Promoting Excellence in Dementia Skilled Practice PDA

Course code 98L5

What is special about this course?

The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Award 'Promoting Excellence in Dementia Skilled Practice' has been designed to specifically reflect the knowledge and skills required by all staff working with people with dementia, their families and carers.

The award is aimed at health and social care support workers or practitioners, and is particularly suited to staff who already hold an approved care qualification.

Special features

  • You will receive an award that is recognised by care agencies
  • You will develop a breadth of skills and knowledge identified by Nurse Education Scotland and Scottish Social Services Council as required by staff working in this area
  • Studying online, allows you to fit your studies round work and personal commitments
  • You will be supported by a Personal Academic Tutor

Entry requirements

  • SVQ 3 Care or
  • NC or HNC Social Care or
  • Nursing qualifications or equivalent
  • Candidates without formal entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and will be asked to complete a piece of written work to ensure they can work at the level required for this course
  • Candidates need to have current appropriate experience in working with people with dementia. You must also have access to a computer with the ability to develop skills in online learning, assessing website material and word processing of assignments

Year 1 - PDA

  • Promoting quality of life through dementia skilled practice
  • Promoting relationships and networks through dementia skilled practice
  • Support individuals to identify and promote their own health and social well-being (SVQ unit)

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

This course is work-based and therefore will have limited changes to the delivery for 2021-22. You will work with your assessor to develop your e-portfolio. You will also have a face to face or online induction at the start of the course. The required work-based observations by your assessor will be conducted when it is possible and safe to do so, following Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing, most likely towards the end of the course. It will be possible to extend the length of the course to accommodate this element. The theory elements may be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff.
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Part-time (structured)
  • The award is delivered online, with high quality, fully interactive learning materials. You will also be assessed on your actual work practice in the workplace. This includes reflective accounts and direct observation by an assessor.

How long will my course last?

  •  Part-time: 1 year

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Perth College UHI
  • Shetland UHI

Start date

  • September


For information on costs of this course please contact the campus where you wish to study.


External scholarships and financial support, such as an Individual Training Account, may be available. Please contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This award is designed to provide the knowledge and skills identified by the Nurse Education Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council in Promoting Excellence: A framework for health and social services staff working with people with dementia, their families and carers. The award provides continuing professional development for staff working in this area and will help to enhance employment opportunities

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2022

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