Best Practice in Dementia Care Learning Programme

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Evaluation of a dementia care learning programme

Upcoming Dates

August 24-25 2016, Stirling
September 6-7 2016, London
October 4-5 2016, Bristol

Contact us

For more information or to book a place contact Lynsey Manson:

lynsey.manson@stir.ac.uk
01786 467732

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Hospital and Day HospitalsCare Home and Day CareDomiciliary, re-ablement, home care and the communityEmergency/A&E departments, critical care and minor injury unitsHousing staff

In line with National Dementia Strategies, DSDC has developed this successful Best Practice in Dementia Care programme to help you achieve national and regional care standards. The programme not only meets these standards but is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and City & Guilds, the Housing programme has been validated as supporting the housing profession by the Chartered Institute of Housing.

An independent evaluation of the programme determined practitioners can provide evidence-based and best practice care which supports families and people with dementia.

Shirley Law, DSDC’s Head of Learning & Development, developed the training programme using her 25 years’ experience of working with people with dementia and their families. Shirley leads the DSDC team who provide the programme to all staff across care settings.

Programme Structure

DSDC trains a senior staff member as a facilitator on a two day course. Following this training, the facilitator returns to their place of work to take up to a further eight members of staff through training over six months. This programme enhances learning as it provides regular opportunities for participants to reflect on their practice. Participants meet regularly with their facilitator in small groups to discuss the topics covered in the workbooks:

  • the person and dementia
  • person-centred care and building meaningful relationships
  • communication and behaviour
  • support for the person with dementia and their family/carers
  • health and well-being
  • legal aspects and issues in relation to dementia

Facilitator training

DSDC provides you with two options to train facilitators.

In-house training
A DSDC trainer will come to you and train up a group of facilitators. This is very popular with organisations who want to train a number of facilitators as it can be cost-effective.

Scheduled training
DSDC schedule open training events across the UK and Ireland. Next scheduled dates are:


Date
 
Venue
24th-25th August 2016 University of Stirling Register your interest
6th-7th September 2016 London Register your interest
4th-5th October 2016 Bristol Register your interest

Funding opportunities

Lynsey Manson will be able to work with you to provide an individual quote. Through partnerships you or your organisation may qualify for part or full funding to cover the training fees, currently we have the following potential funding available. For more information or to book a place contact Lynsey on lynsey.manson@stir.ac.uk or on 01786 467732

Best Practice Dementia Care Pathways

Best Practice Dementia Care: Hospitals and day hospitals

‘looking forward to empowering all staff members’
— A facilitator after training
Best Practice Hospitals

A facilitator about the facilitator training- ‘it is great to discuss ways to address potentially difficult situations.  The group exercises helped me feel less nervous and clarified how best to run the sessions.’

As healthcare staff you will be aware that patients’ needs are changing, and that you will increasingly be caring for people with dementia. This course has been designed to provide an opportunity to learn about dementia. It was developed with a small group of healthcare staff who acted as ‘testers’ of the ideas. Their comments and experiences influenced the course content, so we are confident that the topics discussed are of key relevance to you in your role.

This course will help you think about how to provide the best care for people with dementia in a healthcare environment. You may already feel you are doing a good job, but do you use a person-centred approach?

Royal College of Nursing Accredited
The programme is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and City & Guilds

Care Homes and Day Care

‘course leaders were excellent both in presentation content and style of delivery’.
— About the DSDC training team
Best Practice Care Home

A facilitator - ‘excellent training programme, very interesting.  Well-presented.  Motivating and encouraging.  Looking forward to making a real difference for the people we care for ’.

As care home staff you will be aware that residents’ needs are changing, and that you will increasingly be caring for people with dementia. This course has been designed to provide an opportunity to learn about dementia. It was developed with a small group of care home staff who acted as ‘testers’ of the ideas. Their comments and experiences influenced the course content, so we are confident that the topics discussed are of key relevance to you in your role.

This course will help you think about how to provide the best care for residents with dementia in a care home environment. You may already feel you are doing a good job, but do you use a person-centred approach?

Royal College of Nursing Accredited
The programme is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and City & Guilds

Domiciliary, re-ablement, homecare and the community

‘helped identify potential barriers and how to overcome them.’
— A newly trained facilitator
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A facilitator about the train the facilitator workshop - ‘gave a clear indication of how the course/packs work….course was very useful and interesting.  I look forward to putting the principles into practice and improving the service.’

Domiciliary care is defined as ‘care and support provided to an individual within their own home’. This is the term local authority commissioners use when advertising or tendering for this type of service. For individuals, families and staff, the term ‘home care’ is probably more familiar and less intimidating, although in practice both mean the same thing.

As domiciliary care staff, you will be aware that the needs of the people you care for are changing. This means you will increasingly be caring for people with dementia in their own homes. As the number of people living with dementia at home grows, you will play a significant role in supporting them and their families to maintain their independence. Often you will work on your own, which can bring its own challenges in terms of safety and standards of care.

This course was developed following a one-day event attended by over 100 domiciliary care staff from Scotland and England. Their views, comments and ideas were used to inform how the course was designed. Following the event, it was piloted with staff groups from Scotland and England.



The programme is accredited by the City & Guilds

Emergency/A&E departments, critical care & minor injury units

'this course will assist all staff on DME wards for future care within dementia.'
— A facilitator about the facilitator workshop
Best Practice Emergency

A manager - ‘I have witnessed a positive change to my staff attitudes to their role and an increase in confidence, this is having a positive impact on the environment in which we work and to the quality of the care and support we deliver. Our main step forward has been the involvement of staff in developing and maintaining a person centred approach. This course has been invaluable.’

As staff working in an emergency department or minor injuries unit you will be aware that patients’ needs are changing, and that you will increasingly be caring for people with a cognitive impairment such as dementia. This course has been designed to provide an opportunity to learn about dementia and how you can better care for patients and their significant others, such as family carers. It was developed with two groups of staff who are based in emergency departments.

They piloted the programme and worked with the DSDC team to make sure the content accurately reflects the working environment in an emergency department. Their comments and experiences influenced the course content, so we are confident that the topics discussed are of key relevance to you in your role.

This course will help you think about how to provide the best care for people with dementia in an emergency department. You may already feel you are doing a good job, but do you use a person-centred approach?  

Royal College of Nursing Accredited
The programme is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and City & Guilds

Housing Staff

‘very helpful and educational.  It is an impressive programme, well done!’
— A facilitator
Best Practice Housing Pack

A facilitator after participating in the facilitator training - ‘excellent training programme, very interesting.  Well –presented.  Motivating and encouraging.  Looking forward to making a real difference for the people we care for’

As housing support and care staff, you will be aware that the needs of the people you care for are changing. This means you will increasingly be supporting people with dementia in their own homes. As the number of people living with dementia at home grows, you will play a significant role in supporting them and their families to maintain their independence. Often you will work on your own, which can bring its own challenges in terms of safety and standards of support and care..

This course has been designed to enable you to learn more about dementia. It reflects the guidance in Common core principles for supporting people with dementia (Department of Health, 2011) and Standards of care for dementia in Scotland (Scottish Government, 2011). The course was developed following a one-day event attended by over 100 domiciliary care staff from Scotland and England. Their views, comments and ideas were used to inform how the course was designed. Following the event, it was piloted with staff groups from Scotland and England. The course has subsequently been attended by other groups of staff and new versions have been created, including this one for housing staff.

The programme is accredited by the City & Guilds and validated as supporting the housing profession by the Chartered Institute of Housing.