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European Certificate in Holistic Dementia Care

The majority of healthcare professionals working in hospitals, primary care facilities and the community are caring for patients who have dementia.

Programme Dates:

Spring course - 24 April to 28 June 2017

Autumn course - 2 October to 4 December 2017

(Online applications are now open) 

The European Certificate in Holistic Dementia Care is a 10 week distance learning course for doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. It aims to promote effective person centred care for patients with a dementia and support those who matter to them from diagnosis to bereavement.

The course commences with an introductory evening session, which can be attended via a broadband link. It is estimated the course will require 10 hours of work per week. Participants will have access to the course handbook, online learning resources and an online support forum. There is a workshop on 'Writing a Portfolio Case Study'; candidates may attend a face-to-face session or join via a broadband link. 

Introductory Evening:  

Spring course - Monday 24 April 2017,  6.00 - 7.00pm

Autumn course - Monday 2 October 2017, 6.00 - 7.00pm

Portfolio Workshop:  Wednesday 17 May 2017, 2.00 - 4.00pm

Entry Requirements

In order to undertake the course applicants must be working in a suitable practice setting, for example, in an acute hospital, nursing home, hospice or community setting and should have direct contact with patients. 

Content

The course handbook is divided into 13 sections, each covering the principles and practice for delivering optimal palliative and end-of-life care to patients with dementia. The key elements of dementia care explored throughout the course are:

  • The diagnosis, treatment and key characteristics of the different types of dementia
  • The provision of holistic dementia care and the role of palliative care
  • Communication with a patient with cognitive impairment
  • Effective assessment in dementia care
  • Management of Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms in Dementia
  • Management of holistic symptom needs
  • Caring for the Carers
  • End of Life Care
  • The ethical and legal implications of a diagnosis of dementia  

Assessment

Assessments include writing a portfolio case study demonstrating personal and professional reflection about the management of a patient with a dementia, and their palliative needs. There is also a written examination comprising of a multiple choice exam and short note questions in response to a video scenario. This will be completed at your chosen venue. 

Spring course:

Submission of Portfolio:  Friday 16 June 2017 by 12 noon

Assessment Day:  Wednesday 28 June 2017,  9.30 - 11.00am

Autumn course:

Submission of Portfolio: Friday 17 November 2017 by 12 noon

Assessment Day: Wednesday 29 November 2017, 9.30 - 11.00am

Cost :  £400  

Click on the link below to fill in the application for your chosen site and date. Full online payment must be made at the time of booking. You will then receive a confirmation email that payment has been received.  

If you have any queries please contact Claire Armstrong at 028 90781836, ext. 4826.

 

CPD applied for - Royal College of Physicians UK; Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachais na nEireann; Royal College of Physicians, Ireland.  

Here's what past candidates thought of the course: 

"As a nurse, I wish I’d done it when I first qualified ..."

“The information was fantastic - not just the handbook, but the resources that we were signposted to."

“It’s been a great resource - really cemented things that I’ve learned in the past, and I’ve learned a whole lot of things that I didn’t know. It’s been really useful."

Date Location Cost  
02/10/2017 Princess Alice Hospice, Esher £400.00 (early rate) Apply
24/04/2017 Northern Ireland Hospice, Belfast £400.00 Apply
24/04/2017 Our Lady's Hospice, Dublin £400.00 Apply
24/04/2017 Foyle Hospice, L'derry £400.00 Apply
24/04/2017 Milford Care Centre, Limerick £400.00 Apply
24/04/2017 Princess Alice Hospice, Esher £400.00 Apply
02/10/2017 Northern Ireland Hospice £400.00 (early rate) Apply
02/10/2017 Our Lady's Hospice, Dublin £400.00 (early rate) Apply
02/10/2017 Foyle Hospice, L'derry £400.00 (early rate) Apply
02/10/2017 Milford Care Centre, Limerick £400.00 (early rate) Apply

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