Our Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care (RQF) is aligned to the National Dementia Strategy on which you will learn an awareness of dementia and in particular those factors that influence interactions and communication with individuals. Other key principles are also covered such as equality, diversity and inclusion, person-centred care, behaviour, the benefits of activities and the administration of medication.
The qualification consists of seven modules. All modules are theory based and are provided as a remote learning opportunity with assignments, workbooks and resources provided.
Qualification Name: Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care (RQF)
Accreditation: iCQ OfQual recognised qualification
OfQual Qualification Accreditation Number (QAN): 601/5564/4
Average time to completion: 6 to 12 weeks
Understand equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care
Understand and appreciate the importance of diversity of individuals with dementia
- Explain the importance of recognising that individuals with dementia have unique needs and preferences
- Describe ways of helping carers and others to understand that an individual with dementia has unique needs and preferences
- Explain how values, beliefs and misunderstandings about dementia can affect attitudes towards individuals.
Understand the importance of person-centred approaches in the care and support of individuals with dementia
- Describe how an individual may feel valued, included and able to engage in daily life
- Describe how individuals with dementia may feel excluded
- Explain the importance of including the individual in all aspects of their care.
Understand ways of working with a range of individuals who have dementia to ensure diverse needs are met
- Describe how the experience of an older individual with dementia may be different from the experience of a younger individual with dementia
- Describe what steps might be taken to gain knowledge and understanding of the needs and preferences of individuals with dementia from different ethnic origins
- Describe what knowledge and understanding would be required to work in a person-centred way with an individual with a learning disability and dementia
The person-centred approach to the care and support of individuals with dementia
Understand approaches that enable individuals with dementia to experience well-being
- Describe what is meant by a person-centred approach
- Outline the benefits of working with an individual with dementia in a person-centred manner.
Understand the role of carers in the care and support of individuals with dementia
- Describe the role that carers can have in the care and support of individuals with dementia
- Explain the value of developing a professional working relationship with carers
Understand the roles of others in the support of individuals with dementia
- Describe the roles of others in the care and support of individuals with dementia
- Explain when it may be necessary to refer to others when supporting individuals with dementia
- Explain how to access the additional support of others when supporting individuals with dementia
Understand behaviour in the context of dementia
Understand that behaviour is often used as a means of communication
- Identify some of the factors that can influence and shape a person’s behaviour
- Explain why it’s important to look for the meaning behind words and behaviour
- Define the meaning of the term insight impairment
- Describe how insight impairment can affect a person’s behaviour.
Understand how to respond to behaviours associated with dementia
- Describe the conditions apraxia and visual agnosia
- Define the terms delusion and hallucination
- Outline how staff can support a person with dementia who has difficulty sleeping
- Identify possible reasons for repetitious questions and behaviour
- Explain how staff can support a person with dementia should they display a range of behaviours
- Explain how staff should respond to behaviour considered inappropriate.
Understand why some people with dementia will need additional emotional support
- Identify reasons why a person with dementia may become depressed
- Explain why it’s important to treat depression and tackle its causes
- Describe how staff can support a person with depression
- Identify reasons why a person with dementia may become angry
- Describe how staff should respond to a person who becomes angry
Understand what dementia is
- Explain what is meant by the term dementia
- Describe the key functions of the brain that are affected by dementia
- Explain why depression, delirium and age-related memory impairment may be mistaken for dementia.
Understand key features of the theoretical models of dementia
- Outline the medical model of dementia
- Outline the social model of dementia
- Explain why dementia should be viewed as a disability.
Know the most common types of dementia and their causes
- List the most common causes of dementia
- Describe the likely signs and symptoms of the most common causes of dementia
- Outline the risk factors for the most common causes of dementia
- Identify prevalence rates for different types of dementia.
Understand factors relating to an individual’s experience of dementia
- Describe how different individuals may experience living with dementia depending on age, type of dementia, and level of ability and disability
- Outline the impact that the attitudes and behaviours of others may have on an individual with dementia
Understand the administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person-centred approach
Understand the common medications available to, and appropriate for, individuals with dementia
- Outline the most common medications used to treat symptoms of dementia
- Describe how commonly used medications affect individuals with dementia
- Explain the risks and benefits of anti-psychotic medication for individuals with dementia
- Explain the importance of recording and reporting side effects/adverse reactions to medication
- Describe how as required (PRN) medication can be used to support individuals with dementia who may be in pain
Understand how to provide person centred care to individuals with dementia through the appropriate and effective use of medication
- Describe person-centred ways of administering medicines whilst adhering to administration instructions
- Explain the importance of advocating for an individual with dementia who may be prescribed medication
Understand the Benefits of Engaging in Activities in Social Care
Understand the impact of activity on physical and mental well-being
- Outline the consequences of prolonged inactivity on an individual’s physical and mental state
- Describe the ways in which the experience of an activity can be positive
- Explain the relationship between a positive experience of an activity and physical and mental well-being
- Describe the ways in which the experience of an activity can be negative
- Explain the relationship between a negative experience of an activity and physical and mental ill-being.
Understand the social benefits of activities
- Describe the social benefits of engaging in person-to-person activity
- Describe the social benefits of engaging in group activity
- Identify activity approaches that focus on social interaction
- Explain how activity provision can be used to encourage social interaction
Understand how activity can be the basis for a model of care and support
- Describe how care workers can embed activity provision into their existing role
- Outline ways in which an activity provider can contribute to an activity-based model of care
- Explain how carers can be supported to participate in an activity-based model of care
- Outline ways in which activities can be used to create a team culture in a care setting
Understand the factors that can influence communication and interaction with individuals who have dementia
Understand the factors that can influence communication and interaction with individuals who have dementia
- Explain how dementia may influence an individual’s ability to communicate and interact
- Identify other factors that may influence an individual’s ability to communicate and interact
- Outline how memory impairment may affect the ability of an individual with dementia to use verbal language.
Understand how a person-centred approach may be used to encourage positive communication with individuals with dementia
- Explain how to identify the communication strengths and abilities of an individual with dementia
- Describe how to adapt the style of communication to meet the needs, strengths and abilities of an individual with dementia
- Describe how information about an individual’s preferred methods of communication can be used to reinforce their identity and uniqueness
Understand the factors which can affect interactions with individuals with dementia
- Explain how understanding an individual’s biography / history can facilitate positive interactions
- List different techniques that can be used to facilitate positive interactions with an individual with dementia
- Explain how involving others may enhance interaction with an individual with dementia
Enrolment and Delivery
Please use our enquiry form or contact us by telephone if you have any queries about this qualification or would like to express an interest to enrol onto this course. A member of our team will be happy to answer any questions, help to make sure this course is right for you and/or your staff team, and talk you through what is involved in enrolment and course completion.
Upon enrolment, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will assist you through achieving successful and meaningful completion of your award. All of the electronic resources, workbooks and assignments required for you to complete the course will be emailed to you for you to commence working with at a time of your convenience. Your tutor will work with you to set targets and milestones that are achievable for you and will check in with you regularly, providing assistance whenever necessary.
On successful completion of your award, your assessor will coordinate with the awarding body for the issuance of your certificates, which will be promptly delivered to you.
Including Assignment, Workbook and Resources:
The full cost of this qualification is £120 per person which is duly invoiced at the point of enrolment.
This Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care is accredited to the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF), the new framework for creating and accrediting qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OfQual) regulates this qualification, examinations and assessments in England.
Complete Training is an approved registered centre with the OFQUAL regulated awarding organisation ‘I Can Qualify‘ (iCQ). All our qualifications are subject to both internal and external quality assurance processes to ensure we meet all of the awarding body specifications. All course materials are developed to meet the specific outcomes that make up the full qualification.