Improve dementia care through better understanding
About the event
Dementia is one of several long term conditions that may affect people as they age and become frail. There are particular challenges when caring for those with dementia, including the need to respect and enable the individual to be all they can be for as long as they live.
Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of St Christopher’s said “you matter because you are you” and so this course will take a patient centred approach, covering the fundamentals of dementia care, and will place an emphasis on caring for these individuals through to end of life.
How do I apply?
To apply for this course, please complete the application form on this page. Once received we will confirm your place in writing. Applications can be submitted by:
Post: Education Centre, St Christopher’s Hospice, 51-59 Lawrie Park Road, London, SE26 6DZ
Fax: 020 8776 5838
Wolfson Bursaries are being promoted by Hospice UK via their open grants programme. The criteria and details of how to apply can be found at www.hospiceuk.org/what-we-offer/grants/open-grant-programmes
What will I learn?
This course will give you the understanding you need to develop the way you communicate with dementia patients as individuals and the knowledge you need to care for them and their families in the final stages of illness.
You will also learn about the types of dementia and the medication used to treat it.
You will gain the knowledge and understanding to achieve The City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Awareness of Dementia.
This qualification has four units totalling 11 credits. The units are:
- Understand the experience of having a long-term condition
- Understand the process and experience of dementia as a long-term condition
- Understand the administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person-centred approach
- Understand the role of communication and interactions with individuals who have dementia
- Understand the diversity of individuals with dementia and the importance of inclusion.
You will also learn how to care for those with long-term conditions and frailty. This understanding will be taught as an integrated part of the whole course and is a study module written by St Christopher’s that is only available through our City & Guilds Centre. We will blend the content to reinforce contextualised learning.
Who is it for?
This course is for healthcare support workers, working with the frail and elderly with dementia in any setting, including patients own homes. Applicants must be capable of completing a written workbook between the study days to achieve their qualification. The application form will help us determine suitability but it is important you are able to commit to all three days and to complete the written activities. It is important that you tell us on the application form if you have particular requirements that would make the completion of a written workbook difficult (e.g. dyslexia).
Who are the trainers?
Kathy Morris, Helen Scott and Steph Storer will lead this course. All are experienced palliative care nurses and qualified lecturers and assessors of vocational qualifications. They have many years’ experience of delivering education programmes and qualifications from Levels 2 to 7. They are key members of the St Christopher’s education team and City & Guilds Approved Centre.