NI Hospice Certificate in Holistic Dementia Care

Northern Ireland Hospice

7 September – 18 November 2020

8 February – 14 April 2021

The majority of healthcare professionals working in hospitals, primary care facilities and the community are caring for patients who have dementia.

The NI Hospice Certificate in Holistic Dementia Care is a 10 week distance learning course for doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. It aims to promote effective person-centred care for patients with a dementia and support those who matter to them from diagnosis to bereavement.

The course commences with an introductory evening session, which can be attended via broadband link. It is estimated the course will require 10 hours of work per week. Participants will have access to the course handbook, online learning resources and an online support forum. There is a workshop on ‘Writing a Portfolio Case Study’; candidates may attend a face-to-face session or join via a broadband link.

Entry Requirements

In order to undertake the course, applicants must be working in a suitable practice setting, for example, in an acute hospital, nursing home, hospice or community setting and should have direct contact with patients.


The course handbook is divided into 13 sections, each covering the principles and practice for delivering optimal palliative and end-of-life care to patients with dementia. The key elements of dementia care explored throughout the course are:

  • The diagnosis, treatment and key characteristics of the different types of dementia
  • The provision of holistic dementia care and the role of palliative care
  • Communication with a patient with cognitive impairment
  • Effective assessment in dementia care
  • Management of Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms in Dementia
  • Management of holistic symptom needs
  • Caring for the Carers
  • End of Life Care
  • The ethical and legal implications of a diagnosis of dementia


Assessments include writing a portfolio case study demonstrating personal and professional reflection about the management of a patient with a dementia, and their palliative needs. There is also a written examination comprising of a multiple choice exam and short note questions in response to a video scenario. This will be completed at your chosen venue.

Cost :  £500

Here’s what past candidates thought of the course:

“As a nurse, I wish I’d done it when I first qualified …”

“The information was fantastic – not just the handbook, but the resources that we were signposted to.”

“It’s been a great resource – really cemented things that I’ve learned in the past, and I’ve learned a whole lot of things that I didn’t know. It’s been really useful.”

For more information and to book visit NI Hospice Certificate in Holistic Dementia Care

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