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Advancing Practice in Dementia Care Level 7 Online Module



UEA, Norwich

Start Date

January 2020 TBC

Service Priority

Dementia and Complexity in later life


6 days







This module is available as a Health CPD credit only module or can be taken as part of the Advanced Professional Practice programme.  For further information on the Advanced Professional Practice programme please visit

Course Description

You will develop skills and knowledge for working with people living with dementia across a wide range of community and inpatient settings. You will focus on improving your knowledge about, and advancing practice in, dementia, person-centred care and care interactions. 

 This module advances your professional development by drawing on the four pillars of advanced practice: management and leadership, education, research and advanced clinical practice. It reinforces the core principle that advanced practice is a level of practice rather than a particular role. 

Is this course for me?

These modules are aimed at health and social care practitioners working in any setting who want to advance their knowledge and skills in the area of dementia care in order to improve practice and maximise wellbeing of people living with dementia. The modules are suitable for any qualified health or social care practitioner or people with a moderate level of experience of working with people living with dementia.


What will I learn?

The learning objectives of this module are:

  • Legal Aspects of Care - In-depth understanding of risk, safeguarding, accountability and duty of care and your own role in promoting patient safety. 
  • Distressed Behaviours - Enhanced ability in assessing and managing a range of expressions of distress and in explaining the evidence and rationale for care approaches including reference to different types of dementia. 
  • Culture of Care - Expertise in influencing the promotion of a positive culture and care environment. 
  • Improving services  
  •  Systematic approach to identifying change or development needs in practice and providing evidence to support change strategies.  
  •  Evaluation of how current systems can be adapted to enrich the lives of people living with dementia and their carers whilst in your care 
  • Perspectives on the Individual - Expertise in gaining and using information about the individual’s personal history; personal, religious, and spiritual preferences; and cultural and ethnic background to provide a comprehensive assessment and person-centred package of care. 
  • End of life - Expertise in working with people living with dementia as they approach the end of life, focusing on implementing holistic models of palliative, supportive and end of life care. 

How will I learn?

Online Module - 6 Block Release Dates

Independent Study

Written Assignment

Course Dates TBC

* Be advised that course dates and timings may change

Course Director

Dr Sarah Housden

To apply for this as a single module as part of your Continuing Professional Development please enter the application system via Professional Development.   

Progressing your studies  

Although this module does not sit within a defined programme within the School of Health Sciences, it may be possible for this module to be recognised as an optional credit-bearing module within the MSc Advanced Professional Practice (APP) or BSc Enhanced Professional Practice (EPP) programmes.  For further information, please contact  

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Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.



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