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Dementia Education for Health and Social Care Staff

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Theme: Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Complete

Background

The Department of Health (DH) Mandate to Health Education England (HEE) set out a work programme to create and develop, in collaboration with appropriate stakeholders, a tiered dementia training programme for all NHS staff beginning with a national roll-out plan for foundation level training to start in the autumn of 2013.

Following the DH Mandate, Health Education South West commissioned PenCLAHRC to produce a set of standards to be used in the commissioning of dementia education for health and social care staff. Consequently, in the PenCLAHRC project we aimed to produce a set of high-level standards to be used by educational commissioners across the full range of their commissioned programmes. These standards are intended to be used as a guide in the development of programmes for dementia education and as a framework to support existing programmes.

This report represents the fulfilment of that brief. In order to do so, we have combined the views of 252 people from education, clinical, non-governmental and policy organisations – all of whom had either experience of or a special interest in dementia – with a review of the existing published literature and policy documents. Our method was to conduct an analysis of themes from articles included in our literature review and develop these themes into a set of ten overarching principles (e.g. Person-Centred Dementia Care) each accompanied by a principle standard (e.g. education providers should inculcate person centred care principle in their dementia care courses). We then employed a three-stage ‘Delphi’ consultation exercise to gain consensus on the importance of these ten principles in dementia education, and to develop two criteria to measure each principle standard at each level of dementia education.

Project aims

To produce a set of high-level standards for dementia education to be used by educational commissioners across the full range of their commissioned programmes.

Current activity

The Delphi consultation has now been completed, and results analysed. A final report has been constructed that outlines a framework of criteria for dementia education, and is currently in the design process.

Project outputs

Ten high-level principles and their standards were produced, with the intention of being used by educational commissioners across the full range of their commissioned programmes. These principles can be used as a guide in the development of programmes for dementia education and as a framework to support existing programmes.

Impacts

Read the full report written for Health Education England (HEE). The principles for dementia education outlined in the report will now be adopted by HEE and will be rolled out across the country.

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Health Education South West