29th October 2015

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Skills for Health, Health Education England and Skills for Care today launch a comprehensive new resource to support health and social care staff and educators in England who work with people living with dementia and their carers.

Benefits of the new framework

The Dementia Core Skills Education and Training Framework sets out the essential skills and knowledge necessary for all staff involved in dementia care and will enable organisations to:

  • standardise the interpretation of dementia education and training
  • guide the focus and aims of dementia education and training delivery through key learning outcomes
  • ensure the educational relevance of dementia training
  • improve the quality and consistency of education and training provision.

The framework describes the core outcomes for dementia education and training including raising dementia awareness, knowledge and skills for those that have regular contact with people affected by dementia and knowledge and skills for those in leadership roles.

“We believe that use of the framework will result in an increased quality of care for people living with Dementia and their families.” - John Rogers

John Rogers, Chief Executive of Skills for Health comments: “This framework will ensure that when training and education is sought, duplication will be avoided and it will be clear what core skills and knowledge can be used across different clinical areas and care settings.

“The framework will also serve as a medium through which education and training can be evaluated in terms of outcomes in the workplace and the impact on positive results for people living with dementia, their families and carers. We believe that use of the framework will result in an increased quality of care for people living with Dementia and their families.”

Who is the Dementia Care Framework for?

The Framework is aimed at employers, their employees, educational commissioners and organisations that train students who will be employed in the range of health and care settings.

Commissioned and funded by the Department of Health the development of the framework was led by Skills for Health and Health Education England in partnership with Skills for Care and in collaboration with a number of key stakeholders and experts in Dementia Care.

Please download a copy of the framework here:

Dementia Core Skills Education and Training Framework

This framework builds on the existing Statutory/Mandatory and Clinical/Care core skills frameworks currently available from Skills for Health.

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Further information about these frameworks and tools to support organisations in aligning their training to the frameworks are available at:

Core Skills Frameworks

Skills for Health – Core Skills Elearning