SSSC resources for dementia care

Do you know about our resources for people working with people who have dementia?

We work with NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and other partners to make sure social service workers and health workers achieve the knowledge and skills they need for providing the best possible quality of care and support to people with dementia, their families and carers.

Here are our resources for dementia care.

Promoting Excellence

The dementia framework Promoting Excellence defines four levels of knowledge and skills which will help you identify learning needs and plan appropriate learning activities.

You can read more about how Promoting Excellence is being put into practice with positive outcomes for people with dementia and families here.

The SSSC Learning Zone

Whatever your role and level of experience, the SSSC Learning Zone has apps and resources to help you develop your knowledge and skills. These are all completely free and you can work through them at your own pace. Learning from the resources can contribute towards your post registration training and learning (PRTL) and employers can use our resources in their workplaces.

We have six specifically about dementia.

Dementia: Personal outcomes for people living with dementia

If you have regular contact with people who are living with dementia then this resource is worth looking at. It will provide you with a path to better understanding how social and emotional needs impact on wellbeing for people with dementia. Go to Dementia: Personal outcomes for people living with dementia

Dementia: Understanding dementia

This resource will help you feel more confident when working with people with dementia. With the right knowledge, you will be more informed and better placed to understand what life is like for the person with dementia and how to improve the quality of that life. Go to Dementia: Understanding dementia

Dementia: Understanding stress and distress

This resource will help you to understand what we mean by stress and distress, identify the factors which can contribute to people with dementia feeling stressed or/and distressed and improve your skills in working with people who experience this. Go to Dementia: Understanding stress and distress

Enhanced dementia practice for social workers

Do you work with people who live with dementia? This is an online resource to help social workers and other professionals implement the Promoting Excellence learning framework and the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland in their practice. Go to Enhanced dementia practice for social workers

Guidance to accompany Dementia Skilled – Improving Practice

The guidance will help support you to use Dementia Skilled – Improving Practice effectively, as a learner or as someone who supports the learning of others. The Dementia Skilled practice level is defined in Promoting Excellence as the level of knowledge and skills required by those workers who have ‘direct and/or substantial contact with people with dementia, their families and carers’. Go to Guidance to accompany Dementia Skilled – Improving Practice

Informed about dementia

Use these videos to become ‘informed about dementia’ and commit to making a positive difference for people living with dementia, their families and carers. Go to Informed about dementia


SSSC Open Badges

An Open Badge is a digital record of your achievements and skills. Why not get recognition for the things you learn and display your verified badges for others to see?

We currently have 139 Open Badges available. Here are some specifically relating to dementia.

RNIB sight loss and dementia top tips

This Open Badge is awarded to people who demonstrate awareness of RNIB’s top tips to support people living with dementia and sight loss. Go to RNIB sight loss and dementia top tips

Informed about dementia

Awarded to people who become ‘informed about dementia’ and commit to making a positive difference for people living with dementia, their families and carers. Go to Informed about dementia

Badges for tablet apps

We have badges for our three tablet apps. These involve more work than the badges above and the quality of evidence required is higher, so we expect you to apply for and be awarded the Writing evidence for Open Badge applications badge before you apply for any of the badges below.

Understanding dementia

This Open Badge is available to anybody working in social services who has used our Understanding Dementia app. Go to Understanding dementia

Dementia: understanding stress and distress

This Open Badge is available to anybody working in social services who has used our Dementia: Understanding Stress and Distress app. Go to Dementia: understanding stress and distress

Dementia: personal outcomes

This Open Badge is available to anybody working in social services who has used our Personal Outcomes for People Living With Dementia app.

Go to Dementia: personal outcomes

Visit SSSC Open Badges here.

Share your learning, join the Yammer community

Why not join SSSC Workforce Development Yammer to connect with colleagues across health and social care and share dementia learning activity. Follow this link to join www.yammer.com/workforcedevelopmentandplanning

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