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Dementia training for care providers

Alzheimer's Society works with care providers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to develop and deliver specialist dementia training programmes.  Training is designed to equip staff with the knowledge and skills to provide high quality, person-centred dementia care. With access to a team of specialist trainers and expertise around the UK, we are the provider of choice for dementia education and training.

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In-house training

We provide training sessions on a variety of topics for staff groups working with people with dementia in all roles and at all levels. Workshops are delivered in-house, direct to groups of up to 20 staff at one time, providing whole teams with common skills and knowledge in dementia and better equipping them to transfer learning into the workplace.

  • Step inside - a one day course designed to enable individual staff and teams to begin to understand the lived experience for people living with dementia.
  • Meaningful Occupation - a one day programme designed to look at creative ways of involving people living with dementia in meaningful occupation, and demonstrate ways to utilise staff team skills.
  • Responsive Behaviours- a one day training module designed to empower professionals to embrace new approaches in supporting people with dementia, based on respect, compassion and empathy.

    We work with a variety of organisations to develop the knowledge and skills of staff working with people with dementia and consistently receive positive feedback from commissioners and participants alike.

    Training workshops

    For individuals wishing to attend Alzheimer's Society training, or for organisations with limited staff numbers, we are running a number of Step Inside, Meaningful Occupation and Responsive Behaviours courses in 2014/15.

    Please contact us for more information and to book your place today.

    Training resources

    Tomorrow is another day is an easy to use dementia awareness training resource for those working in a residential care setting. 

    Supporting people with dementia at home is a new training package developed to meet the specific training needs of staff providing care and support to people with dementia living at home. 

    Both resources comprise a DVD and a CD Rom containing all learners' notes, exercises and facilitators' notes. The resources can be purchased by small care providers for just £249 + VAT each. Order your copy today.

    Certificated assessment

    The Alzheimer's Society Foundation Certificate in Dementia Awareness is a multiple choice test designed to be undertaken by staff that have completed any dementia awareness level training programme.  The assessment costs £25 per paper and tests candidates' knowledge of dementia and person-centred care, as well as their attitudes and approaches towards the care of those living with dementia. Successful candidates receive an Alzheimer's Society certificate and badge. 

    To register your organisation for the scheme, download the Invigilator information pack today. 

    Understanding Dementia - New Level 2 Award

    Alzheimer's Society and Royal Society for Public Health have joined forces to create a new qualification open to anyone who has an interest in broadening their knowledge about dementia including the many people who have signed up to the widely publicised Alzheimer's Society initiative, Dementia Friends. The Level 2 Award in understanding Dementia has been developed to raise standards in dementia care using a person centred approach to put compassionate care at the heart of the training.

    Meeting the needs of your staff

    We understand that the dementia training needs of staff will vary for different organisations. If you would like to discuss the specific requirements of your workforce in further detail, or for more information on any of the above, please contact Training and Consultancy on 01904 567909, email dementiatraining@alzheimers.org.uk or complete our online enquiry form.

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