Health and Wellbeing of People with Dementia
The Health and Wellbeing of People with Dementia module is an option module in the BSc Professional Practice programme. The module provides health and allied professionals with underpinning knowledge and an evidence base from which to deliver twenty-first century dementia-related health care in a range of contexts. Students will demonstrate knowledge of person-centred dementia care with a particular focus on the impact of the physical environment - whether this is an acute setting, in the community or in an ambulance.
Core themes of lived experience of dementia and meaningful communication are incorporated throughout the module. With a focus on applying evidence to practice students will explore:
- The basics of dementia, delirium and depression
- Risk factors for dementia
- Approaches to dementia care in marginalised populations
- Post diagnostic support: pharmacological and non-pharmacological, including the impact of the physical environment on the wellbeing of people with dementia
- Advanced dementia care
For students in Scotland, this module is delivered at skilled practice level of the Promoting Excellence Framework (NES 2011). Skilled level covers the four key knowledge and skills areas of keeping well, living well, living well with increased support and dying well, recognising different stages of the journey experienced by people with dementia.
This module is available to all health, social care and allied healthcare professionals who are either working in practice or planning to return to practice.
The objective of this module are to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of empirical research in dementia care.
- Critically review the impact of the physical environment on the wellbeing of people with dementia.
- Examine the impact of dementia among different population groups.
- Demonstrate understanding of pharmacological and non-pharmacological supports for people living with dementia.
Delivery and assessment
The module is delivered entirely online. Some students are anticipated to be working in posts that require on-call or shift working which means that to enhance the student experience and maximise online participation, this module is delivered flexibly. Teaching methods include synchronous (real time) tutorials that are recorded for students unable to attend, pre-recorded material and asynchronous (not real time) discussion boards. Online office hours for ongoing support will be regularly available.
The module is assessed by a 2500 word essay.
Dr Karen Watchman
The learning from this module will enhance your evidence based knowledge and understanding to inform your practice and can be used as part of your academic and professional development.