9. Awareness of mental health, dementia and learning disability

Teaching Resources:

Skills for Care workbook – underpinning knowledge and principles for all health and social care workers.

The three workbooks are not essential to meeting the Care Certificate Standard 9. However, the three workbooks provide more detailed information, including the voice of the individual with the condition giving expert information on their experience and what good support looks like.

For staff supporting people with Mental Health issues, have a look at the website  Time to change.http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/

and the film ‘mental health in our own words’ from MIND


For staff supporting people living with dementia:

The Alzheimer’s Society runs 1 hour awareness sessions ‘Dementia Friends’

They also have a host of information on aspects of dementia ( not just Alzheimer’s)


and Social Care Institute for Excellence ( SCIE) dementia gateway:


For staff supporting people with learning disabilities, further information can be found at Mencap


or Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities


Assessment Resources:

Skills for Care workbook – questions to evidence your knowledge and understanding

(DCC – model answers are available in the County Wide Best Practice folder)

The three workbooks on learning disabilities, mental health and dementia are optional.

Observations – link to observations to evidence competence.