Dementia - elearning for healthcare
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About the Dementia programme


The Centre for Applied Dementia Studies at the University of Bradford is conducting a research project regarding your experience of using the elearning for healthcare dementia programmes. This evaluation aims to find out your thoughts on the dementia sessions and the impact the training has had on your knowledge and practice. If you would like to take part in the evaluation, we are asking you to complete a short survey before completing a session and another short survey after completing your session. There will be separate surveys for each session you complete. We will also be conducting telephone interviews with up to 20 people with regards to how the sessions have had an impact on practice. For further information please contact Dr Janet McNally.

The elearning programme in Dementia Care has been designed to enhance the training and education of the health and social care workforce. It focuses on the essential knowledge and skills needed to support and enable people living with dementia and their family carers to live as well as possible, wherever they live.

The programme will also be of interest to those responsible for training and educating the health and social care workforce. It can be used in a variety of ways including as part of induction; to structure reflective practice with individual staff and teams; for self-paced learning; and to revisit as a form of refresher training.

The programme directly addresses the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020 by covering all aspects of care for people living with dementia and their family members, from prevention and risk reduction to diagnosis through to bereavement. It emphasises the importance of adopting the perspective and experience of those directly affected by dementia – people living with dementia and their family and friends – and ensuring effective support is provided to health and social care professionals charged with providing compassionate, co-ordinated, evidence-based person-centred dementia care.

More information

The programme is a resource to help with implementation of the following:

  • NICE guideline 97. Dementia: assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and their carers (NICE, 2018)
  • The Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020 (Department of Health, 2015)
  • The Dementia Training Standards Framework (Department of Health, 2018)

The programme is consistent with relevant legislation, including that regarding human rights such as the:

  • Equality Act (2010)
  • Carers Act (2014)
  • Mental Capacity Act (2005)

The programme is aligned with the Dementia Action Alliance Dementia Statements.

The elearning sessions follow the Dementia Training Standards Framework. The Dementia Awareness session addresses tier 1 of the framework and the final session 02_13 Leadership in Transforming Dementia Care addresses tier 3; all of the other sessions address tier 2.

The programme draws on a rich and diverse evidence base including personal testimony – the voice of the person living with dementia and their family carers – national and international care and services research, and professional and clinical best practice. The content reinforces the importance of dementia being everyone’s business and the importance of having a workforce that is both well-informed and supported to provide high quality, compassionate care.

Programme structure

  • Module 1

    Introduction to living with Dementia
  • Module 2

    Enabling people to live well with Dementia

Programme authors

The sessions have been written by experts by experience (people living with dementia and their family carers) working in collaboration with a multi-professional team with backgrounds in education, gerontology, nursing, occupational therapy, patient and public involvement, pharmacy, psychology and speech and language therapy.

  • Multi-professional team

  • Experts by experience

  • Consulted with:

Meet the team

  • Gail Mountain

    Professor Gail Mountain

    Professor of Applied Dementia Research, University of Bradford
  • Patricia Howe

    Patricia Howe

    Programme Manager, HEE elearning for Healthcare
  • Tracy Watkins

    Tracy Watkins

    Lead Learning Designer, HEE elearning for Healthcare
  • Stephen Gibbons

    Steven Gibbons

    Lead Learning Designer, HEE elearning for Healthcare
  • Karen Walker - ID

    Karen Walker

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for Healthcare

How to access

Available to all

The Dementia programme is freely available to access here.
Please note your progress and completion of sessions will not be recorded and you will not be able to generate a record of completion. If you require evidence of learning, please register and then log in to access this programme on the elfh Hub.

If you already have an account with elfh, then you can enrol on to the Dementia programme by logging in to the elfh Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My elearning section.

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To view the Dementia programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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NHS healthcare staff in England

The Dementia programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this elearning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Care home or hospice staff

To register for the Dementia programme, select the ‘Register’ button, above. Select the option ‘I am a care home or hospice worker’ then enter your care home / hospice name or postcode and select it from the options available in the drop down list. Finally enter your care home / hospice registration code and select ‘Register’. You may need to see your employer to get this code.

If your employer does not have a code, then they need to contact the elfh Support Team. The Support Team can either give the employer the registration code or arrange a bulk upload of all staff.

Social care professionals

Access to elfh content is available to all social care professionals in England whose employers are registered with the Skills for Care National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC). Every employer providing NMDS-SC workforce information to Skills for Care has been given a user registration code for their staff. This code enables you to self-register for access to Dementia. Please contact your employer for more details about the registration code. For information about registering your organisation with the NMDS-SC your employer should access or contact the Skills for Care Support Service on 0845 8730129.

If you have a registration code, you can register by clicking here.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Dementia programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

How to license

In the event that you do not qualify for free access to the Dementia programme, you are able to license access through eIntegrity, a community-interest company established for this purpose.
You can check whether or not you qualify for free access by clicking on the ‘Register’ button above.

For more information on the licensing options available for the Dementia programme, please visit the eIntegrity website.

More information

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