Learning resources for medical students and trainees

We've collated a number of learning resources for medical students and trainees in old age psychiatry.

How to use these learning resources

These learning resources are for medical students as well as trainee doctors.

There will be a core set of case-based learning modules and a set of Powerpoint/video tutorials (some still in development) that cover the key aspects of old age psychiatry. Either or both can be used to serve as key learning resources for medical students and as learning/revision for FY, GPVTS and CT doctors.

Other resources are there to provide a wider view of the specialty and will be useful for trainee doctors; medical students may want to dip into these resources depending on their interests and or to help them better understand what they have seen during their placement.

The advanced reading references will be most relevant for Core Trainees during their Old Age Psychiatry placements but may be relevant for medical students and other trainees with a special interest in the area.

The case-based learning modules have been designed to be facilitated by a tutor. Students without access to a tutor might wish to download the tutor versions of the CBLs so that they can work through them independently, using the other learning resources provided or listed.

These resources have been quickly collated because of the need to support students and trainees with remote learning, and will be improved and developed over time. If you have any suggestions or would like to contribute to the resources yourself please contact Dr Jo Rodda via kitti.kottasz@rcpsych.ac.uk.


Web resources

Top tips: Diagnosis and management of common mental health problems in older people

YouTube channels with freely available bite-sized general and older adult psychiatry videos for medical students



The Mental Capacity Act and assessing capacity

A Guide to Mental Capacity Assessment

Mental Capacity Act 2005 at a glance

Advanced reading

Sajatovic M, Strejilevich SA, Gildengers AG, et al. A report on older-age bipolar disorder from the International Society for Bipolar Disorders Task Force. Bipolar Disord. 2015;17(7):689-704. doi:10.1111/bdi.12331


Advanced reading

Tampi RR, Young J, Hoq R, Resnick K, Tampi DJ. Psychotic disorders in late life: a narrative reviewTher Adv Psychopharmacol. 2019;9:2045125319882798. Published 2019 Oct 16. doi:10.1177/2045125319882798

Dementia-specific resources

Powerpoint tutorial

An assessment for dementia

Case based learning: difficulties remembering


Brief video tutorial for revision of dementia types on PsychStudent (6:49) 

Finding Patience: The later years. Person-centred care in dementia (length 14:48)

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) videos about many different aspects of dementia care 

Websites and apps

A Walk Through Dementia is a unique app for Android smartphones that’s designed to put you in the shoes of someone living with dementia. You can also view in a web browser if you do not have access to an android smartphone.

The butterfly scheme system of hospital care for people living with dementia.

If you haven’t already, why not become a dementia friend?

Advanced reading

Arvanitakis Z, Shah RC, Bennett DA. Diagnosis and Management of Dementia: Review. JAMA. 2019;322(16):1589-1599. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.4782

Staffaroni AM, Elahi FM, McDermott D, et al. Neuroimaging in Dementia. Semin Neurol. 2017;37(5):510-537. doi:10.1055/s-0037-1608808

 Harvey PD. Clinical applications of neuropsychological assessment. Dialogues Clin Neurosci. 2012;14(1):91-99.

 Medications for the cognitive symptoms of dementia: Rodda J, Carter J. Cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine for symptomatic treatment of dementia. BMJ. 2012;344:e2986. Published 2012 May 1. doi:10.1136/bmj.e2986

Summary of 2018 NICE dementia guideline: Pink Joshua, O’Brien John, Robinson Louise, Longson Damien. Dementia: assessment, management and support: summary of updated NICE guidance. BMJ. 2018; 361 :k2438

DoH dementia practice primer


Osmosis YouTube learning channel (8:53) 

Advanced reading

Scheltens P, Blennow K, Breteler MM, et al. Alzheimer's disease. Lancet. 2016;388(10043):505-517. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)01124-1


Diagnosis and management of vascular dementia, recorded UCLA webinar (22:32)

Advanced reading

O'Brien JT, Thomas A. Vascular dementia. Lancet. 2015;386(10004):1698-1706. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00463-8

Powerpoint tutorial

A change in personality and behaviour


FTD Talk: useful summary page about  fronto-temporal dementia (FTD) and more general FTD information on other parts of the site

Advanced reading

Convery R, Mead S, Rohrer JD. Review: Clinical, genetic and neuroimaging features of frontotemporal dementia. Neuropathol Appl Neurobiol. 2019;45(1):6-18. doi:10.1111/nan.12535


Living with young onset dementia, Social Care Institute for Excellence


Young Dementia UK

Rare Dementia Support

Advanced reading

O'Malley M, Parkes J, Stamou V, La Fontaine J, Oyebode J, Carter J. International consensus on quality indicators for comprehensive assessment of dementia in young adults using a modified e-Delphi approach [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jun 25]. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2020;10.1002/gps.5368. doi:10.1002/gps.5368


Alzheimer's Disease Genetic Fact Sheet, National Institute of Aging


Dementia and driving, Red Whale Resources for Primary Care Professionals

Resources for trainers

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