Dementia Link Worker

The Dementia Link Worker (DLW) provides a 'link' between theory and best practice, to provide support to other staff members and offer good practice through knowledge and skills, and link with other DLW's for peer support and sharing of ideas.

Dementia Link Worker - Profile of the Role

The Dementia Link Worker Course is now offered at BTEC Level 3 - estimated course study time required is 13 hours per unit.  please ensure your organisation is committed to proving support and resources required to under take this course.

This course is a bespoke learning opportunity designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of dementia and increase your confidence so that you can provide best practice examples and training in your workplace.  The course consists of 9 monthly workshops including a 2 day facilitation skills workshop & assessed presentation. You will also complete the City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Awareness of Dementia.

Feedback from the course assessor will be given via email &  as candidates will also need to access information on-line: computer access is strongly advisable.

You will also need to be confident in completing written assignments at this level. for more information please contact Sue Keane on sue.keane1@nhs.net or on 01242 634445

Who can be a dementia link worker?

A 'dementia link worker' (DLW) can be a registered or non-registered member of staff working within health & social care organisations. The award is also open to individuals supporting people with dementia in a voluntary capacity or as a member of the community.

What is required is a commitment to complete the educational pathway & to share knowledge with colleagues & peers.

A keen interest in the wellbeing of people with dementia is essential.

Why has this role been developed?

The Dementia Link Worker role is a crucial part of the Dementia Care Strategy for Gloucestershire to embed and sustain training into everyday practice & key to sustaining person centred care in health & social care settings.

  • To provide development of skills and knowledge.
  • Promote good practice to support people with dementia.
  • Promote the well-being and rights of people with dementia.
  • Provide opportunities for people who provide care to discuss best practice in relation to caring for people with dementia

What does a Dementia Link Worker do?

The DLW provides a 'link' between theory and practice which might include:

  • Linking with colleagues to signpost training opportunities i.e. those offered through the Gloucestershire multi-agency dementia training pathway.
  • Promoting and modelling good practice through knowledge and skills gained. Offering support and advice to colleagues appropriate to own role within the team (i.e. advice regarding communication skills)
  • Linking with others for support and advice.
  • Supporting initiatives which underpin quality care for the person with dementia .i.e. Living Well Handbook / recognition of pain in dementia initiative.
  • Providing awareness level training on completion of the 9 month DLW award using resources provided.
  • Linking with other DLWs for peer support and sharing of ideas.
  • Continue to develop & update own skills & knowledge in relation to Dementia.

Please note:

  • You must have a Dementia Lead in your place of work before you apply to become a Dementia Link Worker.
  • The organisers reserve the right to recoup course costs for non completion.
    lease discuss with facilitator if you cannot attend all dates.

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