University course created in partnership with HD families opens for 2021 entry

Applications are open for learners from across Scotland, the UK and around the world for 2021 entry to a pioneering undergraduate module created in partnership with families impacted by Huntington’s disease.  

Delivered by University of Stirling in collaboration with Scottish Huntington’s Association, ‘Huntington’s disease: an enabling approach to supporting families’ is of particular interest to health and social care professionals who work with clients from the HD community, including carers and young people growing up in HD families. However, it is open to everyone, including family members.

Rachel Gaddi, Speech and Language Therapist, has completed the course. She said:

“I’ve reflected on the learning from this course many times when involved in challenging cases. It was a brilliant opportunity to hear from other professionals, extend my knowledge and better understand the complexities of Huntington’s disease.

“One of the most valuable aspects is the emphasis on the needs of carers and family members, which reinforced for me the importance of considering this as part of person centred care.”

Learners will draw on current global research and practice in the field in order to provide improved care and support to people impacted by HD. The module begins on 13 September 2021 with a virtual one-day session, followed by 14 weeks of online learning and study. All learning will be delivered online and can be accessed at times to suit individual learners.

Dr Louise McCabe, Senior Lecturer in Dementia Studies at University of Stirling, added: “The input of families, the people who live with impact of Huntington’s disease every day, offers learners a unique opportunity to gain invaluable insights into this rare disease and help to transform the care and support of the HD community.”

Course fees are £675 and the SCQF level 10 module carries 20 credits. To find out more, visit or email 

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