Supporting the needs of the frail older person (degree and masters level)

This 20 credit module is offered at degree and masters level and is one of a range of condition specific modules offered by Plymouth University. 

You will gain a critical understanding of the principal theories and concepts that influence the management of frailty and complex care needs in the older person. Using evidence-based theories around frailty, co-morbidity, polypharmacy and the ageing process you will also develop advanced assessment, evaluation and management skills to be applied in a person centred framework in your practice.

ADV608 course details (degree level)

At degree level this module will develop your understanding of the impact of ageing on a person’s health and wellbeing, both physically and psychologically, and will provide you with the opportunity to debate evidence-based strategies and interventions for active ageing, self-management, and independence, in an inter-professional context and evaluate the application of these approaches in your own practice area. 

Module dates

This module will be delivered twice over the academic year 2018/19 in two locations. The taught dates are:

Plymouth: 15 and 16 January and 5 and 6 February 2019.

Exeter: 28 and 29 May and 18 and 19 June 2019.

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers – for further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.

ADV758 course details (masters level)

As masters level this module will give you a deep and critical understanding of the impact of ageing on an individual’s health and well-being, both physically and psychologically. It will provide you with the opportunity to debate and evaluate evidence based, person centred strategies and interventions for active ageing, self-management and independence, in an inter-professional context and enable you to critically evaluate the application of these approaches in your own practice area. 

Module dates

This module will be delivered twice over the academic year 2018/19 in two locations. The taught dates are:

Plymouth: 15 and 16 January and 5 and 6 February 2019.

Exeter: 28 and 29 May and 18 and 19 June 2019.

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers – for further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.

ADV608 learning outcomes (degree level)

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the relationship between co-morbidity, cognitive decline, polypharmacy and ageing, and the impact on the older person’s health.
  • identify barriers to managing complex care needs and identify possible solutions, including the promotion of health and well-being.
  • appraise relevant literature/evidence for the collaborative inter-professional assessment, evaluation and management of the ageing population.
  • discuss key concepts such as end of life care, safeguarding and ethics in the context of the inter-professional team.
  • critically apply your learning to your individual area of practice.
Assessment

The assessment for this module is a written assignment.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional – if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

The degree-level module can be studied as a standalone professional development module or as an optional module towards our BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Health and Social Care course and some associated pathways - please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information. 

ADV758 learning outcomes (masters level)

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate a critical understanding and appreciation of the relationship between co-morbidity, cognitive decline, polypharmacy and ageing, and the impact on the older person’s health.
  • identify challenges to managing complex care needs and provide possible solutions to improve outcomes for older people including the promotion of health and well-being.
  • critically appraise the relevant evidence base for the collaborative inter-professional evaluation and management of the ageing population.
  • critically discuss and incorporate discussions of end of life care, safeguarding and ethics in the context of the inter-professional team.
  • critically apply your learning to your individual area of practice ground.
Assessment

The assessment for this module is a written assignment.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional – if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).  

The masters-level module can be studied as as an optional module for our MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme and some relevant pathways  - please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

Module leader – Jenny Child

"This module examines the ageing process, from both a physiological and psychological perspective in order to gain a critical knowledge and comprehension of the effect ageing has on mental health and functional ability. Focus is given to the complex relationships between co-morbidity, cognitive decline, polypharmacy and ageing, and the impact these can have on an older person’s health and frailty. The module encourages a forum of lively debate where practice is critically explored and new approaches considered."

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Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on this module:

  • you must be a registered health and social care professional or a health and social care worker in possession of previous study at level 5 (Diploma of Higher Education) or a foundation degree to study the module at degree level, or
  • you must be a registered health and social care professional or a health and social care worker who has previously studied to graduate level to study the module at masters level

Each student will be considered and advised individually (where required) by the programme team and Professional Development Unit. Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation.

Funding and fees

Funding

These modules are commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) and you may, therefore, be eligible for funding through your employing trust.

Please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

Fees

For those who are self-funding, please see our professional development module fees page.