Best Practice in Dementia Care Learning Programme

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In line with National Dementia Strategies, the DSDC has developed its successful Best Practice in Dementia Care Learning Programme to help organisations in all sectors achieve national and regional care standards. The programme is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing with 16 CPD hours, City & Guilds assured and recognised by Skills for Care

Programme Structure

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. 

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Becoming a Facilitator

Senior members of staff, who are nominated by their organisation to become facilitators, attend a two day face to face learning workshop delivered by the DSDC teaching staff. They will then facilitate the Best Practice in Dementia Care Learning Programme using skills gained during the initial two days. They will receive support on request from DSDC teaching staff. 

The next scheduled dates for The Best Practice in Dementia Care Learning Programme can be here.

Some organisations may wish to nominate a number of facilitators at one time. If this would be of interest to you we can deliver at a venue of your choice. Please contact us for more information.

Best Practice Re-certification

This one day refresher course is only available to people who have already been through the two day Best Practice in Dementia Care facilitator training in the last 11 years. It will provide an update on recent content and structural changes to the course. Course tutors will cover changes to the way the Best Practice is facilitated, submitted, marked and certificated.

Attendees will receive one updated pack and a current facilitator’s guide, as well as a copy of the brand new DSDC delirium toolkit.

Suitable for anyone who has completed the two day facilitator course.

View forthcoming training dates.