Dementia Care Trainers’ Programme


The Dementia Care Trainers’ Programme is a 10 day highly acclaimed course. It gives you the knowledge, skills and resources needed to train staff in health and social care organisations – improving the quality of care given to people with dementia.

This course is for…
Senior staff from health and social care organisations and other professionals who train staff within such services.

What you’ll get…

  • An up-to-date understanding of dementia and person-centred care
  • The skills and confidence to deliver training on dementia
  • The ability to champion the needs of people with dementia and provide support and advice to other staff
  • A pack of resources containing everything you need to deliver training, from an hour-long dementia awareness session to a five-day training course on person-centred dementia care
  • Accreditation from a national awarding body
  • Course and resources are aligned to the  Dementia Training Standards Framework

Course content

Module 1: person-centred dementia care knowledge & practice:

Up-to-date facts about dementia
The experience of dementia
Social and medical models of dementia
Individuality and personhood
Stigma, assumptions and myths
Well-being in dementia
The environment and dementia
Partnership: drawing on strengths & compensating for difficulties
Addressing psychological needs
Communication barriers and strategies
Positive language
Responding to different realities
Medication and dementia
Recognising and assessing pain
Empathy and validation
Working with behaviours that challenge
Rights, choice and risk
Capacity and consent
Sexual needs and expression
Addressing the needs of relatives and other carers
Assessment and care planning
Activities and occupation
Life story work

Module 2: person-centred dementia care training skills

Adult learning
Using visual aids
Practising training skills
Different training methods and techniques
Facilitating discussions
Role play in training
Managing groupwork
Analysing the training process
Verbal and non-verbal presentation skills
Managing nerves
Learning to use the Dementia Trainers’ Resources
Person-centred training
Preparing and running training sessions
Self-reflection and constructive feedback
Defining learning objectives
Managing difficulties and challenges within the training environment
Possible achievements and limits of training
Influencing care practice


The course is accredited by the Open College Network London, a national awarding body regulated by Ofqual. Content is mapped to the RQF dementia units. Participants are assessed through ongoing written assignments and coursework and a Q&A session after the course. Throughout the assessment process, 1-1 guidance and support is given. Successful participants achieve 21 learning credits at Level 3.

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