Holistic Dementia Certificate

Caring for someone with dementia can be challenging and stressful, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Programme Information 

To help equip healthcare professionals with the appropriate information and skills that they need to care and support people living with dementia, we're hosting our popular ‘Holistic Dementia Certificate’ – a 10-week distance learning programme, which starts in September.

The programme aims to promote effective person centred care for patients with a dementia, and support those who matter to them from diagnosis to bereavement. The course is suitable for the majority of healthcare professionals working in hospitals, primary care facilities and in the community caring for patients who have dementia.

The course commences with an introductory evening session, which can be attended via broadband link. It is estimated the course will require 10 hours of work per week. Participants will have access to the course handbook, online learning resources and an online support forum. There is a workshop on 'Writing a Portfolio Case Study'; candidates may attend a face-to-face session or join via a broadband link.

Programme Dates

Winter 2020 dates to be confirmed

Entry Requirements

In order to undertake the course, applicants must be working in a suitable practice setting, for example, in an acute hospital, nursing home, hospice or community setting and should have direct contact with patients.

Course Cost:


Course Content

The course handbook is divided into 13 sections, each covering the principles and practice for delivering optimal palliative and end-of-life care to patients with dementia. The key elements of dementia care explored throughout the course are:

  • The diagnosis, treatment and key characteristics of the different types of dementia
  • The provision of holistic dementia care and the role of palliative care
  • Communication with a patient with cognitive impairment
  • Effective assessment in dementia care
  • Management of Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms in Dementia
  • Management of holistic symptom needs
  • Caring for the Carers
  • End of Life Care
  • The ethical and legal implications of a diagnosis of dementia 


Assessments include writing a portfolio case study demonstrating personal and professional reflection about the management of a patient with a dementia, and their palliative needs. There is also a written examination comprising of a multiple choice exam and short note questions in response to a video scenario. This will be completed at your chosen venue.

Here's what previous candidates thought of the course:

‘As a nurse, I wish I’d done it when I first qualified.’ Nurse
‘The information was fantastic - not just the handbook, but the resources that we were signposted to.’ Nursing Assistant

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