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Bridging the Dementia Divide: Supporting People living with Dementia

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Full course description

Course Date:

May 15 - Jun 25, 2017


6 weeks


2 hrs/week



Course Type:



Certificate (free)


Dementia is a global health problem, placing pressure upon health and social care systems and budgets and drastically changing the lives of families of those affected. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates there are currently 35.6 million people living with dementia, a number that will triple by 2050 (WHO, 2012).

This course will help you to address the global challenge of dementia. It has a strong focus on integrative collaborations and partnerships as a way to reduce barriers between services and to provide seamless care for people living with dementia.

The course will build as a narrative through six modules, each one using what has been taken from the previous modules. Each will be badged separately and an E-Certificate for successful completion to a standard will be awarded.

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The course is presented by University of Derby Online Learning, which is the thriving distance learning division of the University of Derby. Since 2001, the University of Derby has offered online distance learning to students who required more flexible study options. As demand for these popular online distance learning courses increased, the University learned to tailor course content specifically for online delivery and in 2011, based on the increasing success of their distance learning courses, the University launched the University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL).

Today, their online distance learning degrees continue to match the high academic standards you would expect in any British university. They also continue to exploit the latest research into online study to refine course delivery and increase the success of online distance learning students. UDOL’s vocational online distance learning courses are particularly suited to busy, working professionals. Many of the courses are accredited by a professional body, so you can be sure that course content is relevant, and your qualification will be recognised and valued by your industry.

This has resulted in the University’s MOOCs receiving the OpenupEd Quality Label which means it is is recognised as operating in a continuous process of improving their MOOC offerings. By achieving this label the University of Derby demonstrates that it offers quality controlled MOOCs in compliance with benchmarks tailored to both e-learning and open education and keeps up to date with the latest developments. Furthermore, that it uses the OpenupEd quality instrument for benchmarked self-assessment on MOOCs and takes measures of improvement accordingly.

With all the above in mind you can expect to receive an outstanding higher education experience by simply completing this free, six-week course.

Course Program:

Week 1: Introduction to dementia
Week 2: Communication and compassion
Week 3: Independence, control, and quality of life
Week 4: Dementia as a global health priority
Week 5: Integrating care
Week 6: End of life care

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  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of dementia, its context and wider perspectives.
  • Examine dementia in the global context and it’s implications.
  • Learn to communicate effectively with people affected by dementia.
  • Understand the importance of independence, control and quality of life and learn how you can support that.
  • Support people living with dementia and their families during the final phase of life.

Target Audience: This course is suitable for anybody who is interested in dementia and its effects on society, culture, and economics, including health and social care professionals, policy makers, and families of people with dementia.

Course is offered by the University of Derby.

Course Instructors

Ian Welsh

Ian Welsh

Lead Instructor

Ian is a UK Nursing and Midwifery Council Registered with a background in Accident & Emergency and orthopaedics. Read More.

Since qualifying as a nurse teacher he has taught general nursing students and has been head of a pre-registration nursing degree programme. Ian is a lecturer and Module Leader for Mentoring in Practice, and Leadership in Health and Social Care at the University of Derby.

Dr Pauline Green

Dr Pauline Green

Academic Lead - Social Care and Social Work, University of Derby Online Learning

Pauline is a registered Social Worker and has worked as an academic at the University of Derby since 1999. She qualified as a Social Worker in 1984 and worked in a wide range of statutory settings in both children and adult services. Read More.

Some of the more specialists included: working as a Liver Transplant Social Worker at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, Adoption and Fostering Officer in Staffordshire, and Social Worker specialising in Physical Disability in Essex. Pauline has taught social work, health and social care, and youth and community studies.

David Robertshaw

David Robertshaw

Senior Lecturer, Pre-qualifying Healthcare, College of Health and Social Care University of Derby

David is a UK Nursing and Midwifery Council Registered Nurse with a background in adult acute care. Read More.

David previously combined weekly clinical practice with his academic role. Now devoting full attention to his academic role, he maintains strong links with practice and local hospitals. David is Programme Leader for the FDSc Nursing Associate programme at the University of Derby.