Dementia

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Support for our dementia workforce

Our resources and qualifications will help you deliver better care for people living with dementia. 

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.  

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.

About dementia

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.

Identifying dementia and what to do

How to identify dementia is a good place to start and explains what to look out for in those you support that could mean they have dementia and what you need to do to help them. The sooner someone gets a diagnosis, the sooner they and their families can get the best help. 

Dementia and diversity

This resource will enable leaders and managers in social care to support and develop their workforce who are working with people living with dementia from the following cultures and backgrounds:

  • from a black, Asian or minority ethnicbackground (BAME)
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT)
  • young-onset dementia.

if you've used our dementia and diversity guide and it's helped you in your organisation we want to hear from you. We're looking for a case study for a marketing campaign in October.  Please get in touch.

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. 

Better domiciliary care for people with dementia is aimed at leaders and managers working in these services in particular and helps you develop your workforce so that they can deliver the highest quality of care within domiciliary care services.

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.

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.  

In 2018, a review of the original ‘Dementia Core Skills Education and Training Framework’ was undertaken. The update and review includes a number of additions regarding food, drink and oral health and the updated framework was re-titled the 'Dementia Training Standards Framework'.

The framework sits on the Skills for Health website and you'll need to complete a form to download it so you can be alerted to future updates.

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 from Skills for Care.

We want to help you choose the right learning and the right provider for you.

Learning and development should focus on the practical skills workers need to do their job but also keeping the values they need to put them in practice.

A key part of selecting the right learning package for your organisation is finding the right learning provider.

Funding towards the cost of qualifications may be available from our Workforce Development Fund.

Recommendations for CQC providers

This guide includes a helpful section on dementia awareness training. 

Care Certificate

If you’re considering inductions for staff, Standard nine of the Care Certificate looks at Mental Health, Dementia and Learning Disabilities. 

e-learning

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.

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. 

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.