Dementia awareness e-learning course

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This e-learning course aims to raise the awareness and skills of care staff who work with people with dementia. It aligns with Tier 1 of the National Dementia Training Standards Framework, which is a requirement for all staff working in social care. It will also allow you to collect evidence towards the relevant section of the Care Certificate.

The course seeks to improve the wellbeing and experience of people with dementia and of the care staff working with them. It should improve your confidence in managing situations you find challenging.

Course content

Learning outcomes

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  • Explain what is meant by the term ‘dementia’
  • Discuss the signs and symptoms of dementia
  • Differentiate dementia from other similar conditions
  • Explain why early diagnosis is important
  • Discuss what people can do to reduce their risk of developing dementia
  • Explain what is involved in ‘living well’
  • Discuss the importance of recognising what’s important to people
  • Discuss how dementia affects the person, their family and our wider society
  • Understand how to communicate effectively and compassionately with individuals who have dementia
  • Understand why a person with dementia might show signs of distress
  • Begin to respond effectively to people with dementia who have different communication needs

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Frequently asked questions

  • Who is this course for? Open

    All non-regulated frontline staff working in health and social care including:

    • activities workers
    • assistant practitioners
    • care assistants
    • carers
    • day care assistants
    • domiciliary care workers
    • healthcare support workers
    • homecare workers
    • maternity support workers
    • nursing assistants
    • personal assistants
    • reablement assistants
    • residential care workers
    • senior homecare workers
    • support workers
    • volunteers
    • and other health or care assistant-related roles
  • How can the course promote Care Act (2014) and Care Quality Commission (CQC) compliance? Open

    The CQC require organisations to deliver care in a way that is safe, effective, caring and responsive. Organisations must also meet Care Act (2014) requirements and be well-led.

    Caring for people in a way that is ‘person-centred’ (that meets the needs and wishes of people and their families) is at the heart of CQC and other legal requirements – because of this it is also the central focus of this course. Finding out what people need and want, being kind and treating people with dignity and respect, are all important aspects of the person-centred approach.

  • How can the course help my organisation follow other government guidelines? Open

    The Department of Health’s best practice guidance Quality Outcomes for People with Dementia: Building on the Work of the National Dementia Strategy (2010) lists four areas of priority in dementia care:

    • Good quality early diagnosis
    • Improved quality of care in general hospitals
    • Living well with dementia in care homes
    • Reduced use of antipsychotic medication

    This course helps organisations improve in these priority areas by promoting understanding and better care of people with dementia. Better care can be delivered by improving the ability of staff to understand people who are living with dementia, and by improving their ability to respond to behaviour that challenges. Better responses from staff have been shown to reduce distress and reduce the need for antipsychotic medication.

  • Can I use it to promote my own professional development? Open

    This awareness course has been developed to align with Tier 1 of the National Dementia Training Standards Framework, which is a requirement for all staff working in social care. It will also allow you to collect evidence towards the relevant section of the Care Certificate.

  • SCORM compliant (on your LMS) version Open

    If you are interested in hosting this e-learning course on your Learning Management System (LMS) or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) we are able to help.

    We can provide:

    • Course content: A SCORM 1.2 or 2004 compliant version of the course.
    • Course updates: We will supply you with course updates for an agreed period of time.
    • Custom changes: We can help by making custom changes to the course to meet your specific learning and development needs.

    Contact us to find out more about bringing our course to your learners on your platform.

  • How long does it take to study the course?Open

    This is always a difficult question to answer as no two people are the same. There are a number of factors to consider such as level of knowledge, reading speed and in which order the course is completed.

    For that reason, our estimates are really quite broad. Analytics shows that learners take an average of 30 minutes to study the course.

  • Version history Open

    v1.0 (May 2019): Original release of Dementia awareness course.

    Previously: SCIE published a Dementia e-learning course, released in 2009. This new, 2019 released, Dementia awareness course replaces our 2009 Dementia course.

  • Another Dementia course Open

    Previously SCIE published a Dementia e-learning course, released in 2009. This new, 2019 released, Dementia awareness course replaces our 2009 Dementia course.

    The 2009 version of our course will remain available until end of June 2019 encase you have previously started your study and wish to complete that version of the course.

    Going forward, we are working on a course aligned to Tier 2 of the National Dementia Training Standards Framework, probable release date 2020.

  • Terms and conditionsOpen

    • An internet connection is required, with the ability to stream video content from Vimeo and YouTube.
    • All material in these resources, including text, graphics, photographs, video and audio is copyright of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), unless otherwise stated.
    • Use of this course is freely permitted, but commercial use is not authorised unless permission is first obtained in writing.
  • Recommended devices / web browsersOpen

    SCIE recommends using the latest versions of device operating software and browsers to access our e-learning courses.

    The minimum technical requirements are (depending on your setup):

    • Chrome: Latest version
    • Firefox: Latest version
    • Microsoft Edge: Latest version
    • Safari: Latest version
    • iOS: 10
    • Android: Marshmallow (6.0)

    This course has been tested on a selection of Apple and Android mobile and tablet devices, running the latest web browsers.

    SCIE cannot take responsibility if the course does not work on your particular device or software.

    Please note: Usage of Microsoft Internet Explorer, including IE 11, is not recommended.