Relationship-Centred Dementia Care (SNM2227/SNM3248)

This page contains details of this module at undergraduate degree and diploma level, if you are interested in studying this topic at postgraduate level please see Relationship-Centred Dementia Care (SNM650)

Who is it for?

This unit is suitable for all health and social care practitioners interested in exploring their current practice and achieving excellence in the care of people living with dementia.

Overview of content

The course aims to extend understanding that people may have started to develop through previous Dementia Awareness courses or experiences. The course explores bio-medical, social and citizenship understandings of dementia and considers the current policy context underpinning health and social care practice.

Dementia is explored as a Long Term Condition and the impact of dementia on the physical and emotional health of people and their families is considered.

A key concept underpinning this unit is the notion of Relationship-Centred Care and central to that is privileging the voices of people living with dementia and their family carers / supporters as well as health professional and policy makers. This is achieved by drawing on a range of local, national and international accounts of people with dementia and their family carers as well as by considering research literature.

The course is delivered by a range of face-to-face taught content, an observational placement visit along with self-directed study.

A challenge for the student is to reflect on their own feelings, beliefs and attitudes towards working with people living with dementia; there are opportunities throughout the course to be supported to question aspects of their own current practice in taught sessions and in the academic assignment.

What is it about?

This Relationship-Centred Dementia Care Course has been designed to build upon the previously run Foundations in Relationship-Centred Care course and is informed by discussions with people living with dementia, family carers and care professionals. The aim is to attract a wide range of health and social care practitioners from diverse areas of care practice so that peer-learning and cross-organisational understanding is enhanced. Students are supported to reflect upon their own practice in relation to research-based evidence and a wide range of personal experiences. The voices of people living with dementia and their family carers feature strongly throughout the learning using a variety of methods.

How does it enhance practice?

This course enables practitioners to recognise and reconsider their role in enhancing communication and relationships both with people with dementia and their supporters as well as with colleagues in the dementia care community. There is an emphasis on reflecting on and challenging their own practice though better knowledge of current policy and guidance frameworks in dementia care and through appreciating the experiences of living with dementia.

Mode of Assessment:

Students complete a 4000 word academic assignment. The focus of the assignment should reflect the learning outcomes of the unit and relate to students’ own areas of clinical practice.

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)

Course Structure:

1 study day per week for 10 weeks on a Thursday

Upcoming State Date:

This module will not go ahead in 2017 due to the course structure being reviewed. Expected start May 2018

Application and Funding

To apply for this module you need to complete an online application and a paper funding form.

To complete the online form, please select the "apply" link at the top right of this page. For information on funding options and to download a funding form please see here.

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 School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at Barber House, Glossop Road, Sheffield; opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital however teaching may take place across the University site. Please see here for a map of the Central Campus.

Programme Leader/Contact Name:

Dr. Jane McKeown