Dementia care – improving practice


Dementia care – improving practice

The module is suitable for practitioners from all settings who are involved with the care of people with dementia.

Dementia is a prevalent and complex condition, often having a profound impact on the individual and their supporters. The increase in prevalence and an increasing ageing population means people with dementia are high users of health and social care services.

This module will allow all practitioners to acquire knowledge and competency in this field in order to provide effective care for this client group.

This course is also available as an undergraduate (level 6) award.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Articulate a deep and systematic understanding of the epidemiology and aetiology of dementia, it’s impact on individuals and utilise this knowledge to inform clinical decision-making.
  2. Demonstrate mastery of the skills required for undertaking a holistic assessment in order to generate therapeutic approaches to care.
  3. Critically analyse person centred care in practice and select appropriate therapeutic interventions.
  4. Demonstrate critical knowledge of the legal and ethical implications in dementia care practice and develop solutions for practice.
  5. Undertake an analytical evaluation of dementia care, proposing innovative solutions for improving dementia care practice.

Who is the module for? Registered healthcare professional normally with one year’s post-qualifying practice experience.

Module code: HP7009X

Entry criteria:

Applicants will be required to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Hold a recognised health-related professional qualification and current professional registration.
  • Hold an Honours degree 2(ii) or above from a UK or Republic of Ireland university. An Honours degree equivalent to a 2(ii) or above from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland will be accepted. Advice on equivalence of overseas awards will be obtained from the National Recognition and Information Centre for the UK (NARIC).
  • Normally have a minimum of one year’s post-qualifying practice experience. Module specific practice related requirements and additional entry criteria will apply to some modules and these will be indicated in the module outlines.

Non-standard applicants

Applications will be considered from non-standard applicants who can demonstrate the following certificated learning:

  • a DipHE from a UK or Republic of Ireland university or equivalent qualification from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland

and one of the following completed within the last five years:

  • successful completion of a standalone module at level M OR
  • a minimum of 30 credits from standalone modules at level 6, at or above grade B (60%).


Proficiency in English language

Evidence of English language testing will be required from all applicants for whom English is not their first language and who have not previously undertaken studies in English. The required level of proficiency will be a minimum overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score (or equivalent) of 6.5, with no section achieving less than 6.0. Evidence of proficiency must be dated within the last two years. Applicants who have taken the examination more than twice in one year will not be considered.

International applicants

All international applicants must satisfy the requirements of the UK Border Agency in relation to St George’s responsibilities as a Highly Trusted Sponsor for students (Tier 4).

Advanced practice route

Applicants for this route will be required to meet all the following additional requirements:

  • a minimum of two years full-time experience (or the equivalent in part-time hours) in health or social care employment
  • be employed in a senior role
  • demonstrate they are working in a practice setting which enables the achievement of the specialist compulsory module outcomes relating to the Advanced Practice competencies (Great Britain, Department of Health, 2010).


Number of credits and level of study: 15 credits at level 7. This module is also offered as an undergraduate (level 6) award.

Assessment: Report

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 5 days

Module dates:*

  • 14, 21, 28 February, 7, 14 March, Exam 20 April 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £800

Module leaderDenise Forte

Programme: This module is part of Healthcare Practice PgCert/PgDip/MSc