Development of a competency framework for a specialist dementia service

Smythe, A. and Jenkins, Catharine and Bentham, P. and Oyebode, J. (2014) Development of a competency framework for a specialist dementia service. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 9 (1). pp. 59-68. ISSN 17556228 (ISSN)

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to discuss the development of a competency framework for staff working in a specialist service for people with dementia. Design/methodology/approach: A qualitative and purposive methodology was used and included focus groups, questionnaires and interviews. Content analysis together with synthesis of literature was used to generate the competency framework. Findings: A competency framework was developed with eight main clusters. These were: skills for working effectively with people with dementia and their families; advanced assessment skills; enhancing psychological well-being; understanding behaviours; enhancing physical well-being; clinical leadership; understanding ethical and legal issues; and demonstrating skills in personal and professional development. Research limitations/implications: Further research is needed to include service user perspectives. Practical implications: The framework could be implemented in practice by managers, health care professionals and training providers as a tool to identify strengths and limitations in knowledge skills and attitudes and to identify areas for competency development through specific training. Originality/value: The competency framework contributes to the development of a training curriculum for staff working within a specialist service. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number:
April 2014Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: Competency, Dementia, Training
Subjects: CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-04 - nursing and midwifery > CAH02-04-01 - nursing (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (C-SHARR)
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2017 10:17
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 17:15

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