Award in Awareness of Dementia and Long Term Conditions – City & Guilds Level 3

Dementia is one of several long term conditions that may affect people as they age and become frail. There are particular challenges when caring for those with dementia, including the need to respect and enable the individual to be all they can be for as long as they live. Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of St Christopher’s said “you matter because you are you” and so this course will take a patient centred approach, covering the fundamentals of dementia care, and will place an emphasis on caring for these individuals through to end of life.

What will I learn?

This course will give you the understanding you need to develop the way you communicate with dementia patients as individuals and the knowledge you need to care for them and their families in the final stages of illness. You will also learn about the types of dementia and the medication used to treat it.

You will gain the knowledge and understanding to achieve The City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Awareness of Dementia. This qualification has 4 units totalling 11 Credits. The units are:

  • Understand the process and experience of dementia
  • Understand the administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person centred approach
  • Understand the role of communication and interactions with individuals who have dementia
  • Understand the diversity of individuals with dementia and the importance of inclusio

You will also learn how to care for those with Long Term Conditions and Frailty. This understanding will be taught as an integrated part of the whole course and is a study module written by St Christopher’s that is only available through our City & Guilds centre. We will blend the content to reinforce contextualised learning.

Who is it for?

This course is for health care support workers, working with the frail and elderly with dementia. Applicants must be literate and able to complete short written reflection based assignments between the study days to achieve their qualification. The application form will help us determine suitability but it is important you are able to commit to all 3 days and to complete the written activities between the training days.

Course tutors

Kathy Morris and Steph Storer will lead this course. Both are experienced Palliative Care Nurses and qualified lecturers and assessors of vocational qualifications. They have many years’ experience of delivering education programmes and qualifications from levels 2 to 7. They are key members of the St Christopher’s education team and City & Guilds Approved Centre.

Are there bursary places available?

Bursaries are available to cover the fees for this course and to support travel costs. Distance need not be a barrier to taking part as we can also recommend local accommodation for those who need it. Those who wish to apply for a bursary should complete and return the application which can be found on the ST Christopher's website.

Bursary applications must be received by 18 August 2017. We will notify you of the result of the application by 9 September 2017.

Dates available on arrangement

St Christopher's Hospice can also create this course for you on arrangement either at your workplace or at one of their locations.

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