UCC CPD courses

Contemporary approaches to dementia across the continuum of care


Fact File

  • Title

    Contemporary approaches to dementia across the continuum of care

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    As below.

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Fees

    €900 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Please see full entry requirements below. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    17th of June 2019

  • Venue

    Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork.

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    See Additional Teaching Mode Information for dates


Module Objective: To critically evaluate contemporary approaches to dementia care across the continuum of care.

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Critically discuss the impact of dementia on the individual, the family, on caregivers, and on society.
  • Critically evaluate a range of contemporary non-pharmacological approaches to care across the continuum of care.
  • Critically evaluate current approaches to pharmacological management of dementia.
  • Critically explore a range of approaches to the assessment of the individual's cognition, function, behaviour, and stage of dementia.
  • Critically analyse the impact of environmental design features on the person with dementia in a variety of care settings.
  • Identify appropriate therapeutic communication strategies for people with dementia in a variety of care settings.
  • In the context of international trends in dementia care, critically evaluate current Irish policy in regard to dementia.
  • Critically explore a range of approaches to the understanding, assessment and management of behavioural and psychiatric symptoms of dementia.
  • Identify a range of evidence-based interventions to support informal dementia caregivers.

Module Content: Overview of dementias; impact of dementia on the care recipient, family; informal and formal caregivers, and on society; standardised and non-standardised approaches to assessment; international and national policy context for dementia care; contemporary approaches to care (pharmacological and non-pharmacological) across the continuum of care; dementia-specific communication strategies; understanding the impact of environmental design on behaviour, function and cognition; understanding and intervening in behaviours in dementia; focus on the experience of informal dementia caregivers.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Teaching Method(s): 16hrs Lectures/Workshop; 184hrs Distance Learning; Discussion Board Preparation and Participation, Required Reading, Assignment Preparation and Submission, Self-Directed Learning. 



Class dates for 2019/20:

Class date Venue 

Thurs 20th Feb 2020 09.00-18.00


Tues 3rd March 2020 09.00-18.00


Oral Presentation: 

Friday 27 March 2020




Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1,500 word assignment - 80 marks; E activities - 20 marks; seminar presentation - 100 marks.The seminar presentation will include digital recording.).


Open to registered health care professionals in Nursing, Midwifery, Medicine, and Clinical Therapies or other allied disciplines.

Applicants who are practising health care professionals must provide evidence of current registration with the relevant professional regulatory body (e.g. the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (active registration), the Irish Medical Council, the Health & Social Care Professions Council (or equivalent regulatory body for pharmacists, occupational therapist, podiatrists, speech and language therapists etc.)) Applicants from allied disciplines must provide evidence of professional certification, where appropriate.

Applicants who are under 23 years of age must satisfy the minimum entry requirements as for the Degrees in Nursing or Midwifery, as set out here

Admission to the module(s) will be subject to internal university approval processes on the recommendation of the Head of School.

Applicants for Nursing and Midwifery CPD modules who do not hold an up-to-date IELTS certificate showing the requisite Academic Board approved CM&H scores must demonstrate evidence of appropriate work experience within an English language environment for at least the previous 2 years.

These modules will not necessarily run unless minimum recruitment targets of 10 students are achieved.

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is €900. There is also a €35 application fee. 

How Do I Apply

To apply for this module please download and complete the application form below and submit with the relevant documents to:

CPD Coordinator,

Graduate Studies Office, West Wing, Main Quad, University College Cork

OR via email at cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie


Application Form:

CPD App Form School of Nursing and Midwifery

Forward this form along with the:

  • Application fee,
  • A passport sized photograph and
  • Any other documentation requested on the form.