MSc Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice (Nursing) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Dementia: A person centred approach to enhancing care, support and well-being

Unit code NURS63570
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


The unit will critically explore best practice, informed by a person-centred perspective. It will explore
current research evidence, theory and first person experiences of people who are living with
Students will use this understanding to critically reflect on their own practice and plan where changes
can be made to enhance the care, support and well-being of people who are living with dementia.
Teaching will be delivered by experts in the field including practitioners and people who are living with
dementia, utilising both face-to-face and on-line teaching methods.


This unit is for practitioners who are engaged in the support and care of people who are living with
dementia and their supporters/carers. It is suitable for practitioners from any health or social care
discipline in both statutory and non-statutory services.
The unit will equip practitioners with a critical, person-centred understanding of dementia and enable
them to apply this understanding to lead changes within their practice setting to enhance the care,
support and well-being of people who are living with dementia.

Teaching and learning methods

  • Teaching and learning will be classroom-based with some additional online learning
  • Classroom based activities will include, presentations, small group work and discussion
  • Guest speakers who are living with dementia will contribute to teaching and provide opportunities for reflection on lived experiences
  • The online Black Board learning environment will be utilised for learning, including discussion groups, access to resources and submission of formative and summative work.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Analyse critically, key bio-psycho-social explanatory models of dementia.
  • Analyse critically - from a holistic, person centred perspective - the factors that can influence well-being and behaviour.
  • Analyse critically the concept of malignant social psychology and its application to practice.
  • Reflect critically on first-person and other evidence-based accounts of living with dementia with reference to the explanatory models of dementia
  • Analyse critically the impact of key health and social policy drivers on dementia care.
  • Analyse critically assessment, intervention and communication approaches in the support and care of people who are living with dementia

Intellectual skills

  • Evaluate critically, and synthesise peer reviewed literature, national/local policies, theory and first person experiences
  • Apply critical understanding to devise and justify person centred changes to one’s own practice and/or aspects of local service delivery

Practical skills

  • Demonstrate how practice will be influenced by critical synthesis of first person perspectives, theoretical dimensions, research evidence base and personal reflection.
  • Demonstrate skills in leadership and partnership working via discussion, debate and shared learning.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Communicate effectively and sensitively (verbal, non-verbal, written).
  • Develop and utilise IT skills.
  • Demonstrate research and enquiry skills by accessing and analysing literature in order to inform practice.
  • Develop logical and systematic approaches to problem solving.
  • Reflect on own academic and clinical performance and utilise strategies to improve these.

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. 

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Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 40
Tutorials 2
Independent study hours
Independent study 108

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Simon Burrow Unit coordinator

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