Implementing the FITS into Practice (Focussed
Intervention Training and Support) programme in care settings for people with
dementia, complex needs and distressed behaviour.
University of Worcester is now running the first module to train professionals
to deliver the FITS (Focused Intervention Training and Support) programme which
is a proven way of effectively supporting staff in care settings to deliver
psycho-social care in response to complex needs and behaviours. It has a
strong evidence base demonstrating that effective
person-centred care can reduce the prescribing of anti-psychotic medications
for people living with dementia.
masters level module will equip participants to organise, prepare, deliver and
critically review the teaching and supervision elements of the FITS into
Practice programme in care settings. Course participants must have significant
experience of delivering training, education and professional development and
be in a position to deliver training and support to staff working in health and
module will prepare participants to:
- Deliver the training and
support components of the FITS into Practice programme within health and
- Apply the structured
recruitment process for participation, to ensure successful implementation
- Understand common barriers
and facilitators of implementation and how to work with these to maximise
double 40 credit module will take place over an academic year to enable
participants to deliver a FITS into Practice course as part of their learning.
It will take a blended learning approach, including 9 days face to face
teaching at Worcester over the year. However, the majority of learning will be
work based with support from the tutors.
module is an optional module within the MSc Advancing Practice.
What students say about the course
tutor – incredibly supportive and knowledgeable. Peer support + engaging with
others of a similar mind set.”
organised course with great facilitators. Pleased to have attended a programme
that fills the research practice gap.”
What students say about using their learning in
their care organisations
been delighted to see such a change in the first group that I have taught and
supervised. When they came to the information day prior to starting the
programme they were reserved, anxious and very quiet. Last week we completed
block 4 and it was wonderful to see the difference - a whole room of animated,
confident and motivated people who have already been able to put some of their
learning into practice.”
really enjoyed the course and it can only benefit the people we support. The
FITS programme pushes the boundaries of person centred care and really embeds
in the ethos of the home. Culture change is hard but with evidence provided
from the FITS programme it shows that we maintain dignity and value the people
we support by using pro-active techniques and see the person not the disability.”
How to apply
have any questions, please take a look at the frequently asked
for the module. This also explains how to apply. If you cannot find what you
are looking for, please contact us at email@example.com.
the course commences each year in the autumn, you are welcome to put in your
application at any time of the year. Applications should be made more than four
weeks before the first date of the course. Please see the flyer for planned dates.
course runs in three blocks of three days. This module is expected to run once
these dates there will be online learning and reading.
see the flyer for planned dates and
For more information
would like to discuss your training requirements or have any questions please
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From Abstract Research to Frontline Practice - film of University of Worcester Research Seminar on 12 December 2018
The impact of focused intervention, training and support (FITS) programme in care services for people with dementia, complex needs and distressed behaviour.