Psychosocial approaches to the care and treatment of people with dementia

Course code SNM657
15 Credits at Level 7

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at health and social care professionals, voluntary sector practitioners and those looking to develop an academic career focusing on dementia and dementia care.

Overview of content:

  • Overview of theoretical, legislative and policy drivers behind the increasing turn to psychosocial interventions for some people with dementia to appreciate more fully the ‘last resort’ status of anti-psychotic drugs and to enhance wellbeing
  • Examination of the definition of ‘behaviours that challenge’ in dementia care to appreciate the range of influences that often converge to consider and identify unmet psychological and social needs amongst people with dementia in care settings
  • Assessment of a range of psychosocial interventions, evidence base, purpose and efficacy of these, to supplement existing interventions on offer in care settings
  • Appraisal of the kind of relationships that might be developed with practitioner-partners within health, social care and wider practice to enhance developments in dementia care and support

What is it about?

This module aims to provide students with a coherent understanding of the theoretical, policy and legislative context for psychosocial approaches used in dementia care and knowledge of a range of key interventions on offer, the potential benefits and appreciation of the evidence-base supporting decisions to employ such interventions. Emphasis is placed on broadening the range of approaches students might take when responding to ‘behaviours that challenge’ and people with dementia, whilst also exploring wider outcomes such as enhanced ‘wellbeing’ and positive patient experience.

Mode of assessment

Module related knowledge will be assessed through completion of a 2000 word assignment (70%) and a presentation (30%).


Course structure

Start date:  February 2021 tbc

Application and Funding

To apply for this course you need to complete an online application form and you can do this by visiting our how to apply page. A fees and funding form will automatically be sent on submission of your application form. Details of funding options can be found on our Funding Page

If you wish to undertake the full MA Dementia Studies course, please apply online.

If successful in your application for the course you will receive a confirmation email with the exact details of the location of teaching, closer to the start date.

The Division of Nursing and Midwifery (Health Sciences School) is based at Barber House, Glossop Road, Sheffield; opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, however teaching may take place across the University site.

Programme Leader

Jane McKeown


Tel: +44 114 222 2071

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