Current Issues in Dementia Practice


Current Issues in Dementia Practice

This 40-credit module aims to provide a greater understanding of professional development in the field of Dementia care, enabling students to develop and extend their existing knowledge of contemporary issues in dementia practice. The course is aimed at Registered practitioners (Nursing or Allied Heath) currently working with people living with dementia.

NP3D023 Glyntaff and online using a blended approach September - February September 2021

Current issues will be explored and balanced against demographic changes/ and socio-economic implications to practice.

Relevant Legislation and Policy Directives including The Dementia Action Plan for Wales (2018-2022); The Strategy for Older People in Wales (2013-2023); The Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act (2014) and The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act (2019) are examined in the context of dementia care and support.

The person affected by dementia and the carers perspective are introduced and examined. Psychosocial models/approaches and contextualized biopsychosocial interventions /helping approaches in the support of people with dementia are explored.

Research evidence on aetiology, genomics, re-ablement, pharmaco-therapy and palliative care issues are presented. Legal and Ethical issues relevant to the students practice run thematically through the module.


  • Karyn Davies (Module lead)
  • Darren Prince (Deputy)
  • Maria Parry (palliative care)
  • Emma Tonkin (genomics)
  • Aligned HPLs and relevant practitioners

This is a 40 credit level 6 module and aligns to the USW academic blueprint. The module consists of 13 half study days between September and  February.

Module content will be delivered face-to-face and on-line. There will be a mix of synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning opportunities to include tutorials, seminars, debates, case histories and on-line guided study, with participative interaction encouraged throughout the module.  

It is recognised that participants will be experienced in the field and will be able to share professional information, learning and personal encounters.  This embraces the learning/teaching experience and maintains the focus on real situation.

Applicants must be a registered practitioner (Nursing or Allied Heath) currently working with people living with dementia.

Formative Assessment

  • The student will produce a 500 word supportive narrative detailing how they intend to achieve the theoretical and clinical learning outcomes.

Summative Assessment

  • Students should demonstrate an integration of module content and clinical practice.  
  • 4000-word written assignment. The student to write a critical evaluation of an aspect of service delivery for an individual/s affected by dementia supported by relevant theory/ research, and recommendations.  The content must reflect the theoretical learning outcomes – 80% of the theoretical credits.
  • Tutor assessment of a seminar presentation of a negotiated topic relating to the care of the person with dementia in which the student should provide an action plan of effecting changes– 20% of the theoretical credits.
  • Successful Completion of the Practice Learning Outcomes.

Support available as outlined form USW student services. In addition, each student will be allocated an academic supervisor.

The module is fully supported by all USW available teaching and learning resources and includes (but not limited to) access to

  • Library services
  • Disability and Dyslexia services
  • Student advice on-line

Interested in Applying?

Contact for module enquiries: [email protected]