This is a specialised pathway within the MSc in Dementia Studies, and also allows stepping-off points at Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma levels.
Dementia Care Mapping is an observation tool designed to examine quality of care from the perspective of the person with dementia; it is part of a process of bringing about improvements to care, and is designed to be used only in formal care settings. It is grounded in the philosophy of person-centred care, which promotes the personhood of people with dementia and a holistic approach to their care.
The aim of this course is to improve dementia care through developing students’ capacity to use Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) as a tool for practice development and to bring about organisational change. Students will develop a critical engagement with the full range of evidence and theoretical and ethical frameworks underlying practice development in dementia care. There will be an emphasis on mastery in the use of DCM, practice development and organisational change, teaching and training and workplace experience.
PGCert in Dementia Studies (Dementia Care Mapping)
This consists of two core modules and one optional module. Core modules: Conducting DCM evaluations; Practice development and organisational change. Optional modules: Using DCM in practice and research; The experience of dementia.
PGDip in Dementia Studies (Dementia Care Mapping)
This consists of one core module and two optional modules. Core module: Teaching, training and learning in dementia care. Optional modules: Conducting DCM training; Managing a DCM project; Evidence-based dementia care; The experience of dementia; Research literacy and design (DCM) (completion of this latter module is required to achieve the MSc).
MSc in Dementia Studies (Dementia Care Mapping)
Core modules: Dissertation; one of the PGDip optional modules.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission