University of Derby

The University of Derby is a modern, innovative education provider. We pride ourselves on offering a high quality education to individuals and businesses, which is relevant to today’s world and ensures graduates are well equipped to develop successful careers. We offer a more personal experience as we have a greater staff to student ratio than many other UK universities, so we can spend more time supporting our students. The University produces research that directly informs our teaching or provides solutions for businesses and our excellent facilities ensure that students put into practice everything they learn – often in excellent real world facilities. The College of Health and Social Care offers a great student experience, alongside research excellence and experienced staff passionate about health and social care. Our endorsement by organisations demonstrates confidence in the wealth of courses we offer and our partnerships we enjoy with the NHS and a wide range of statutory and voluntary agencies.

21 April 2016
East Midlands
Care, Children Young People and Students, Clinical Commissioning Group, Commissioners Sector, Education Sector, Health, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Local Authorities, Medical, Research Sector, Voluntary, Voluntary Sector
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Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

The College of Health and Social Care is committed to ensure that all our students have access to good quality, evidence based teaching and learning activities related to living well with dementia.  The College, in collaboration with our practice partners and Experts by Experience have developed a wide range of programmes and modules which demonstrates our expertise in the field of education and research.  The College participates in local and national activities and initiatives and the College is hosting a Dementia Conference in March 2016.

Staff and students in the College are encouraged to become Dementia Friends and several students have become Dementia Champions and are providing sessions for their peers.  Staff in the College provide Dementia Friends sessions for the wider university through the Equality and Diversity Strategy. 

 With over 2,500 students currently studying within the College of Health and Social Care at the University of Derby, we have the opportunity to impact positively on the lives of people living with dementia by ensuring our students had an advanced and compassionate approach towards individuals and carers whose lives are affected by dementia.

 Our aim is to support the National Dementia Declaration for England at all levels across the College, University and wider community.


2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Dementia has only become a government priority in recent years therefore funding for education, training and research has improved it is still a challenge for educators and researchers.

 There is a wide range of disciplines within the College of Health and Social care and therefore a wide perspective on the appropriate core curricula relating to the care and needs of individuals living with dementia.

There may be other departments and Colleges who may not see dementia awareness or education as relevant to their areas of study and research and therefore widening the dementia friendly community through the University may present a challenge. 

 We are committed to creating a culture of change throughout the university and wider community.

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2. Actions

  • Health and Social Care Dementia Teaching and Learning Curriculum

    The College of Health and Social Care will continue to develop current, relevant programmes and modules underpinned by good quality and taught by experienced, passionate staff.

    The department of Nursing and Healthcare Practice have recently launched a post graduate specialist dementia module and we collaborated with our colleagues in our online provision to develop a dementia MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) in 2015.

    We are currently reviewing our pre-registration nursing dementia curriculum to ensure it aligns withthe UK Dementia Curriculum developed by the Higher Education Dementia Network (HEDN) to ensure that our educational provision is relevant and evidence based.

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  • Contribute to academic and professional knowledge relating to dementia

    The College of Health and Social Care is committed to continue to contribute to dementia research and showcase existing research and resources through publication, conferences and service user engagement. 

    We will continue to seek internal and external funding for dementia related research.

     A dementia conference is planned for March 2016.

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  • The College of Health and Social care is committed to reducing stigma and discrimination which affects the ability of people to live well with dementia

    The College has several staff and students who are Dementia Champions who provide Dementia Friends awareness sessions throughout the college.

    Dementia Friends has been included in the wider University Equality and Diversity programme for staff.

     The college aims to offer Dementia Friends training to other colleges and departments in the University.

     The college aims to work collaboratively with the Students Union to raise the profile of dementia awareness amongst the whole student population and embed positive messages regarding living well with dementia.


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