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Dementia Core Skills Education and Training Framework

Skills for Health and Health Education England (in partnership with Skills for Care) were pleased to be commissioned by the Department of Health to develop a core skills education and training framework for the workforce supporting and caring for people living with dementia. The Framework supports workforce development, building upon the original objectives of the National Dementia Strategy and specific to implementation of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia and HEE Mandate.

The Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia highlights key aims for the transformation of dementia care, support and research by 2020. The Core Skills Education and Training Framework will help to achieve these aims by supporting the development and delivery of appropriate and consistent dementia education and training for the health and care workforce.During the course of developing the Framework, we have applied the best of the available evidence throughout the treatment and care journey; from individual’s own home into hospital as inpatients, and from primary care and community into care homes. We have taken into account the particular needs of the social care workforce and have matched the core learning outcomes of the Framework to the various care workforce groups and the Regulated Qualifications Framework.

We are confident that this framework will help guide a more efficient and consistent approach to the delivery of dementia training and education. It will help to prevent unnecessary duplication of training by setting out the core skills and knowledge that are transferable and applicable across different types of service provision. It includes expected learning outcomes for training delivery, key policy and legal references and is aligned to related national occupational standards. The framework will also serve as a medium through which education and training can be measured in terms of positive outcomes for people living with dementia, their families and carers.