POSADEM: The development of a Pan-European Masters Degree in dementia

Authors: Collier, E., Heaslip, V. and Martinz, H.

Start date: 18 September 2014

Around 9.9 million people in Europe have dementia and its impact on the physical psychological and economical health of families makes it a public health priority (WHO & Alzheimer’s Disease International, 2012). There is poor understanding in most countries and lack of training and education, which can lead to nihilistic attitudes, stigma and abuse (De Lepeleire et al., 2008; WHO, 2011). The European Commission has called for a systematic approach for improving professional awareness of dementia, as high quality inter-professional services require an educated workforce (Hall et al., 2011). One contribution to this is POSADEM (positive about dementia), a pan European project working towards developing a master’s degree in dementia based on a human rights approach, to be launched in Sept. 2016. The project is funded by the European Life Long learning programme and is a partnership between six universities: University of Salford (lead) (UK), Carinthian University of Applied Sciences (Austria), Dublin City University (Ireland), Maastricht University (Netherlands), Saimaa University of Applied Sciences (Finland) and Bournemouth University (UK). This poster will describe the structure of pan European team working, outlining the seven work packages that make up the project; this includes mapping reports, quality assurance measures, stakeholder involvement and distance learning plans. It will also share experience of this process and progress to date.

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