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 studied full-time or part-time.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia is a blended learning programme, with some content provided online or via evening webinars, augmented by face-to-face lectures, tutorials, workshops and case-based learning. Workshops focus on peer-learning and skills practice (eg communication skills, capacity assessment, critical appraisal).
Students take taught modules to the value of 30 credits (two core 10-credit modules and 1 x 10-credit or 2 x 5-credit elective modules) incorporating approximately 150 total hours of structured contact time, provided face-to-face, via webinars or online. Most classes are held in two-day blocks during weekdays. In addition to structured contact time, students perform approximately 450 hours of self-directed learning, submitting module assignments and reports.
Following successful completion of the examinations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia, subject to approval of the Programme Team, a student may opt to transfer to the MSc in Dementia, with exemptions for modules already taken within the Postgraduate Certificate. This will not require a new PAC application by the student. Preliminary transfer requests should to be made to the Programme Administrator, Ms. Lorraine Crossan.
A student previously graduated with the Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia, within the preceding five years, and subject to approval by the Programme Team, may register for the MSc in Older Person Rehabilitation, with exemptions granted for modules taken within the previous five years. This will not require a new PAC application by the student. Preliminary requests should to be made to the Programme Administrator, Ms. Lorraine Crossan.
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.