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University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria is committed to providing quality higher education that aims to meet the needs of the local community as well as having a notional agenda. There are campuses in Carlisle, Lancaster,Workington, Ambleside, Barrow and London. We provide a range of professional programmes within the Health & Social Care sector that includes nursing, social work, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, radiography as well as academic courses including working with older adults. We are committed to ensuring dementia is embedded within all of these curriculums to raise awareness, decrease stigma and improve care services.

2 November 2018
North West
Education Sector
Local Alliances:
Carlisle 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 university is committed to embedding dementia within the curriculum for all health and social care courses, as well as promoting dementia friends sessions with the university to ensure all staff and students have a basic awareness of dementia and the ways that they can support the local community.

We also deliver dementia specific programmes including a foundation degree in health & social care - dementia pathway, University Advanced Diploma - dementia pathway and students can achieve a BSc Practice Development - dementia dementia. We also have a rolling workshop programme in dementia for both health care assistants and qualified nurses working in acute care or community.

We are linking with local organisations that work with people with dementia, they promote high quality care using creative methods to try and ensure a degree of meaningfulness and normality that can help a person to live well with dementia.

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

The main challenge is resources, mainly staffing issues, as there are not many lecturers who are able to deliver the sessions - both formally and informally.

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2. Actions

  • Deliver dementia modules for professional staff

    The university will continue to promote the provision of dementia modules for qualified staff working with people with dementia.

  • Embed dementia within health and social care courses

    The university is continually reviewing the various curricula and there is a need to ensure dementia education is delivered to all health and social care staff throughout the progression of their various programmes. This should be specific to their level of study and ensure they have the knowledge and skills that is appropriate to their profession.

    Being implemented
  • Promote dementia friends

    The university is committed to delivering dementia friends sessions to increase awareness of dementia throughout the university

    Being implemented