Best Practice in Dementia Care

Internationally recognised organisational learning programme for staff working in care settings using a validated cascade model

The Best Practice in Dementia Care Learning Programme is a learning resource for all frontline health and social care staff which was first developed by the DSDC in 2007. The learning programme has enabled learners across the UK and internationally to develop their existing skills, gain new knowledge and improve their care of people with dementia. It is designed to empower learners, increasing both levels of confidence and their perception of their value within the care setting.

Learning is supported by facilitators in their own practice setting. The role of the facilitator is to mentor learners as they study whilst helping them to meet their personal learning objectives. This involves encouraging them to reflect on their previous experiences and practices, thereby supporting them to link new knowledge to real-world experiences. 

Facilitators guide a group of learners through the programme. Learning materials for the facilitator and learners are written in a self-study format designed to be meaningful for staff in a range of care settings: Acute Hospital, Emergency Care and Care Home (study period four months) and Domiciliary Care and Housing Support (study period six months). One workbook is completed each month.

As of October 2019, all new participants who complete the programme will receive digital credentials through City & Guilds. This new offering will accompany the certificate that learners receive on successful completion of the programme. Digital credentials will affix to the learners email and provide information about the training they have received. This new assurance service replaces the previous accreditation programme. The Best Practice programme can still be used as recognised prior learning for candidates looking to achieve vocational qualifications in the UK.

For more information about the Best Practice in Dementia Care Learning Programme, please click here.


Please find links below to the relevant Facilitator downloads:

Delirium Toolkit

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