SCS689 Effective safeguarding for people with dementia

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 key UK legislative framework and health and social care policy processes for adult safeguarding pertaining to people with dementia
• Examination of the policy context for ‘personalised’ adult social care and NHS health care and, drawing on research evidence, appreciate critically the key practical opportunities and risks for people with dementia and their families of the ‘choice’ agenda
• A focus on communication combining progressive neurological impairment, best practice in communication and legislation and guidance on Mental Capacity, Best Interests and Deprivation of Liberty safeguards and other forms of proxy decision-making.
• Balancing ‘risk’ and ‘choice’ using a systems approach.

What is it about?

This module aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the current UK legislative framework and health and social policy processes in place to safeguard people with dementia, within a landscape for social- and health-care increasingly defined by an agenda of choice-promotion and maintaining independence and wellbeing. It will also give them the knowledge to review adult safeguarding procedures for people with dementia; to plan and develop proportionate and timely approaches to safeguarding people with a diagnosis of dementia; to integrate best practice in safeguarding with broader awareness of initiatives to create ‘dementia friendly’ settings and provision of support enabling people to live well with dementia; to better manage in practice the dual concerns of risk and choice in dementia.

How does it enhance practice?

This module will assist students to understand both the legal requirements of their role and the ethical constraints and dilemmas that various aspects of practice including the deprivation of liberty safeguards can pose for staff in both Health and Social Care.

Mode of assessment

Module related knowledge will be assessed through completion of a 3000 word assignment.

Links to Academic Award

NURT66 MA Dementia Studies


15 Credits at Level 7

Course Structure

Start date: 13 February 2021

Attendance dates: February 2019 date structure for reference only
13 February 2019
27 February 2019
13 March 2019
27 March 2019
8 May 2019
22 May 2019
5 June 2019

Any entry requirements/pre-requisites

Applicants should have already successfully achieved a first degree or accrued 120 credits at level six (degree level); or be able to demonstrate their ability to study at this level.

Application and Funding

To apply for this course you need to complete an online application form and you can do this by selecting the "apply" link at the top right of this 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 using this form.

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.

Programme Leader

Berni Murphy, Department of Sociological Studies, 0114 222 6437