MSc Dementia Care APIMH

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Evidence Based Practice in Dementia Care

Unit code NURS60043
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Offered by Nursing & Midwifery
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit will critically explore evidence relating to a range of psychological and social approaches to working with - and supporting - people with dementia and their significant others.


  • Interrogate the construction and meaning of “evidence” as applied to the dementia care field.
  • Develop knowledge and skills across a range of evidence-based psychological, social and personalised approaches with people with dementia and their significant others that enhance wellbeing and quality of life.
  • Enhance awareness of the range of approaches and the contribution they can make to the lives of people with dementia and their significant others.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the functions and value of a range and breadth of psychological and social approaches with people with dementia and their significant others.
  • Critically consider first person experience of the process and outcomes of interventions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan evidence based psychological and social approaches for people with dementia.
  • Develop a critical awareness of measures that aim to capture quality of life and well-being and consider the implications for evaluating efficacy.

Intellectual skills

  • Demonstrate skills in critical evaluation of the evidence base, formulating appropriate interventions.
  • Reflect on personal perceptions of the value of psycho-social approaches considering the impact of traditional views and the dominance of the biomedical model.
  • Evidence the use of psycho-social approaches for people with dementia within the context of a person centred philosophy.

Practical skills

  • Assimilate learning to facilitate approaches when working with people with dementia and their significant others.
  • Demonstrate skills in effective and sensitive communication.
  • Display effective presentation skills.
  • Articulate rationale within peer discussions whilst valuing the contribution of others.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Develop an empathic understanding of the experiences of people with dementia.
  • Awareness of the role and value of psychosocial interventions for improving wellbeing and quality of life.
  • Strengthen reflective practice- ability in order to reflect on the impact of self on others.
  • Rigorous understanding of group processes.
  • Develop effective presentation skills and confidence in the presentation of work to peers.
  • Continue to develop research and enquiry skills and skills in critical analysis.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all postgraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.

Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit. 

Recommended reading

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 28
Tutorials 2
Independent study hours
Independent study 120

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Simon Burrow Unit coordinator

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