New course to aid dementia

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The Lancaster-based University of Cumbria is one of a group of universities who have developed a new curriculum to improve dementia education in the UK.

It has been designed as a guide to universities for developing the content of higher education programmes for health and social care professionals such as nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and social work.

Linda Morrison programme lead for the foundation degree in health and social care at the Lancaster university said: “We are excited to be involved in the launch of this curriculum. As the first university in the UK to deliver a foundation degree with a named pathway in dementia care, the CfDE will also be embedded in all our health and social care programmes.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for those who provide services to people with dementia, as education specialising in dementia care is now gaining the recognition that it deserves. These standards will ensure that the University of Cumbria will provide a high quality curriculum that is meaningful and contemporary.”