Challenging Dementia: Preparing the Workforce. Teresa Moore – Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Claire Brewis – Principal Lecturer in Occupational Therapy April 2014. Approach taken across the School of Health & Social Care:
Teresa Moore – Senior Lecturer in Mental Health
Claire Brewis – Principal Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
Underpinned by the requirements of professional, regulatory and statutory bodies and have regular input from practice colleagues to influence curriculum content
Begin with promoting an understanding of self-awareness – what values and
attitudes do individual students
hold as future therapists?
(inter-personal / group / team working)
Specific to occupational practice and dementia: what values and
-Assessment of daily living and standardised assessment e.g. LACLS
-Treatment interventions e.g. working on memory and maintaining a sense of who one is (reminiscence, memory boxes, maintaining activities)
-Interventions in the home e.g. tele-care
Against a backdrop of the person becoming cared for in a different way and becoming less verbal.
The importance of learning and teaching taking place in both the University and practice placements – practice is the place where they can apply skills and theory
and learn new and developing
specialist skills from practice