Developing Positive Approaches for People Living with Dementia - Level 7

About this module

The number of individuals diagnosed with dementia related disorders is expected to significantly rise in the next few decades.  In line with the National Dementia Strategy (DoH 2009), this module develops a critical understanding of positive approaches in care for an increasing ageing population, their families and carers.  It will enable you to consider how such an approach to care can prepare them for future challenges in an ever changing, ever growing and increasingly complex sphere of professional practice. 

The module examines key concepts and principles of contemporary dementia care which you can draw on to develop your own care practice and inform future service development.  Through a process of critical enquiry you will be encouraged to review accepted values and belief systems and to promote person-centred practice. 

The module aims to develop an advanced practitioner capable of working independently within their practice setting with individuals living with dementia across the lifespan who have complex and/or challenging needs. 

You will develop an advanced understanding of the key theoretical frameworks for understanding dementia including the management of emotional distress, challenging behaviours, risk issues, under detection and diagnosis of dementia and the use of anti psychotic medications.  Values based practice and compassionate, person centred care is firmly embedded within the teaching and learning of the module. You will also explore cognitive and behavioural methods of intervention, the impact of stigma and social exclusion and the effect of dementia on families and carers.

Throughout you will:

  • Develop an advanced understanding of the concept of mental health and well-being in individuals in later life who suffer from dementia and its effect on the individual, family and carers
  • Address critical issues in the care of individuals in later life with mental health problems regarding detection, diagnosis and evidence based treatment for individuals living with dementia
  • Develop skills to work with a positive, person centered approach with behaviours that challenge
  • Develop advanced interpersonal and communication skills in which positive and compassionate relationships can be formed with individuals their families and carers.
  • Develop an advanced understanding of multidisciplinary perspectives and address critical issues in care and service delivery including barriers to positive care
  • Critically examine how carers may contribute to enhancing the quality of life of clients, and how professionals can support them by identifying their needs

You will participate in a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, small-group work, student-led seminars, problem-based learning scenarios and online learning. The module values the expertise of service users and carers and they will contribute significantly to the teaching and learning experience.

Learning Beyond Registration

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) is a vital part of developing competent, capable health service practitioners prepared to deliver a dynamic, flexible, quality, client-focused service. If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands then you may be eligible for fee-free access to our LBR modules and/or programmes. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply.

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Which professions is this module aimed at? All Health and Social Care Professionals

Course code:7MH500

Module level: Level 7

Module credits: 20 credits

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a range of advanced interpersonal and communication skills which will enable positive interactions with individuals with dementia, their families and carers.
  2. Implement and critically evaluate evidence based approaches to care that impact positively on individuals with dementia, their families and carers.
  3. Critically discuss organisational, structural or personal barriers that could impact on positive approaches and role performance  that enable care and identify strategies to overcome these
  4. Critically appraise the contribution from service users and carer engagement in current service delivery to achieve positive outcomes to care.

Fees and finance

Studying via LBR

If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands you may be eligible for fee-free access to out LBR modules. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply. Find out more at

Self-funded CPD

If you're self-funding, then the team you need to contact depends upon how you wish to study. Some modules are available online whereas others are studied on campus, through distance learning or a mixture of the two.

Where will I study?

You'll study via a combination of face to face sessions at Kedleston Road, Derby and work based learning.

Contact details

To find out more about studying this module through the LBR scheme, please contact the LBR team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591992

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For campus, blended or distance learning modules please contact the College of Health and Social care team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591703

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