SNM657 Psychosocial approaches to the care and treatment of 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 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%).

Links to Academic Award

NURT66 MA Dementia Studies


15 Credits at Level 7

Course Structure

Start date: 7 February 2017

Attendance dates:

07 February 2017
21 February 2017
07 March 2017
21 March 2017
25 April 2017
09 May 2017 - assessment presentation
23 May 2017
06 June 2017

Application and Funding

To apply for this module you need to complete an online application and a paper funding form. If you wish to undertake the full MA Dementia Studies course, please apply using this form.

To complete the online form, please select the "apply" link at the top right of this page. Please see our Funding Page for information on funding options and to download a funding 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

Jane McKeown
Email:, Tel: 0114 222 2071