The Dementia Awareness Care Quality Guide aims to help health and social care staff and carers refresh, develop or extend their learning in key areas of practice.
If you are new to working with this client group, or are in a new role, you can use this guide to quickly develop the knowledge you need, and where appropriate, work towards a relevant qualification.
If you are a more experienced worker, you can use the guide to refresh your learning, meet the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards for Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
If you are a manager, you can use the guide with staff in the context of supervision and CPD, and to contribute towards meeting Care Quality Commission (CQC)and HCPC standards.
This guide also provides underpinning knowledge for Qualifications and Credit Framework QCF unit DEM 201: Dementia awareness, and the thinking and practice activities can contribute to evidence of learning.
The guide also includes a short, illuminating film, Understanding the Experience of Dementia, in which people with dementia and their carers talk about their experiences of living with dementia, which can help staff and carers understand how people with dementia can be supported in a positive and meaningful way. Members of the HOPE group and their carers talk about living with dementia and the supports they have valued.
David Moore is a senior lecturer for the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester and fellow author Kirsty Jones is a training and development officer for the adults’ services training department at West Sussex County Council.