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Stand By Me - Dementia (Free e-learning course)

Improve communication and care for people with dementia across the patient journey, from pre-diagnosis through to care at home, emergency care, hospital admission, care home admission and end of life care.


The course incorporates six video dramatisations across different settings. Learners can follow Maggie and Mick as Maggie receives a diagnosis of dementia, gets help at home and moves into a residential care home. They can then follow Marty and Mary, and Marty’s family, as he receives emergency medical care, stays on an acute hospital ward and nears the end of his life.

Each of the video dramatisations is embedded in a set of reflective questions based on the VIPS Framework, giving the learners the opportunity to reflect on their own practice, the challenges they face in their roles and the practice within their organisations.

Additional video content is included from professionals across a range of health and social care settings, and from families of people living with dementia. It includes detailed factual information on personcentred care, the nature and different types of dementia and the different ways the symptoms of dementia can be managed.

Course content

  • Session 1 - Introduction to Stand by Me
  • Session 2 - Good communication and person-centred care
  • Session 3 - Primary care
  • Session 4 - Home care
  • Session 5 - Moving to residential care
  • Session 6 - Emergency services
  • Session 7 - Primary care
  • Session 8 - End of life
  • Session 9 - Factual information on dementia
  • Session 10 - Assessment


1 hour 35 mins approx

What will learners get out of it?

An understanding of how to support people with dementia by developing good communication and person-centred care in their own practice, within teams and within organisations.

Who is the course for?

All healthcare Staff.

Sessions 1, 2, 9 and 10 are compulsory.

Sessions 3-8 are role specific and learners should complete the session that most closely represents their field of health or social care.


The course is followed by a multiple choice assessment with a pass mark of 80%. Progress can be tracked by managers and learners can keep a certificate of completion for CPD.

Accreditations & Endorsements

This course was developed with the Association for Dementia Studies at Worcester University, Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Heart of Worcester College at Bromsgrove, Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust and Skills for Care.

How to access this course

If you have a NHS email address, please click here to register for an account. When selecting from the options under "Please select your region followed by your trust", choose NHSCLU to access the Stand By Me free e-learning course.

If you do not have a NHS email address, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0844 770 3770 to request an account. (lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm).

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