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A. Subject Knowledge and Understanding
- An appreciation of the prime importance of the ‘lived experience’ in all research and service design.
- The social and economic context of dementia.
- An understanding of the relevance of ‘personhood’, ‘self’ and ‘identity’ in dementia.
- An understanding of different approaches to care, including person, family and relationships.
- The contribution of the cognitive neurosciences to understanding the symptomatology of dementia.
- The limitations of the medical model of dementia.
- The social model of disability and rights-based approaches.
- The nature of knowledge and research approaches.
- Application of inclusion and collaboration.
- The significance of language, stigma and citizenship.
- An acknowledgement of innovation and leadership.
- A recognition of the major legal and regulatory systems underpinning safe and high quality care.
- The organisation of healthcare systems to promote health and wellbeing whatever the care setting.
- Features of an environment which might promote wellbeing in dementia.
- The strategic drivers behind national and international research into dementia.
B. Analytical skills
- Critically review and evaluate evidence in terms of its source, reliability, validity and significance.
- Critically evaluate research methods appropriate to their purpose.
- Synthesise information and arguments in an original way.
- Ability to present information in an audience-appropriate way, e.g. scientific papers, posters, podcasts, talks, blogs.
C. Subject-specific skills
- Critically evaluate policies related to dementia, nationally and internationally.
- Apply in-depth knowledge and critically reflect on the impact of culture and diversity on people with dementia.
- Critically evaluate the influence of different approaches on perceptions of dementia (e.g. ethnographic, quantitative, case study, drug trials, art).
D. Generic and transferable skills
- Have developed and be able to apply critical evaluation skills in context.
- Demonstrate an understanding of ethical considerations in working with people with dementia including consent.
- Demonstrate an understanding of legal considerations, including human rights, equality legislation, and capacity.
- Identify and apply strategies to enhance partnership and collaboration.
- Effectively utilise Information Technology, and specifically online communication.
Subject areas for the PG Certificate, PG Diploma and Masters
Year 1 (Postgraduate certificate in dementia)
Art and science of dementia (30)
Living beyond a diagnosis of dementia (30)
Year 2 (Postgraduate diploma in dementia)
Three out of the following:-
Law and regulation (20)
Innovation and improvement (20)
Care and support (20)
End of life (20)
Enhancing health and wellbeing (20)
Public health (20)
Communities and inclusion (20)
Year 3 (MSc in Dementia)
Research methods (20)
Practice-focused dissertation (40)