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Psychology and psychological interventions in Dementia

We provide educational resources and training for staff working at the Informed, Skilled, Enhanced and Expertise Practice Levels as outlined in Promoting Excellence: A framework for all health and social services staff working with people with dementia.

This framework was developed by NES and the Scottish Social Services Council to outline the knowledge and skills required of all staff who come into contact with people living with dementia, their families and carers, within their role.

Educational resources

Caring for a person living with FTD resource: a supportive series of resources for carers

An informed level resource to support staff caring for a person living with behavioural variant Frontotemporal Dementia (bvFTD). The series of resources aims to enhance understanding of FTD and how it can affect people, and to improve support for people living with FTD, their families and carers, to maximise independence and quality of life. The series consists of 6 individual booklets as well as 4 quick reference guides on key topics.

The resource is for staff involved in supporting people living with FTD and their families and caregivers, working across a range of different settings. It has been written in a way so that it can be given to family caregivers to use in their own time.

Promoting psychological wellbeing in people with dementia and their carers: An enhanced practice resource

Designed to enhance understanding of dementia from the psychological perspective and to enable application of learning to support people living with dementia, their families and carers. This resource is aimed at staff working at the Enhanced practice level as stipulated within the Promoting Excellence framework.

Responding to distress in dementia: a staff supported guide for carers

Aimed at improving the carer’s knowledge and understanding of distress in the person living with dementia, and how best to respond to this. In addition, the resource aims to assist the carer in learning how to identify and respond to their own distress. This resource is not designed to be given to carers as a standalone resource to work through without support, it is intended that this compliments the work that staff may undertake with carers as part of their existing role. Support and guidance from a healthcare professional is vital to the successful use of this resource.

This resource is also available to deliver as a group format. An 8 week programme has been developed to support health and social care staff in delivering a carers group specifically relating to responding to distress in dementia. Individual booklets are available which can be used within the group setting.

Cognitive Rehabilitation in Dementia: a learning resource for staff

  • Resource - the aim of this resource is to equip staff working at the Enhanced and/or Expertise Practice level to use specific skills and knowledge to guide them through the cognitive rehabilitation process.
  • Quick Start Guide – aimed to equip staff working at the Enhanced and/or Expertise practice level to use specific skills and knowledge to guide them through the cognitive rehabilitation process. A key purpose of this guide is to facilitate and support the development of core skills related to embedding and implementing cognitive rehabilitation interventions within routine clinical practice.
  • Mobile app – this educational resource aims to facilitate the development of core skills related to supporting and implementing cognitive rehabilitation interventions. The app is available on iPhone and Android devices and complements the physical learning resource and twice-yearly workshops delivered by NES Psychology.

Training programmes

Essentials in psychological care – dementia

This dementia skilled practice level training supports the development of key skills, knowledge and competencies for staff to engage in proactive approaches to prevent distressed behaviour arising in a person living with dementia.

Training for Trainers – staff wishing to become a trainer in Essentials in Psychological Care – Dementia can attend the training for trainers one day training event. It is essential that staff have already attended a one-day local Essentials practitioner training or the two-day local Psychological Interventions in Response to Stress and Distress in Dementia training (i.e., Stress & Distress Practitioner) and have consolidated their learning into clinical practice.

Coaching workshop for trainers – this workshop is for those who have previously attended the Essentials in Psychological Care – Dementia Training for Trainers programme and are currently delivering training in their local area. The workshop aims to encourage attendees to reflect on key components linked to the transition of learning into practice enabling attendees of their own events to embed learning within their own working practice.

Psychological interventions in response to stress & distress in dementia

This training programme aims to improve the experience, care, treatment and outcomes for people with dementia, their families and carers by providing training in an individualised, formulation driven approach to understanding and intervening in stress and distressed behaviours in people with dementia. This training programme is aimed at those working at the Enhanced and/or Expertise practice level.

Training for Trainers – staff can attend this two-day training programme to develop and enhance skills to deliver training in their local area. It is essential that staff have already attended a two-day local Psychological Interventions in Response to Stress & Distress in Dementia training event (i.e., they are a Stress & Distress Practitioner) and are able to provide evidence they have consolidated their learning into clinical practice.

Coaching workshop for trainers - this workshop is for those who have previously attended the Psychological Interventions in Response to Stress and Distress in Dementia Training for Trainers programme. The workshop aims to encourage attendees to reflect on key components linked to the transition of learning into practice enabling attendees of their own events to embed learning within their own working practice.

Cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) workshop

CST represents a combination of the most effective nonpharmacological interventions for dementia and has been extensively evaluated using large-scale, multi-centre randomised controlled trial methodology across 23 centres, including residential care homes and social care day centres (Spector et al, 2003).

Cognitive rehabilitation in dementia workshop

Aimed to update knowledge on cognition and cognitive impairment relating to different types of dementia, to gain a good understanding of the key principles of Cognitive Rehabilitation in Dementia and to learn about the different steps involved in Cognitive Rehabilitation. This workshop has been designed for staff working at Enhanced and/or Expertise practice level as stipulated within the Promoting Excellence framework to support the application of Cognitive Rehabilitation strategies in a consistent and evidenced-based way. Staff must be currently working within Older People Mental Health Services (Community or Inpatient) or Young Onset Dementia Services or Social Care settings and are already using Cognitive Rehabilitation strategies in their working practice.

ACE-III trainer

The ACE-III Trainer is an online training programme designed to help staff administer the Addenbrookes Cognitive Examination - Third Edition (ACE-III). This Programme provides NHS staff with knowledge, practical examples and exercises in using the ACE-III, giving NHS staff the opportunity to become familiar with administering the ACE-III prior to clinical experience.

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Acces the ACE-III online training programme.

Contact us

For more information, please contact: psychology@nes.scot.nhs.uk

 


Last updated: 27/09/2020

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