Meeting the needs of older people in diverse care settings module (PN50107)

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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.

SCQF Level: 11 (Masters Degree)
SCQF Credits: 30
Total student effort: 300 hours

Available: September and May

This module forms part of the postgraduate framework and can also be taken as a stand-alone module. 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.

It has been developed to meet the required needs of older people in clinical care settings. Many older patients have complex and co-morbid health conditions and their healthcare 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.

The module offers a blended approach to learning, combining face to face study days with work-based learning supported by online material for the duration of the module. The module offers you easy access to web resources and documents required for your studies as well as facilitating discussions and the exchange of ideas with fellow students and tutors. 

Distinctive features of this module include:

  • an optional guided reflective portfolio of evidence and you will be encouraged to use work-based reflective learning to enhance critical thinking around the evidence base for care interventions and appraisal of the factors which influence care quality

Module Aim(s)

  1. Through application in practice, to enable students to develop the necessary evidence-based knowledge, attitudes and skills to create the conditions for effective healthcare delivery for older adults with co-existing physical, mental health and/or social needs.
  2. To enable the practitioner, when appropriate, to advise, support and supervise other members of healthcare teams across diverse clinical settings.

Module Overview

This module focuses on managing the complex needs of older people in a variety of care settings and comprises three units:

  • Unit 1 The Physiology of Ageing: the impact on older people and their care requirements.
  • Unit 2 Meeting the psychological challenges for older people in the care setting
  • Unit 3 Meeting the challenges for older people living in our current society

The module encourages you to apply evidence to practice through exploration of interventions to prevent a cascade of dependence and enhance wellbeing in the community; 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 health 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:

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

Module Requirements

Prior to undertaking this module you must be educated to degree level or equivalent. You must also have access to a computer and the internet. It is advised that negotiated time for study is agreed with managers. 

Module contact

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