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Dementia (London). 2013 Jan;12(1):29-44. doi: 10.1177/1471301211416302. Epub 2011 Sep 20.

Dementia skills for all: a core competency framework for the workforce in the United Kingdom.

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Staffordshire University, UK.


One of the biggest challenges facing health and social care in the United Kingdom is the projected increase in the number of older people who require dementia care. The National Dementia Strategy (Department of Health, 2009) emphasizes the critical need for a skilled workforce in all aspects of dementia care. In the West Midlands, the Strategic Health Authority commissioned a project to develop a set of generic core competencies that would guide a competency based curriculum to meet the demands for improved dementia training and education. A systematic literature search was conducted to identify relevant frameworks to assist with this work. The core competency framework produced and the methods used for the development of the framework are presented and discussed.


competencies; dementia; development; framework; workforce

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