The University of Salford has contributed to a national curriculum for the education of health and social care professionals who come into contact with people living with dementia.
The Higher Education for Dementia Network (HEDN), co-ordinated and chaired by the charity Dementia UK, developed the curriculum for health and social care courses including nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and social work.
The curriculum has been developed over a numbers of years and has included consultation with people living with dementia, their families and dementia care practitioners. The aim is for it to be adopted by all UK universities offering health and social care courses.
HEDN is comprised of representatives of 53 UK universities who have an interest in, or are responsible for, courses on dementia care.
Rachel Thompson, Chair of HEDN, said: “Dementia needs to be integral to health and social care education. The curriculum will provide a framework to ensure that this happens effectively and across all education providers.”