With the right skills and knowledge, staff can provide a good quality of life at every stage of the condition, allowing people living with dementia to remain active and engaged, for as long as possible.
Dementia is a progressive disease which gradually destroys an individual’s ability to make sense of the world around them.
There are currently around 750,000 people in England living with dementia and this figure is expected to grow further as a consequence of the ageing population.
Skills for Care is proud to be a partner of Dementia Action Alliance. You can read about our commitment to this in our action plan.
The principles of good dementia care
The common core principles for dementia explain how to care for and improve the experience for people living with dementia. They are relevant to every setting and provide a basis for a general understanding of people living with dementia.
The principles have been mapped to the National Occupational Standards and the units of learning within the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
Helping domiciliary services with dementia care
Better domiciliary care for people with dementia is aimed at leaders and managers working in these services in particular.
The guide helps you develop your workforce so that they can deliver the highest quality of care within domiciliary services.
Dementia and other conditions
This case-study based guide is full of practical tips from teams working with individuals who have dementia and other conditions.
Conditions covered include Parkinson’s disease, sensory impairment, learning disabilities and long term pain management.
Training the dementia workforce
Supporting dementia workers is a practical guide for managers. It has good practice case studies and examples about the role of workforce planning and development to improve the standard of care for people living with dementia.
The dementia core skills education and training framework sets out the skills and knowledge necessary for all staff working in dementia care. You might find it helpful if you deliver dementia care in integrated settings.
Qualifications and training
Specific dementia qualifications are available at level 2 and 3, in addition to the dementia pathways within the level 2 and 3 diplomas. You can also search the endorsed provider directory for shorter courses delivered by recommended learning and development providers.
Recommendations for CQC providers
This guide includes a helpful section on dementia awareness training.
If you’re considering inductions for staff, Standard nine of the Care Certificate looks at Mental Health, Dementia and Learning Disabilities.
e-ELCA is a website which offers easy to use e-learning on dementia. Employers registered with the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) can now access these modules free using a registration code. You can self-register here. If you would like to register with the NMDS-SC visit www.nmds-sc-online.org.uk.
Working with carers
This short practical guide provides advice for care workers on the typical experiences of family and friends who are caring for someone who is suffering with dementia and the support they need. We developed it with Dementia UK and it can be used in all settings.
Resources for care workers supporting the family and friends of people with dementia supports the main guide with further useful information about support following a diagnosis, social care assessments, living independently in advanced stages of dementia and the legal and financial implications of a diagnosis.
Dementia friendly communities
Our staff have joined the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme - the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia.
Living a normal life – supporting the development of Dementia Friendly Communities is a report about a pilot project we funded in 2013 as part of the Alzheimer's Society Dementia Friendly Communities programme. The aim of the pilot was to improve inclusion and quality of life for people living with dementia.
If you’re looking for new and innovative ways to improve the quality of care you provide take a look at Learn from Others and select 'dementia care' under areas of interest.
This free resource lets you to find out about good practice in other organisations and learn from some their challenges. It is valuable in helping make the best use of often limited resources.
This guide is for managers who are supporting staff looking after people in the advanced stages of dementia.
Using a series of case studies, it's designed to help managers develop and support their staff. It helps leaders and managers in developing their workforces to enable them to provide the highest quality care.