Foundations in Relationship-Centred Dementia Care (SNM2234/SNM3234)

This course is undergoing a review and therefore is not currently open for applications.

Details of the new course will be published here as soon as they are available.

If you wish to express an interest in undertaking a Dementia Care module, please contact

The details below are included for information but the content of the course may change significantly as part of the validation process.

Who is it for?

This unit is suitable for all health and social care professionals interested in achieving excellence in dementia care.

Overview of content:

The key concept underpinning this unit is the notion of seeking to 'walk in the footsteps' of people with dementia and their family carers. While attention is paid to biomedical perspectives and the policy context, such as the National Dementia Strategy, far greater emphasis is placed on exploring what dementia means to those in the caring relationships that inevitably accompany a person´s increasingly severe symptoms, and what it means to live with dementia. This involves being exposed to and learning about to the feelings and emotions that accompany the experience of having and caring for someone with dementia. This will be achieved through considering various autobiographical accounts of people with dementia and their carers, research literature and reflection on planned visits to selected dementia services in Sheffield. Part of the challenge for the student on this unit is to reflect on their personal experience of dementia – be it caring for someone in a professional capacity or reflecting upon one´s own personal experiences of knowing a family member or friend with dementia. This part of the challenge is crucial to address, not least because the capacity to acknowledge the impact these experiences have is vital to being in authentic relationships with people with dementia and their carers. Students on the course will be supported and encouraged to find new and innovative ways to communicate effectively with all people living with dementia.

What is it about?

This foundation course in relationship-centred dementia care has been designed in consultation with people with dementia, family carers and care professionals. Students are supported to reflect upon research-based evidence and practice experiences in order to appreciate the communication relationships within which people with dementia and their family carers live and upon which they rely.

How does it enhance practice?

This course empowers practitioners to recognise and reconsider their role in improving their communication practices – both interpersonally with people with dementia and their supporters and with colleagues in the dementia care community. A better knowledge of current policy and guidance frameworks in dementia care and the research evidence-base all gear practitioners towards greater engagement in their practice.

Mode of Assessment:

Students will complete a 4,000 word essay where they will critically analyse research-based knowledge and consider personal reflections from fieldwork in order to demonstrate their understanding of relationship-centered care and its potential for good dementia care outcomes for all involved in its provision.

Links to Professional/Academic Award:

BMedSci Health and Human Sciences; BMedSci (Hons) Nursing Studies (i.e. Top-degree, NURU100); Ongoing and Supportive Care (NURU140); Acute, High Dependency and Critical Care (NURU141); Primary Care and Public Health (NURU145).


20 credits at level 5 or 6 (degree/diploma)

Upcoming Start Dates: 


Programme Leader/Contact Name:

David Reid

Tel: 0114 222 2060 Email: