This module can be taken as a stand lone module or the credits can be put towards the MA in Advanced Social Work. It is possible to exit from the MA in Advance Social Work with a Post Graduate Certificate (60 credits) or Post Graduate Diploma (120 credits) should it not be possible to complete the full MA. Applications are open to social workers with at least one year’s post-qualified experience.
The module is aimed at experienced social workers who are engaged in supporting adults who have dementia and their carers. It supports learners to develop advanced knowledge and leadership skills in dementia care. The module draws from The Dementia Core Skills & Knowledge Framework (DH, 2015), the updated Dementia Training Standards Framework (Skills for Health, 2018), service users and carers perspectives on best practice in dementia care.
It explores theoretical perspectives, policy, law and current research in dementia care including effective engagement skills needed to lead change in practice and enhance the quality of care, support and well-being of those living with dementia.
The module builds on the Chief Social Worker for Adults’ (DH 2015) Knowledge and Skills Statement for Social Workers in Adult Services. It enables learners to develop advanced knowledge and skills needed to effectively contribute to delivering social care, health and wellbeing outcomes for adults who have dementia and their carers.
The module will be delivered over two teaching days, with an additional half-day workshop for assignment preparation. All teaching sessions involve a combination of lecture-style delivery group discussions, pair work, group work and service user and carer involvement.
The module forms part of the Masters in Advanced Social Work. It can also be taken as a freestanding module within the Masters in Advanced Social Work.
• A knowledge of what dementia is, and how it affects individuals
• An understanding of recent policy developments and law in dementia care
• An understanding of different theories and models of practice in dementia care
• Research awareness and an ability to use research for evidence-based practice
Demonstration of pre-existing Professional Capabilities by completion of the ASYE (either in adults or children and families).