Creating a dementia friendly workforce: getting it right

Andrea Mayrhofer, Rachel Sharpe, Helen Dye

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Health Education England (HEE) has a national mandate for the delivery of education and training in dementia care. How NHS and social care organisations have interpreted this mandate is largely unknown. This project aimed to provide information on the different types of dementia education commissioned by six NHS Trusts and partner social care organisations, and to explore course content, assessment of learning, and competency frameworks used. Data from six NHS Trusts, 27 health and social care education providers, four Local Authorities and four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) were collected via 41 telephone interviews, 10 face to face interviews, documentary reviews, reviews of related literature, and web-searches of 85 currently offered dementia education courses.
At the introductory level, most of the training offered was in-house, knowledge based, non-assessed and non-accredited. Non-accredited courses did not contribute to a recognised next stage of progression, which implies the need for a framework of accreditation to facilitate a structured pathway for workforce development. Future commissioning for dementia education and training needs to consider i) who in the workforce needs to be targeted and whether key groups may have been overlooked, ii) how accreditation of learning could help to avoid duplication of course content and lead to recognised steps of progression in skilled dementia care, and iii), the advantages of joint commissioning of heath care and social care organisations to deliver dementia education and training nationally
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015
Event44th Annual British Society of Gerontology Conf 2015 - Newcastle, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Jul 20153 Jul 2015


Conference44th Annual British Society of Gerontology Conf 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Dementia care, education, training, workforce development


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