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Dementia UK offers free online course for nurses on supporting families and carers

Six-part module gives insight into the impact of dementia
New dementia module for nurses

Six-part module gives insight into the impact of dementia

Nurses can access free online training to help develop their understanding of patients living with dementia.

Working with Families and Dementia: An Introduction is an open-access, six-part module produced for registered nurses by Dementia UK.

Online course can help nurses support carers

The course is also a starting point for nurses who want to become Admiral Nurses, who provide specialist dementia support.

Dementia UKs Admiral nurse professional and practice development facilitator Gill Maidens says the course will give nurses an idea about Admiral Nursing.

The module offers insight into how dementia affects families, she says. It offers strategies to support those who are supporting people living with dementia. Carers are not always family members, so we are looking at supporting

Six-part module gives insight into the impact of dementia 


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Nurses can access free online training to help develop their understanding of patients living with dementia.

Working with Families and Dementia: An Introduction is an open-access, six-part module produced for registered nurses by Dementia UK.

Online course can help nurses support carers 

The course is also a starting point for nurses who want to become Admiral Nurses, who provide specialist dementia support.

Dementia UK’s Admiral nurse professional and practice development facilitator Gill Maidens says the course will give nurses an idea about Admiral Nursing.

The module offers insight into how dementia affects families, she says. ‘It offers strategies to support those who are supporting people living with dementia. Carers are not always family members, so we are looking at supporting carers as a whole.’

Course counts towards revalidation requirements

The course can be used as part of a nurse's revalidation, as continuing professional development hours or a reflective account.  

The module takes six to eight hours to complete and covers:

  • Families and dementia.
  • Introducing techniques when working with families.
  • The impact of dementia.
  • Supporting and sustaining relationships.
  • Reflecting on strategies to help families with dementia.
  • A reflective account of your learning.

Module is suitable for non-specialist nurses

Sections include patient case studies, key facts, activities, videos, interactive tools, short quizzes and signposting to further reading and resources.

Dementia UK’s head of research and publications Karen Harrison Dening said: ‘This is for a wider nursing field, whether they want to become an Admiral Nurse or not.'


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