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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsCHRISTOPHER WAGSTAFF: Hello, my name is Chris Wagstaff. I'm a senior lecturer in mental health nursing. I worked in the field both clinically and academically for over 25 years. Here, at Birmingham, we have proudly taught generations of student nurses about the importance of providing high quality care for all patients. But in particular, we recognise the needs of working effectively with older adults who have dementia.

Skip to 0 minutes and 26 secondsNUTMEG HALLETT: Hi, my name is Nutmeg Hallett. I'm a lecturer in mental health nursing and a postdoctoral researcher within the risk of abuse and violence research programme in the School of Nursing, here at the University of Birmingham. Chris and I are involved in a number of research projects focusing on issues in mental health care. For the next three weeks, we'll explore some of the behaviours that can cause problems for the cares of people with dementia and how they can be understood and managed. We'll be exploring how a person centred approach can help you understand the person you're caring for.

Skip to 0 minutes and 58 secondsAnd how this will help you provide care in a way that removes or reduces some of the behaviours that you might find challenging.

Skip to 1 minute and 4 secondsCHRISTOPHER WAGSTAFF: The provision of high quality mental health care is not necessarily about specific interventions. Much of mental health care is about having good interpersonal skills, supportive attitude, and the ability to look at challenging situations from different perspectives. In this course, we'll be using the case study of Peter, a resident in a nursing home. Through videos, articles, and your discussions, you will learn about ways of managing a variety of behaviours in different settings.

Skip to 1 minute and 29 secondsNUTMEG HALLETT: Throughout this course, we hope that you'll learn from each other. We recognise the wealth of experience that each of you brings. As course instructors, Chris and I will moderate the group discussions. But the course is designed to allow participants to engage and learn from each other's experiences.

Introduction to the course

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Course leaders: Dr Chris Wagstaff, Nutmeg Hallett

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Dementia: Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviour

University of Birmingham