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Dementia training tier one learning outcomes

Training to familiarise  people with recognising and understanding dementia and access to online courses.


Health Education England has agreed a definition of tier 1 (awareness level) dementia training with the Department of Health. Tier 1 training is to familiarise people with recognising and understanding dementia, interacting with those with dementia, and to be able to signpost patients and carers to appropriate support.

The learning outcomes of this training must be:

  • Better diagnosis, treatment and care of those with dementia;
  • Staff will have greater awareness and confidence to support patients affected by dementia;
  • Staff will be able to identify the early symptoms of dementia;
  • Staff will be aware of the needs of patients affected by dementia and their families and carers to enable them to provide safe, dignified and compassionate care;
  • GPs will be able to identify and work with patients affected by dementia;
  • Staff will be able to signpost patients and carers to appropriate support;
  • Staff will have raised awareness of the increased likelihood of mental health problems presenting in those with Long Term Conditions.

These learning outcomes can be met by completing the e-Learning for Healthcare ‘e-Dementia: Introduction to Dementia’ course which is split into three sessions. The course is also available to NHS staff via the Electronic Staff Record system. The Social Care Institute for Excellence has also produced an Open Dementia Programme which is free to access. 

Both of the elearning courses listed above are available free of charge.


This Page was last updated on: 6 November 2015

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