The interdisciplinary Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia provides healthcare professionals with the skills to expertly care for a person with dementia from diagnosis to end-of-life. Taking a biopsychosocial approach, with expert lecturers and facilitators from a range of academic and clinical backgrounds, course content includes dementia presentations, assessments, sub-types and differentials; restorative and adaptive cognitive and non-cognitive interventions; a strong focus on communication, ethical approaches and care planning; translation of evidence to clinical practice; and reflection on legislative, policy and societal influences on dementia care across health and social care settings. At all times the emphasis is on critical appraisal of research evidence, and knowledge of current policy and societal influences, and how these translate into best possible care for the person with dementia in real world settings. The Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia can be taken over one or two academic years (9-20 months).
Why Choose This Course
As the population ages and dementia becomes very common, almost all Healthcare Professionals will care for people with dementia in their everyday work, and so need up-to-date knowledge and skills in dementia.
The lecturers and facilitators in this course are clinicians and academics from several disciplines, all expert in dementia. The course coordinator is the Clinical Lead for the National Dementia Office in Ireland, a highly experienced clinician, researcher and policy influencer. Each module is taught to MSc standard, and there is as strong focus on translating evidence and policy in to practice.
This Postgraduate Certificate combines two core modules in dementia (CG6015 and CG6016) with a choice of one-two taught modules from an extensive list, including a unique placement module (CG6017) where you can experience dementia care in a range of settings, enhancing your appreciation of other service models and disciplines.
The optional independent study module (CG6007) allows you to perform an in-depth review of a topic within or outside of the course curriculum, or to plan and implement a quality improvement project, audit or service evaluation. We also offer a research methods module if you are considering progression to a Research MSc or PhD in Dementia.
Placement or Study Abroad Information
This course includes an optional clinical placement module (CG6017) where you can experience dementia care in a range of settings, including novel and innovative services, enhancing your appreciation of integrated service models and the role of other disciplines. The Practice Education Coordinator works closely with you to develop a tailored placement timetable, with placement sessions available local to your usual place of work, or throughout Ireland and abroad, as practical for you. Student feedback on this module is that it is highly valuable for personal clinical practice and for supporting quality improvements in their own work setting.