Empirical development of Curricula Standards and Principles to support Dementia Education

The National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research Care (NIHR CLAHRC) in the South West (PenCLAHRC) has been commissioned by Health Education South West to undertake the Empirical development of Curricula Standards and Principles to support Dementia Educationproject. We are very pleased to have the endorsement of Professor Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia, who said,

High quality education is an important part of improving standards of care for people with dementia and Health Education England are doing a fantastic job at promoting this to increase our understanding of the needs of education.” 

The project aims to support the Health Education England (HEE) mandate of developing educational programmes to improve dementia diagnosis rates and enable support staff to provide safe, dignified and compassionate care of people with dementia.

The project aims to produce a simple set of high-level standards to be used by educational commissioners across the full range of their commissioned programmes. To achieve these objectives, the project has reviewed the existing literature and will employ a Delphi consultation process to gain consensus on these standards and criteria.

Professor Burns adds, “This Delphi process is very important and if you were able to spend a few minutes completing the survey it would be very helpful.

The Delphi consultation process is scheduled to commence by 14th July 2014 and we aim to complete the process by the end of August 2014. It will consist of three questionnaires (known as rounds). Round 1 will be available on-line for consultation on 14th July 2014.  The amount of time necessary for completion of each questionnaire will be around15-30 minutes for each of the rounds. The finished curricula will be expected in September 2014 alongside a full report in November 2014.

The full report can be accessed here: HEE Dementia Report 2014.