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Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 1 year

UK fee

£2,625 (2020/21)

International fee

£2,625 (2020/21)

Course level



PG Cert

Start dates

January, September, May



Online course description

Dementia is a global issue that affects millions of people across the world and with an ageing population, dementia is fast becoming one of the biggest health challenges of the 21st century. 

This Postgraduate Certificate in Partnerships in Dementia Care is aimed at a wide range of health and social care professionals working in and around dementia. Whether you are enhancing your career or have a general interest in this area of study, this course is ideal for developing the knowledge you need to make a real difference to people’s lives. 

Practitioners are being called upon to lead change within their organisation on both clinical and strategic fronts, increasing the demand for qualified specialists in dementia care. Consultations with key partners, stakeholders and students highlights the demand for flexible, inter-professional, postgraduate programmes to help health and social care professionals meet the specific care needs of those living with dementia.

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Expand and advance your understanding of dementia care

This course will help you to expand and advance your understanding of dementia care while teaching you how to apply these skills to your own health and social care setting. This course will also enable you to assess and support the impact your actions will have on the future of integrative practice, developing an advanced professional approach to integrative care for people living with dementia.

You will study three modules over the duration of one year, studying one module per trimester. In studying this Postgraduate Certificate, you will gain an advanced understanding of the multidisciplinary perspectives in dementia care, developing a framework to form effective high-quality care that is in line with local, national and international policies. 

You will gain a qualification in dementia care that allows you to offer employers a specific and unique skillset for use within a practice setting as well as the ability to embed your skills and knowledge to help meet the needs of those living with dementia. 

Our academic programme team bring with them a wealth of knowledge with many years’ experience in the health and social care sector. We recognise that health and social care professionals are required to have a wide range of specific and transferable skills and this programme offers you the diversity to develop these skills while supporting you through your career development. This course reflects the changing requirements within the health and social care sector that expects skilled and flexible professionals to adapt and lead developments in their own specific area of practice.

Find out more about the online Partnerships in Dementia Care Postgraduate Certificate course

Listen to our recording of the Academic Lead for Social Work and Social Care talking more about the Partnerships in Dementia Care Postgraduate Certificate course.

Our Academic Lead, Dr Pauline Green, talks about the online Partnerships in Dementia Care Postgraduate Certificate

View our online Partnerships in Dementia Care Postgraduate Certificate course introduction video transcript

What you will study

This Postgraduate Certificate is available to study part-time and is delivered fully online. You will study three modules whilst addressing the core aspects of Dementia Care:

The Postgraduate Certificate in Partnerships in Dementia Care is the result of very thorough and informative discussions with key stakeholders both regionally and nationally. It aims to deliver the flexibility, skills and knowledge professionals seek to progress throughout their career and to make a difference in the workplace. This course ensures professional standards are met and also counts towards your CPD for the year, enabling progressive structured improvement in your role. 

This course is particularly beneficial for primary care, mental health nurses and community nurses, general practitioners, public health care workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, care home managers, social workers and those working in the emergency services (including the police and fire services). The knowledge and skills gained from studying this programme will enhance your ability to develop your career and enrich your professional practice.

We will advise you of your study plan when you are invited to enrol.

You will need to complete three core 20 credit modules at level 7 for a total of 60 credits.

Postgraduate certificatePostgraduate certificate

Code: 7NU533

Advanced Integrative Practice

The MSc in Integrative Health and Social Care is suitable for a wide range of professionals involved in the provision and delivery of a changing and expanding health and social care agenda. Increasingly, practitioners are being called upon to lead change towards Integrative person centred care within their organisation on both clinical and strategic fronts. You will be directed to apply the key constructs of Advanced Practice to Integrative Health and Social Care contexts. For this programme Advanced Practice means: “Autonomous working using high level decision-making and effective problem-solving skills, influenced by specialist knowledge in order to improve practice”. Within this core module it is our intention to encapsulate the essence of Masters level education by incorporating the information literacy skills required at Masters level and applying them to health and social care academic practice.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise the impact of integrative professional practice relating to a chosen arena of practice or to a field of enquiry
  2. Critically evaluate the form and approach of a range of academic writing styles and your appropriateness for different audiences
  3. Self-assess the information literacy skills gained and your relevance to masters level study

Module content

  • Introduction to integrative advanced practice
  • Information literacy skills for masters level study
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • Autonomous practice
  • Critical thinking
  • Values based care
  • Reading statistics
  • Ethics
  • Improving practice
  • Features of critical reflection
  • Evidence based practice
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20 Credits

Code: 7NU545

Partnerships in Dementia Care

The module introduces the professional, ethical and legal dilemmas within the context of quality of life, age and culture surrounding Dementia. Through collaborative exploration of leadership structures, models of practice, management, efficiency, effectiveness and consistent quality and performance students will propose interventions to enhance Dementia Care within clinical practice. The theme ‘person centred care’ will underpin the module and you will explore cognitive and behavioural methods of intervention for the client.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Create a framework for effective, collaborative high quality interventions based on person-centred care
  2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of multidisciplinary perspectives of dementia and approaches to care

Module content

  • The professional, ethical and legal dilemmas associated with the care of individuals living with dementias in relation to context, quality of life, age and culture
  • Leadership structures
  • Models of practice management
  • Person centred care including cognitive and behavioural methods of intervention
  • Underpinning practice and use of evidence in dementia care
  • Communication and compassion
  • The impact and involvement of care givers and their families
  • How a town “social network organisation” could become a supporter of dementia care
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20 Credits

Code: 7NU549

Social Consequences of Dementia Care

Recognition of the trajectory of the disease and the challenges associated with assisting people to maintain as much independence as possible, through the stages of dementia, is a key focus of a modern health and social care system. The module aims to develop skills required of you as an advanced practitioner capable of autonomous working within your practice setting. You will build on your understanding of Dementia as an ‘impairment’, differentiate between approaches and models of care, understand the barrier to the maintenance of personhood and apply evidence to practice appropriate to your health or social care context.

This module is suitable for a range of staff from health and social care settings such as adult nurses, mental health nurses, social workers and occupational therapists, but also including those who work in nursing homes and community settings, those who provide integrated services, Prison services and care for people with a diagnosis of dementia.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the context of health and social care initiatives in dementia care (locally, nationally and internationally)
  2. Critically analyse barriers to maintaining personhood
  3. Critically reflect on your own effectiveness in developing a service improvement project/initiative

Module content

  • Models of Reflection
  • Communication and Compassion
  • Introduction to Dementia, diagnosis trajectory and treatment.
  • Different approaches (Bio-Medical explanations of Dementia as an ‘impairment’, social model of disability
  • Understanding Dementia from a socio-cultural perspective/ psychological perspective
  • Factors influencing a loss of personhood
  • The impact of stigma and attitudes towards individuals, their families and care givers
  • Different models of care (person-centered care/ recovery model)
  • The role of the professional in developing and applying best practice standards and the application of evidence and research
  • Consider the measures of control and release of control over the quality of life
  • Maintaining Independence
  • Self-determination
  • Right to life
  • Government legislation eg, Mental Capacity Act (2005) European Union charter of fundamental rights (2013)
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20 Credits

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Who will teach you

Pauline Green

Dr Pauline Green
Programme leader

Dr Pauline Green is a registered Social Worker and a member of the British Association of Social Workers. She has worked at the University of Derby since 1999 and is presently Academic Lead of Social Work/Social Care at the University of Derby Online Learning Department. She has published in the British Journal of Social Work and delivers resilience training for Derby Social Services.

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Entry requirements

You will normally need the following:

If you have an International qualification, it will need to be mapped to the UK equivalent registration to ensure that you are entering the programme with at least 120 academic credits at level 6.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £875 3 £2,625

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three payment plan options:

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.


While studying this Postgraduate Certificate, you will already be working within a health and social care setting on a paid or voluntary basis. This course will allow you to develop and enhance your career, as well as help you to improve the care of your patients, clients or service users.

You can take this course to stand out from other health professionals and Level 6 professionals, building on your skills and knowledge that can be implemented into your practice. This course will also count towards your CPD for the year, enabling progressive structured improvement in your role.

This Level 7 course will enable you to go onto our MSc Integrative Health and Social Care as well as other Master courses. Postgraduate Diplomas are also the next step up from completing this course.

In completing this course you will have the ability, skills and knowledge to help you pursue more strategic roles in the health and social care sector, or to move ahead in a hands on role for dementia patients.

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