Welcome to the certificated Supporting Derek – Intellectual Disability and Dementia e-learning course

What is the course about?

The course covers ten topics:

  • Introduction to intellectual disability and dementia
  • Understanding behaviour
  • Developing supportive and meaningful environments
  • Responding to pain
  • Effective communication
  • Meaningful activities
  • When a friend of relative has dementia
  • Nutrition and hydration
  • Night-time care
  • Palliative care

You will have access to a DVD showing a short drama to highlight examples of good and inappropriate care, plus reflections from professionals and people with an intellectual disability. This highlights core issues relating to the support of people with an intellectual disability and dementia.

How will I benefit from the course?

Each topic in the course will encourage you to think about your practice and develop new skills around each individual, rather than expecting the individual to fit the service.

The e-learning course aims to equip staff and volunteers with the confidence and knowledge to provide a high quality of care and to think about the provision of social care based on the reality of the person with dementia. You will be supported to understand the importance of people with an intellectual disability and dementia:

  • Having choice and control over the support and services they receive.
  • Maintaining independence and friendships for as long as possible.
  • Remaining in their own accommodation if appropriate.

Is there an assessment?

At the end of the course there is a short assessment, consisting of eight questions, based on the information that you will have seen and read. Answers cannot be saved and all questions must be completed at the same time, but you have up to a month to prepare for this. You may retake the assessment as many times as you wish in order to answer each question correctly.

Successful completion of the assessment will result in the automatic generation of your certificate for printing or saving to your computer.

Who is the course for?

This pack has been produced for staff and volunteers who work with:

  • People who have an intellectual disability and dementia
  • People who have an intellectual disability and are at risk of developing dementia in the future.

Your work may be undertaken in a range of care settings:

  • residential settings
  • individuals’ homes (living alone, with family or with friends)
  • hospitals
  • supported housing facilities
  • respite facilities
  • community settings

The content will be of benefit to allied health professionals, such as speech and language therapists, opticians, podiatrists, occupational therapists and art or music therapists. Although not specifically written for family carers, it will provide them with vital information and practical advice.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the course is £50 per person.

If you represent an organisation and wish to book more than 20 places please contact dementia@nulled.ac.uk

Please note that the course fee is non refundable.

How can I pay?

To pay by credit or debit card please click here.

After submitting your payment please allow up to 48 hours to receive an e-mail with your password and log on details.

If you require an invoice to be sent to your employer please click here

After submitting the invoice request form please allow up to 48 hours to receive an e-mail with your password and log on details.

You can change your password if you wish after you have logged on by selecting Lost Your Password? from the login screen. Your allocated time of four weeks begins when you are given access, not when you request an invoice.