This module will be held weekly: one week online, and one week face to face in DCU or in your regional centres; this format of blended learning has been influenced by two educational needs analyses. One is on our website and another that the HSE carried out. Both called for flexible approaches to learning, and echo DCU’s digital learning commitment.

Please refer to our Technology Support page for more information on the online element of your course.


The content of your course is divided into six topics, and its aim, as stated in your module descriptor is:

“to critically appraise person-centred care of people with dementia and their carers and to enable health professionals to develop skills that enhance a culture of personhood”.

Before you start

Before you start your course of studies next week, we encourage you to register with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (Link to registration page: and to look through the many topics and resources that they offer. 

Study time

This module requires a large number of hours of personal study, guided by your online section.  It is a serious commitment in terms of time and personal dedication, and we hope our previous Champions will inspire you with their presentations.

John Coleman’s Project

John’s change project with the Dementia Champions course in DCU was on the Importance of Friendship for People with Dementia.

Mary Moylan’s Project

Mary’s project was on Person Centred Approaches to Fluid Intake for Service Users with an Intellectual Disability and Dementia.

Study skills

A very important element of the course will be the use of critical thinking, which you will be required to apply to your study and assignments at all times.  Please look at the resources below to familiarise yourself with the concept of critical thinking.

Creative and Critical Guide