At Salford University, education in relation to dementia is delivered around four key areas:
In addition, other schools within the University offer dementia content usually specific to their programme focus or students can access the dementia friends sessions.
Dementia education is delivered as a theme across the whole duration of our BSc and MA pre-registration nursing programmes. The Higher Education England standards for dementia education in pre-registration nursing inform this provision. A small team of registered nurse academics from mental health and adult health nursing work together to develop, facilitate and monitor the development of this aspect of education for mental health, adult and children and young people’s nursing.
Session on biological nature of dementia and therapeutic strategies at Level 4 (diploma), Level 5 (degree) and Level 7 (masters).
The master’s level study is available for:
There is opportunity for APEL and APL (accreditation of prior (experiential) learning) for entry to the programme (for those without traditional academic entry requirements), or credits for modules.
The continuing professional development modules have been developed as part of the POSaDEM (positive about dementia) project with partners; University of Maastricht, Netherlands: University of Carinthia, Austria: University of Dublin, Ireland: University of Bournemouth, UK: Saaima University of Applied Sciences, Finland. The modules developed have been funded and supported by the lifelong learning programme of the European Union. They are available via Salford Professional Development (SPD). These are all available online only, and are designed to offer the opportunity for manageable, affordable non-credit bearing educational provision. They are not accredited themselves but completion of six stand-alone half modules can potentially be used for credits on our master’s degree.
Several staff have undertaken the Alzheimer’s society Dementia Friends Champion training and therefore can deliver Dementia Friends sessions. Our rolling programme of Dementia Friends sessions offers all students and staff the opportunity to become Dementia Friends. We endeavour to do this both across the university for students and staff of any academic background, but also in the local community.