University of Worcester helps launch a curriculum to inform dementia education

The University of Worcester is part of a group of UK Universities which has developed a Curriculum for Dementia Education, designed as a guide for universities developing the content of higher education programmes for health and social care professionals.

The group, part of the Higher Education for Dementia Network (HEDN) chaired by the charity Dementia UK, aims to help universities to ensure that their courses address the knowledge and skills which health and social care staff need in order to care for people with dementia.

Initial research conducted by HEDN identified that coverage of dementia in most UK university health and social care courses was inadequate and inconsistent. These findings led to the development of the curriculum, which has included consultation with people living with dementia, their families, dementia care practitioners and network members.

HEDN –made up of representatives of 53 UK Universities – hope the curriculum will eventually be adopted by all Universities in the country.

Professor Dawn Brooker (pictured), Director of the University of Worcester’s internationally-renowned Association for Dementia Studies, said: “We are delighted to have been able contribute to the development of the Curriculum for UK Dementia Education.

“The Association for Dementia Studies has developed a wide range of education programmes in dementia care that are in line with our work with the HEDN. The Foundation degree that will run at the University of Worcester from September 2014 is based on this curriculum guidance.

“The launch of the curriculum represents an important step towards ensuring that universities provide health and social care professionals of the future with the required knowledge and skills to deliver high quality care for people living with dementia.”

The Curriculum for UK Dementia Education is available to download from the Dementia UK website.