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Practitioners with a Special Interest in Dementia Postgraduate Certificate

Practitioners with a Special Interest in Dementia Postgraduate Certificate

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Study mode

Part time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work

Course type


Course Summary


This innovative postgraduate certificate is the first course of its kind in England. It is taught by a pioneering team of academics in the world-leading Centre for Applied Dementia Studies at the University of Bradford who are making great developments in dementia research and care.

It is designed for practitioners from a variety of clinical backgrounds (GPs, Nurse Prescribers etc.) working in health care settings where diagnostic services and post-diagnostic support for people with dementia are, or are planned to be provided. The programme aims to support learners to develop high-level skills in assessment, diagnosis, clinical management and ongoing support for people with dementia and their carers.

It enables students to gain appropriate knowledge and skills to seek local approval to work as a Practitioner with a Special Interest (PwSI) in Dementia, where PwSI schemes are operational.

Study is through a blended learning approach, including online distance learning and two days of face-to-face teaching. Assessment of the programme includes theoretical as well as clinical competence assessment undertaken by a clinical mentor/ assessor. The programme aligns to tiers 2 and 3 of the Dementia Training Standards Framework.

Learning and assessment

Study is through a blended learning approach which includes one face-to-face day per module alongside independent study guided by a distance learning study guide and readings, on-line tutorials via a virtual learning environment, clinical workbased learning and mentor supervision.

The design of the programme permits flexible study that can be undertaken alongside working. The teaching, learning and assessment approaches chosen are designed to help you apply theory directly to your own practice and to help you to tailor work-based learning to your own specific learning needs.

Each module includes up to two components of assessment. The assignments are designed to relate directly to the clinical work-based learning you undertake. Both modules include a portfolio of clinical practice, which will include critical case examples, assessments by your clinical mentor and personal reflections on aspects of your clinical practice.


To enable professionals to work as a Practitioner with a Special Interest in Dementia by developing skills in ongoing support approaches for people living with dementia and their carers, including appropriate psychosocial/non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments and assisting access to appropriate support services.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a good first degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area. Current registration with a professional body. To be currently working within a service that provides or intends to provide assessment, diagnosis and ongoing support for people with dementia. Support from your employer to undertake this programme of study and local support to provide an appropriate mentor/assessor for the duration of the course. Access to a computer with a broadband connection, and the ability to download software to this and to access online resources including social networking sites. Have computing skills commensurate with the demands of the programme.

University information

The University of Bradford is a progressive institution which aims to have a positive impact on society through embracing technology-oriented teaching methods and applied research. The university invests heavily in its facilities, and its city-centre campus is built with sustainability at the forefront of its design, such as using hemp-based building materials, edible gardens and even beehives on-site. Bradford has won several awards for its...more