The Dementia Competency Framework supports staff to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to provide high quality dementia care. It distinguishes the different competencies needed across three steps from basic awareness to specialist knowledge and skills.
Employers can use this framework for:
- Identifying training needs
- Developing job descriptions
- Commissioning, designing and delivering training
- Informing supervision and appraisal
- Informing service redesign
- Demonstrating skill mix and competence within a performance framework
- Demonstrating competence and competence levels in practice
This dementia competency framework has built on and expanded the ‘Common Core Principles for supporting people with Dementia’ which describes how staff should behave in responding to a person with dementia.
The framework offers a stepped model alongside the dementia care learning pathway and distinguishes the different competencies needed across three steps from basic awareness to specialist knowledge and skills. The framework has also been mapped against suggested national occupational standards. If you are considering accreditation with your dementia education the current qualification and credit framework units for dementia are included at the back.