In this assignment please refer back to the following learning outcomes, and aim to demonstrate ability and skill across them in your submission:
Create effective partnerships with carers and families
Engage with and promote a relationship-centred approach to assessment
Designing a Family support Intervention
In this module we have shifted our focus beyond people with dementia. We have critically considered how caregiving impacts on the wellbeing of the caregiver, people experiencing the condition and in particular the relationship between them.
For this assignment, you are asked to design a six-week course to support the wellbeing of family carers of people living with dementia in your local area. We would like to see a coherent six-week, inclusive programme of activities for carers of people living with dementia.
It is important you are able to identify the aims of the group (and the theoretical reasoning that underpins these). Additionally, because carers are not a homogeneous group, you need to determine who it is you are aiming the course at and its key purpose or aims.
What do you think the barriers to attendance might be and how are you likely to advertise the group to potential attendees?
What methods will you use to evaluate the success of the group, and what will happen when the six-week course is finished?
As you decide upon the aims of your course and your chosen activities, please ensure you are drawing upon the research evidence about carers’ needs, and interventions that have been designed and tested for them. You can also draw upon your own experiences of what works and does not work.
Please include the following information:
Name of the group
The overall aim(s) of the group. This should link to the evidence base around the needs for carers. Please include reference to research and theories (such as stress-coping) to justify your aims.
Who the group is for (any inclusion and exclusion criteria and why)
Any potential barriers to attending the group and how you might try to overcome these
How will you advertise the group?
What you will cover in each of the six weekly sessions? Give each week a title and an aim, and tell us about what you will cover. Please include references from research to evidence why you are including this topic / element and how it will help carers. For example, Week 4 will focus on self-care because the research demonstrates carers often overlook their own care needs (reference).
How will you evaluate the group in order to know if it has been successful? What measures will you use? Ensure the measures you select are linked to the aims of your group. Is there any other data you might collect along the way?
You have 2,000 words for the assignment. There is no requirement to set the work out in a standard ‘essay style’ of continuous prose. You may use the subheadings above to structure your work. You might like to be creative and make a handbook or manual for the group.However, please ensure all the areas above are covered as these are what you will be assessed on – this includes any rationale behind your choices of activity.
Linking Theory to Practice
Linking theory to practice is a key professional skill. As practitioners we should be ensuring the training, care and support we offer people is grounded in current and up-to-date evidence.
In order to demonstrate this skill in relation to this assignment you should:
Search the evidence base around interventions.
Select and reference credible studies.
Interpret the evidence from a number of studies and use it to select and shape the activities in your course.
Provide a rationale for your overall approach and selection of activities.
Ensure your course has an evaluation method built in.
Please carefully read the University guidelines on how to present and submit an assignment. It is important that you reference using the Harvard system and follow the correct presentation guidelines – the full guide to Harvard referencing can be found in the Student Hub.
Submit work in Calibri, 12pt with 1.5 line spacing.
Insert a covering page with your student number, assignment title and word count.
Avoid use of direct quotes – these can eat into your word count and generally just offer a description or definition, whereas you need to present analysis and synthesis.
Word count for assignments includes everything you have written, excluding the reference list.
Do not use abbreviations in your assignments.
Avoid use of acronyms – if you do use them, ensure the first use of each one also provides an initial explanation, for example, WHO (World Health Organisation).
Proofread your work carefully before submission to ensure clarity and consistency.
Ensure you pay close attention to these assignment guidelines, answering what has been asked of you and checking you are meeting the learning outcomes for the module – marks can easily be lost, particularly with incorrect referencing.