Short Course

Leading in Dementia Care: Residential Settings

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This course is designed to enable care home managers, nurses and senior care staff working in the care and nursing home sector to enhance their understanding of the needs of people living with dementia.

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Course overview

The emphasis will be on advancing knowledge of dementia to support the delivery of evidence-based practice. Team leaders in care homes are faced with many challenges and the aim of the course is to provide a theoretical platform to complement their management experience in the delivery of service improvement for dementia care.

Deborah Macartney

Deborah is an experienced Nursing Home Registered Manager in dementia care achieving a CQC Outstanding for Responsiveness in initiatives related to dementia care provision. She has an academic background in nursing and now practices as a Quality Assurance Consultant within the care home sector.

What you need to know

Course start date

January 2024



Course length



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Typical offer

Care Professionals



Course features

  • Flexible learning environment
  • Led by Deborah Macartney

Course details


Flexible, can be online or face-to-face.

Learning and teaching

The delivery format and pattern can be tailored to your service needs. They may be delivered together on a single day or weekly over a period of time, and may be either face-to-face or online.

There are 5 topics, each involves a 2-hours live teaching session plus 2 hours' preparation work.

The preparation work involves engagement with a range of online resources made available via a virtual learning environment Canvas, including clinical scenarios/case studies, readings and video resources. The live sessions include a combination of lecture-style input, discussion and interactive group work.

Reflective practice will form the platform for this course, encouraging participants to analyse their individual approach to practice and team leadership in dementia care.


Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing. The University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed. For further information please refer to


A journey with dementia

The pathophysiology & stages of dementia will be presented with reference to less common types of dementia. The session will discuss Alzheimer’s, Lewy Bodies, Vascular and Frontotemporal lobe dementia, with  consideration to the impact such changes can have such as falls, social isolation, behaviours, psychological impact related to the care home environment.

Theories of Dementia Care

Key theories on dementia with consideration given to the  impact  and  relevance  to  individuals  living  in  the  care  home  setting.  We will consider how these theories could be implemented in to practice to improve dementia care.  This include Kitwoods. Person Centred Care, James’ Conceptualisation of Dementia Framework and the Admiral approach to dementia care. 

Behaviours that Challenge 

Understand what presenting behaviour may mean in relation to the individual expressing a need. Effective communication, interventions and management will be reviewed, including the benefits of management protocols and prescribed medications in the care home sector. The theories explored in session 2 will be integrated into the discussion.

Quality of life factors

Drawing on previous learning about person and relationship centred care, applying the theories to improving the quality of life for people living with dementia. Living well with dementia and individual wellbeing within the care home environment will be reviewed, based on the learners enhanced understanding of dementia. The importance of a persons life history, integrating  the  core values  and the benefits of sensory therapies and interventions in dementia care. 

Leading a Team in Dementia Care

Exploring leadership approaches, principles of team leadership and how to inspire a team operating in a pressurised workplace with a dementia focus. Concluding with how to develop a creative & innovative team.

Entry requirements

Care Professionals

This short course is aimed at staff who have senior roles in dementia care (residential settings). This may include roles such as care supervisors, nursing staff and registered managers.

For general enquiries please contact the department administrator For academic/course content enquires please contact Deborah Macartney.

Booking should be made via employer invoice, please email

No International Entry Requirements for this course.

This course is available for care professionals.

Additional costs

For information about staff and student discounts please contact the short course administrator