The MSc Advanced Care in Dementia aims to develop practitioners with the knowledge base, abilities and competencies, which will enable them to deliver high quality patient and client care. In completing the programme students will be able to: • Advance practice within a framework of governance • Evaluate and implement evidence-based practice, identifying where further research is needed • Critically evaluate approaches and methods to assess and manage complex and unpredictable situations, utilising relevant theory. This programme is of interest to nurses, residential and domiciliary care workers, managers and supervisors, doctors (including General Practitioner’s) social workers, healthcare assistants and other nursing assistants/auxiliaries, assistant practitioners, and auxiliary health professionals such as psychologists, occupational therapists, speech & language therapists and physiotherapists who wish to pursue or further develop a career in dementia care.
Learning will be through five compulsory taught modules consisting of tutorials, workshops & e-learning and a dissertation based on a research project. Students will learn how to identify and critically evaluate the growing body of research evidence to inform and develop best dementia care practice using a person-centred approach. Students will gain practical and theoretical experience in a wide spectrum of research methodologies and learn to critically analyse and reflect on evidence relevant to dementia care. Graduates will develop skills to manage and deliver research independently in a clinical setting and to identify and implement changes based on research evidence within a clinical setting.
EXTRA PROGRAMME INFORMATION
Students may be required to obtain appropriate clearance and authorisation to undertake some research projects involving patients. For further information about Mental Health of Older Adults, visit the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust MHOA page.
Core programme content
Principle Methods of Healthcare Research
Clinical Science of Dementia
Evidence-based Decision Making in Health Care
Care in Dementia
Leadership & Change in Dementia Care
Dissertation in Dementia Care Research
FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
Assessment methods include: essay; case summary; group presentation; reflective summary; report; on-line task; portfolio; dissertation.