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Dementia Education and Training

The National Perspective:

The National Dementia Strategy was launched in February 2009 and set out the workforce requirements to attain:

An informed and effective workforce for people with dementia

All health and social care staff involved in the care of people who may have dementia to have the necessary skills to provide the best quality care in the roles and settings where they work. This was to be achieved by effective basic training and continuous professional and vocational development in dementia. The delivery of this objective was through Department of Health workforce strategies recognising and taking on board the implications of the dementia strategy.

Our Role

Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber supports the national dementia project and leads on local dementia initiatives to ensure dementia education and training is readily available to health and social care staff.

Our work includes:

  • Counting and reporting dementia training numbers to the Department of Health as part of the Mandate and the Prime Minister’s 2020 Challenge on Dementia on a biannual basis.  

As at September 2016, over 60,000 Trust staff in the region were recorded as trained to tier 1 level since reporting began in 2012.

Tier 1 (foundation level) training on dementia enables staff to spot the signs and symptoms of dementia and equips them to work effectively with people with the condition and their carers and to signpost people to support and care.

This is supported by more in-depth (Tiers 2 and 3) training of expert leaders and staff working with people with dementia.

  • Working with higher education institutions in our region to include education and training on dementia in the undergraduate curriculum, ensuring all newly qualified staff who look after patients with dementia receive Tier 1 training.
  • Building strong networks across the region with:
  • Clinical Networks
  • Skills for Health
  • Skills for Care
  • HEI’s
  • Service Providers
  • Non NHS partners


  • Working towards becoming a ‘Dementia Friendly’ organisation - Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber submitted an Action Plan as part of the process to become a member of the Dementia Action Alliance.
  • Developing and signposting a repository of resources, which have been reviewed by a group of subject matter experts, to enable continued education and learning opportunities to NHS and non NHS staff and carers.


Directory of Dementia Training Resources

Finding Patience; a video created by Health Education England raising awareness of dementia in the African Caribbean Community to facilitate early diagnosis

Fred’s Story; a video highlighting unsafe mobility for people with dementia who may leave their place of care

Barbara’s Story; created by nurses at Guy's and St Thomas' to raise awareness of dementia among staff, Barbara's Story is a series of 6 films

University of Nottingham; a suite of resources in a variety of formats

e-Learning for Health; an open access course created by the University of Bradford in partnership with Health Education England deemed to reach tier 1 level competencies

Alzheimer’s Society; a toolkit of resources under tier 1 level aimed at families and carers

NHS Education for Scotland in partnership with the University of Glasgow; an e-learning tool deemed to reach tier 2 level competencies

Social Care Institute for Excellence; a series of short videos deemed to reach tier 1 competencies, or tier 2 in conjunction with facilitation

BMJ – Management of Dementia in Primary Care; an e-learning module deemed to reach tier 3 level competencies

Future Learn – Dementia: Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviour; e-learning course running periodically throughout the year

If you would like any further information regarding Dementia training, would like to become more involved in this initiative, or would like to share resources / good practice with us please contact: Danielle.Farrar@hee.nhs.uk

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