Module code: NUR3307

Module Overview

The module has been designed to enable participants to enhance their understanding of dementia to support the person with dementia and their carers in order to promote their wellbeing.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

GROSVENOR Wendy (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Clinical Placement Hours: 30

Independent Learning Hours: 90

Lecture Hours: 35

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Policy and background – drivers for change

  • Dementia journey – diagnosis, living with dementia to end of life

  • Holistic assessment (dementia, delirium, depression)

  • Person-centred care

  • Communication

  • Behaviours that are a challenge - explore potential strategies

  • Identification of risk and risk management

  • Pain assessment and management

  • Safeguarding, Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty

  • Recovery approach

  • Ethics

Delirium assessment

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ASSIGNMENT 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy



The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of dementia and service delivery and analyse practice changes to inform and improve quality of dementia care.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

2500 word critical analysis of the care of a person with dementia and the way in which services to support their health and social care needs are organised, delivered and managed with recommendations for practice change


Formative assessment

Students will receive feedback on draft plans



Students will receive feedback through a variety of methods:

Verbal – during seminar sessions, formative feedback on draft essay plan

Written – where requested by student (essay plan, section of writing)


Please note that any evidence of unsafe practice or breach of confidentiality will result in an automatic refer for the module.

Module aims

  • The aim of the module is to invite participants to critically review their own and their organisation's practices to change cultures of dementia care within acute care.  The aim is to equip staff with the knowledge and increased understanding to enable them to improve the delivery of person centred dementia care in an acute setting and deliver changes in practice.
  • Provide the opportunity to develop new knowledge and skills related to dementia care
  • Explore the dementia journey and how to meet the needs of people with dementia who are also in ill health
  • Enable the development of strategies in support of the management of dementia as a long term health condition
  • Empower staff to work with colleagues and carers to support best use of resources, providing dignity and person centred care for people with dementia
  • Critically reflect on new knowledge and skills in relation to its application in own area of practice
  • Practice projects as well as sharing practice will create sustainable change and create an area wide dementia champion's network.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Critically reflect on own area of practice and evaluate the need for service improvement C
2 Understand the underpinning philosophy of person-centred dementia care C
3 Using a holistic approach demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the dementia journey K
4 Identify strategies and tools that will enhance the quality of care and support provided for the person with dementia in the acute care setting T
5 Explore behaviours that are a challenge and potential strategies T
6 Critically reflect on current professional role and identify areas of on-going professional development in support of changes within practice P
7 Analyse own role in relation to their area of practice and within the wider multidisciplinary team involved with caring for people with dementia P
8 Evaluate palliative and end of life care P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to fit within the overarching strategy for the School of Health and Social care and will support the curriculum philosophy in its delivery of quality learning that is innovative in its approach and responsive to the changing healthcare landscape. The module includes a blended approach to learning and teaching which will provide students with an opportunity to experience a range of teaching and learning methods enabling them to build new knowledge and experiences gained within the classroom and practice area linking theory to practice. The focus will be to empower students as both independent and collaborative learners by sharing experiences


The learning and teaching methods include:




Class discussion

Student led seminars

Problem based learning


Work based assessment and audits

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.