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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.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have the following:

A Primary Degree in a relevant health care discipline* or an equivalent academic qualification and professional experience to be approved by Programme Team;

Ideally candidates should have at least one year's practical experience in their area of qualification post-registration;

In some exceptional circumstances candidates, by virtue of their training and experience may, at the discretion of the Programme Team, be deemed suitable for entry to the programme. Such candidates may be requested to undergo an interview.

*A relevant health care discipline includes but is not limited to medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, speech and hearing science, audiology, physiotherapy, psychology, and social studies.

Garda Vetting
Students, or applicants in receipt of an offer, on this programme will be subject to Garda Vetting as relevant. Students will be prohibited from engaging in a relevant work placement unless the vetting process has been cleared. Click here to view UCC's Student Garda Vetting Policy.

Recognition of Prior Learning
In accordance with UCC's policy on Recognition of Prior Learning, a student who has successfully completed modules for Continuous Professional Development within the Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia programme, and/or has completed relevant university postgraduate modules in a cognate area at similar NFQ level (subject to approval of the Programme Team), and who meets the entry requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia, can apply to register for the Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia with exemptions granted for modules taken within the previous five years. This will require a PAC application by the student for the Postgraduate Certificate.

Duration

1 year (9 months) Full-time; 2 years (20 months) Part-time

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information

In today's competitive workforce, higher professional qualifications are an essential part of continuous professional development and career advancement. The Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia gives Healthcare Professionals key skills and competencies to confidently care for a person with dementia, of any age and in any setting.

This course can also be used as a stepping stone to the MSc in Dementia, or to a research MSc or PhD. It can also be taken as an adjunct to a Diploma or MSc in a related area (e.g. Gerontological Nursing or Intellectual Disability studies), giving specialist expertise in dementia.

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
Dr. Suzanne Timmons
s.timmons@ucc.ie
+353 21 4923165
https://www.ucc.ie/en/cgr/

Lorraine Crossan
l.crossan@ucc.ie
+353 21 4627347

Subjects taught

Students take CORE MODULES to the value of 20 credits as follows:

CG6015 Understanding Cognitive Disorders and Dementia (10 credits)
CG6016 Advanced Issues in Dementia Care (10 credits)

Students take ELECTIVE MODULES to the value of 10 credits from the following:

CG6002 Stroke Rehabilitation (10 credits)
CG6006 Falls, Mobility and Movement Disorders (10 credits)
CG6007 Independent Study (5 credits)
CG6012 Neuromuscular Disorders (10 credits)
CG6017 Clinical Practicum in Dementia (5 credits)
EH6038 Applied Research for Gerontology and Rehabilitation (10 credits)
IP5001 Holistic Approach to Palliative Care (5 credits)
MH6014 Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits)
MH6016 Advance Care Planning (5 credits)
NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits)

Application date

Applications for 2019 start dates will open on November 1st 2018.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means we offer places four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. We advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications:

For all completed applications received by January 11th 2019
Offers will be made:Offers will be made by January 25th 2019

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by March 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by May 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offer will be made by July 15th 2019

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

Course fee

The fee for this course is €2,985.

Part-time students:

If your course is offered full time and part time, the fee for part time courses is half the full time fee.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date 9 September 2019

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