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Professional course

Complexities of Caring for Older People

20 credit, level 3 or Masters level module.

About this course

Course code:
UZTRWM203
Applications:
University
Level:
Professional/Short Course
Department:
Nursing and Midwifery
Campus:
Glenside and Taunton
Course director:
Natalie Godfrey

Page last updated 2 August 2017

Introduction

On successful completion of this 20 credit, level 3 (UZTRWM203) or Masters level (UZTRWN20M), Complexities of Caring for Older People module you will be able to:

  • Critically explore  the concept of frailty and its influence on managing complex needs in older people.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding and appreciation of the relationship between co-morbidity, polypharmacy and ageing, and the impact on the older persons health.
  • Critically evaluate the evidence base underpinning the tools used to assess frailty.
  • Identify challenges to managing complex care needs and provide possible solutions to improve  outcomes for older people.
  • Explore the impact  that older peoples choices and decisions may have on their care and support needs.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal theories and  concepts that influence the management of frailty or complex care needs in the older person.

Careers / Further study

Level 3 module can contribute towards:

  • BSc(Hons) Specialist Practice
  • BSc(Hons) Professional Studies
  • BSc(Hons) Professional Development

Masters Level module can contribute towards:

  • MSc Specialist Practice
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • MSc Professional Development

Structure

Content

Day 1

  • Ageing population / demography
  • Epidemiology
  • Psychosocial theories of ageing
  • Ageing process; physiological change
  • Library resources (self-directed)

Day 2

  • Policy review ( kings fund)
  • NHS 5yr Forward View
  • Health Promotion and Older People
  • Frailty

Day 3

  • Prevention and management of falls
  • Virtual patient case study ( independent learning)
  • Prescribing issues in older adults
  • Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment
  • Care and Support Planning

Day 4

  • Differential diagnosis Dementia / Delirium / Depression
  • Meeting needs and managing distress
  • Recognising deterioration ( atypical presentation of illness) and exacerbation of co-morbidity
  • Dementia Friends Information Session ( for those not already a dementia friend)

Day 5

  • Mental Capacity Act / Best interest decisions / Managing risk (case studies)
  • Deprivation of Liberty safeguards (independent study)
  • Societal attitudes to death and dying
  • Government drivers in relation to end of life care
  • Advanced Directives and advanced care planning
  • DNACPR's and Natural death

Day 6

  • Quality measures ( CQUIN's, PROMS, QOF, NHS England Clinical Quality Indicators)
  • Working with and supporting carers and relationships
  • The Care Act
  • Interagency collaboration and integrated teams
  • Assignment support

Learning and Teaching

The approach for this 20 credit module is blended learning.

Scheduled learning includes lectures, seminars, tutorials.

Independent learning includes hours engaged with essential reading, case study preparation, assignment preparation and completion etc. These sessions constitute an average time per level as indicated in the table below. Scheduled sessions may vary slightly depending on the module choices you make.

TEL: The module will be supported by a Blackboard module site where a range of course materials will be available. Students will be expected to access reading materials through the Blackboard site, and engage with additional activities such as accessing video and weblinks. Discussion boards will be enabled for student use, facilitated by the module leader.  TEL activities will be utilised  for self directed study.

Study time

48 contact hours.

Assessment

You will complete a critical reflective account which explores a specific incident or situation related to managing frailty or complex care needs in an older person and utilises a 360 degree analytical approach.

The reflective account will comprise 3 stages:

1.    Older persons view

2.    Carers or families view

3.    Health or social care practitioners view

The critical reflexive approach gives you an opportunity to explore a situation or incident from differing perspectives and will conclude with either a potential solution or solutions or recognition that there are no solutions possible to the situation presented.

Opportunities will be given throughout the module for you to discuss your situation or incident in groups and with the module team.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Please visit full fee information to see the price brackets for our modules.

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

Dates

Please see our timetable for full date information. 

How to apply

How to apply

You will apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

Our how to apply page can assist you with further information prior to submitting your online application. 

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