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Understanding Medicines in Dementia Distance Learning Workbook

The accredited distance learning course you need to understand the medicines prescribed to people living with dementia.


About This Course

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  • Course Information
  • Accreditation
  • Pricing

Course Information

This accredited course is available as an interactive self-study distance learning workbook. On completion of the course, you will have a good understanding of:

  • The types and causes of dementia
  • The medicines used in the management of dementia
  • When to use PRN (when required) medicines
  • Your responsibilities

All courses include engaging activities, exercises and case studies.

Course Content

  • What is dementia?
  • Types of dementia- Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, mixed dementia, Lewy body dementia, fronto-temporal dementia
  • Symptoms of dementia
  • How is dememtia diagnosed?
  • Aims of treatment following diagnosis
  • Medicines used in dementia
  • Medicines used for Alzheimer’s Disease- donepezil, rivastigmine, galantamine, memantine
  • Medicines used for vascular dementia
  • Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)
  • Medicines used to manage BPSD
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Antipsychotics, antidepressants and anticonvulsants
  • Side effects
  • When required (PRN) medicines
  • General principles for administering PRN medicines
  • Dementia and sleep disorders
  • Medicines to help with sleep
  • Mental capacity and covert administration of medicines.

This course is:

  • Accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Developed by qualified Pharmacist trainers
  • Compliant with CQC requirements
  • Evidenced by a certificate of successful completion
Remember to check out our free downloadable resources.


Distance Learning Workbook

£15 per workbook We offer the following discounted prices: £12.50 per workbook for orders of 10 workbook packs or more. £10 per workbook for orders of 100 workbook packs or more. *Prices excluding postage. No VAT charged.


How long do the courses take?

Most of our face to face courses are half day (3-hour) sessions with a qualified Pharmacist trainer at your venue. Some supplementary courses, such as buccal midazolam & epilepsy or Epipen & adrenaline auto-injector administration, are 2-hour sessions.Our Foundation e-learning courses take between 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. Competency Assessments and Refresher courses take approximately 1 hour and Bite-size courses take approximately 30 minutes. Our distance learning workbooks can be completed in your own time and at your own pace.

Are Opus courses accredited?

Yes! All of our courses and services are accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).This is what the RPS said about Opus:
“By being accredited as a Royal Pharmaceutical Society training provider, Opus Pharmacy Services has demonstrated that it meets our recognised quality standards and provides the benchmark for the healthcare teams it supports…”

Where do courses take place?

Face to face sessions are held at your venue, providing extra convenience for your staff. We have Pharmacist trainers across the UK so no region is too remote or too far!E-learning courses are completed online and can be used on any internet-enabled device, including Macs, PCs and Ipads. Distance Learning Workbooks are posted promptly to an address of your choosing. Larger order can be couriered to you or sent recorded delivery.

How many people can attend a Face to Face course?

Our face to face courses are for small groups of up to 10 learners or we can provide training for larger groups of up to 16- whichever works for you!Manager’s courses are undertaken in smaller groups of up to 10 delegates.

When do I get my certificate?

For e-learning courses- straight away! Once you’ve successfully completed the end of course assessment, you will be able to print off your certificate immediately.For our face to face courses, the trainer will mark your assessments and all successful delegates will receive their certificate via email following the training, usually within 7 days. With distance learning, simply pop your completed assessment in the post or scan it in and email it to us for marking and your certificate will be emailed to you for you to print off and keep.

How long does my certificate last for?

For most courses, certificates have a recommended refresher of 2 years.Skills for Care guidance recommends that training be updated at least annually and Opus offers online competency assessments which can be used a year after your training for this purpose and refresher courses which can be completed when your certificate expires.

How do I get set up for E-learning?

Simply purchase through our shop! Once we’ve received your details, you will receive an email with login details from our support team. Follow the instructions and you’re ready to go!If you are purchasing more than one licence for an organisation, you may want to assign someone from your organisation to issue passwords to your staff and to print certificates. This person will be termed as a group "manager/instructor”. Provide the instructor’s name and email during checkout and they will receive all login details they need by email.

How many E-learning licences do I need and how long do they last?

Each individual learner needs their own licence. Licences last 1 year from the date they are allocated to a user (NOT from the date of purchase) so if you have staff you will need to train in the future, you can purchase a bundle of licences to take advantage of our discounted rates and allocate them to staff as and when they are needed.

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