supported to:

  • recognise the impact of dementia among groups experiencing marginalisation
  • recognise health inequalities among people ageing with a learning disability and plan how their organisation will support this population
  • debate current practice in supporting people with a learning disability and dementia and identify potential complicating factors, for example over-medication
  • take part in practical activities that identify appropriate and individualised non-drug support for people with a learning disability and dementia, and demonstrate how to safely implement such support in practice
  • recognise the importance of a rights-based approach to supporting people with a learning disability and dementia that ensures individuals participate meaningfully in decisions about their care, service (re)design and the support they are receiving.

This one-day course is delivered at the Skilled level of the Promoting Excellence Framework, Scotland. 

Content includes:

  • awareness of how dementia may affect people with a learning disability
  • safe implementation of non-drug supports for people with a learning disability and dementia
  • rights-based approach to providing support
  • planning ahead as an organisation to support an ageing population of people with a learning disability
  • practical examples and exercises

Dementia Strategies UK

The one-day course reflects commitments 1 and 15 of the Scottish national dementia strategy 2017-2020:

  • Commitment 1: We will revise the national post-diagnostic dementia service offer to enhance its focus on personalisation and personal outcomes in the delivery of post-diagnostic services
  • Commitment 15: We will support implementation of NHS Health Scotland's report recommendations on dementia and equalities

The course reflects objectives 2 and 13 of Living Well with Dementia, the English national strategy:

  • Objective 2: All people with dementia will have access to care that gives them treatment, care and support as needed after the diagnosis
  • Objective 13: An informed and effective workforce for people with dementia

29th May 2019

The course is delivered by Dr Karen Watchman

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