Maudsley Masterclass- Prevention and management of behavioural and psychological symptoms in dementia

Course outline:
People with dementia often have other physical health problems and may find themselves in hospital. This course will provide some simple practical advice on two key aspects of care to help general hospital staff make their journey through acute care safer and more comfortable.

1. The management of physical health medication to reduce the risk of delirium and avoid making cognitive impairment any worse. The course will cover the effects of physical health drugs on cognition and introduce ways in which pharmacists, doctors, and nursing staff can work together to provide evidence-based drug treatment without affecting the persons memory and thinking.

2. How to prevent and manage distressing symptoms in people with dementia in the general hospital setting.

Target groups:
The course is suitable for general hospital nursing staff, trainee general hospital doctors, allied health professionals, and pharmacists looking after people with dementia. It is delivered at Tier 2 and 3 level of the Health Education England (HEE) Dementia Training Standards and is aligned to the NICE Clinical Guidelines on Dementia
Training methods employed on the course:
We will use case studies and interactive sessions to make the course memorable and enjoyable. We will ensure participants go away with a set of practical skills and a knowledge base which will have a direct and positive impact on the patients they care for .
General information:
The course will also cover the following topics:
- Definitions of distressed behaviour and behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia
- The stepped care approach for assessment and treatment of BPSD
- Conditions and medications that can cause BPSD
- Other influences on BPSD
- The unmet needs model of BPSD
- Communication approaches for BPSD
- Other psychosocial interventions
- Evidence for medication use in BPSD and the associated adverse effects
Course aims:
What you will learn from taking this course:
- Implement the stepped care approach for assessment and treatment of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD)
- Identify conditions and medications that can worsen cognitive impairment and BPSD
- Describe different psychosocial interventions for BPSD
- Practice communication approaches that help prevent and reduce BPSD
- Demonstrate awareness of the evidence for medication use in BPSD and the associated adverse effects
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