• 19Nov

    Communication skills and information signposting recognised as central to good dementia care

    The new National Dementia Core Skills Education and Training Framework is a resource to support health professionals and educators working with people living with dementia.

    It highlights the importance of ensuring that those involved in managing and delivering care to people with dementia, across the whole system, must be able to: communicate effectively and compassionately with individuals who have dementia; and signpost individuals, families and carers to dementia advice, support and information.

    The Framework comprises the following subjects:

    1. Dementia awareness
    2. Dementia identification, assessment and diagnosis
    3. Dementia risk reduction and prevention
    4. Person-centred dementia care
    5. Communication, interaction and behaviour in dementia care
    6. Health and well-being in dementia care
    7. Pharmacological interventions in dementia care
    8. Living well with dementia and promoting independence
    9. Families and carers as partners in dementia care
    10. Equality diversity and inclusion in dementia care
    11. Law, ethics and safeguarding in dementia care
    12. End of life dementia care
    13. Research and evidence-based practice in dementia care
    14. Leadership in transforming dementia care

    The Framework sets out the essential skills and knowledge necessary for all staff and carers involved in the dementia care pathway from effective basic training to continuous professional and vocation development in dementia aimed at experts and those leading and influencing dementia services.

    It was commissioned and funded by the Department of Health and developed in collaboration by Skills for Health and Health Education England in partnership with Skills for Care.

    The Framework can be accessed here.