PDA in Promoting Excellence in Dementia Skilled Practice

Course Overview:

The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Promoting Excellence in Dementia Skilled Practice is 26 SCQF credits, 16 for the HN unit and 10 for the SVQ units at level 7.  It is an SQA qualification for people working with those who have dementia, their families and carers. The qualification is designed to improve professional practice, contribute to meeting the registration requirements of the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), and provide continuous professional development for employees.

The target audience for the PDA in Dementia includes the following groups will include those affected by the requirements of the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) register. Examples of the job roles candidates might currently hold include: Social Care Support Workers, Health Care Support Workers, Social Care Practitioners. Candidates will come from a broad range of job roles that includes those caring for and supporting people with a diagnosis of dementia, their families and carers. Candidates who have already undertaken an SQA qualification, for example the SVQ in Health and Social Care level 2 or 3, HNC in Health or Social Care, will be well placed to undertake this award for job specific training or for the purposes of CPD.

To gain the Award, candidates must complete the following 3 units:-

  • FY1D 34    Promoting quality of life through dementia skilled practice
  • FY1E 34    Promoting relationships and networks through dementia skilled practice
  • H5TV 04   Support individuals to identify and promote their own health and social well-being

You will enhance your dementia knowledge including gaining a deeper awareness of the dementia journey.

This award will give you more confidence when working with dementia, it will give you a range of transferable skills which will enable you to meet changing circumstances and patterns in your workplace. It will meet the needs of your continuing personal development and it will also give you an excellent qualification which is documentary proof of your knowledge and competence in this area and a great addition to your CV.

The award is taught through a mixture of independent and guided learning. This means you must be able to attend a half day workshop in our training centre once a fortnight for a minimum of 5-6 sessions. In between these sessions you will have some research/study/assignment work. Assessment is ongoing and will take the form of written reflective accounts and observation in the workplace. This award should take no more than 3-4 months but this depends on the amount of time a candidate is willing/able to spend on the work.

Course Cost: For costs call 01387 249111

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