Meeting the Needs of Older People in Diverse Care Settings module (NB30107)

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There is an opportunity for a small number of fee waivers on this module via the Scottish Council’s upskilling fund.  This  offer is to non NHS organisations. If you are interested, please email to the address below providing your organisation and your role.

Module code: NB30107

SCQF Level: 9 (Bachelors Degree)

SCQF Credits: 30 (15)

Total student effort: 300 hours


Target audience

This module has been developed to meet the required needs of older people across health and social care. Many older patients have complex and co-morbid health conditions and their care requirements exceed the traditional remit of the clinical specialty. It is suitable for nursing staff or registered health professionals with a first level degree who care for older people as all or part of their patient population.

Delivery details

The module is delivered, through online learning supported by online material for the duration of the module. Students will access all study materials and discussion boards through My Dundee and whilst the module is running, tutor support is given on an as-required basis through email, discussion boards, telephone or other interactive methods. There are 2 face to face day which are not compulsory to attend but recommended.   For those not able to attend materials will be available online too.

Module aims

Provide students with the opportunity to critically appraise the core knowledge, attitudes and skills that are an essential prerequisite for effective delivery for the complex care needs of older people in diverse care settings.

Module overview

This module focusses on managing the complex needs of older people in a variety of care settings.

The module encourages the student to apply evidence to practice through exploration of interventions to prevent a cascade of dependence throughout the patient journey; examination of the practical strategies for the treatment of acute ill health plus long term conditions management including palliative care; an exploration of the psychological impact of ill health and supportive care strategies.
Current local, national and international initiatives aimed at improving physical and mental health care will be interpreted in relation to practice. Issues which bridge primary and secondary care are examined for example, preventing unscheduled admission and medicines management. Examination and critical discussion of the potential impact(s) of the clinical care culture, ageism and ageist treatment of older people in diverse care settings including the influence of nursing attitudes on therapeutic care delivery.
Each unit is underpinned by material to support critical thinking around Care, Compassion and Dignity within the care environment.

Assessment strategy

The module assessment comprises of:-

  1. Summative assessment 1 (15%) - Participation in on-line discussion (1000 word equivalent). Participation over weeks 7 and 8
  2. Summative assessment 2 (85%) - Critical appraisal of the evidence for practice improvement (3500 words) Submitted in Week 12

Module contact

For further information, please contact the School of Health Sciences
Telephone: +44(0)1382 388534