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SCiE’s Dementia awareness e-learning course

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Intended audience group: 1, 2, 3, 5

All non-regulated frontline staff working in health and social care including:

  • activities workers
  • assistant practitioners
  • care assistants
  • carers
  • day care assistants
  • domiciliary care workers
  • healthcare support workers
  • homecare workers
  • maternity support workers
  • nursing assistants
  • personal assistants
  • reablement assistants
  • residential care workers
  • senior homecare workers
  • support workers
  • volunteers
  • and other health or care assistant-related roles
Intended Audience Group
Aims and Objectives

The course (updated May 2019)  seeks to improve the wellbeing and experience of people with dementia and of the care staff working with them. It should improve your confidence in managing situations you find challenging.

The e-learning course aims to raise the awareness and skills of care staff who work with people with dementia. It aligns with Tier 1 of the National Dementia Training Standards Framework, (updated 2018) which is a requirement for all staff working in social care. It will also allow you to collect evidence towards the relevant section of the Care Certificate.

Course content

  • What is dementia?
  • Living well with dementia
  • Talking to people who are living with dementia

Learning outcomes

  • Explain what is meant by the term ‘dementia’
  • Discuss the signs and symptoms of dementia
  • Differentiate dementia from other similar conditions
  • Explain why early diagnosis is important
  • Discuss what people can do to reduce their risk of developing dementia
  • Explain what is involved in ‘living well’
  • Discuss the importance of recognising what’s important to people
  • Discuss how dementia affects the person, their family and our wider society
  • Understand how to communicate effectively and compassionately with individuals who have dementia
  • Understand why a person with dementia might show signs of distress
  • Begin to respond effectively to people with dementia who have different communication needs


Bedford Borough, BLMK, Central Bedfordshire, Luton Borough, Milton Keynes,
Frequency / Length
Average 30 minutes
Resource / Organisation
Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
Training delivered by:
Cost, Funded or Free