Health Care for Older Persons - Advanced Professional Development [Level HE6] part time
This course takes a holistic approach to examining the various health needs of older people. It explores the demographic changes and the impact of recent Government policies on the delivery of health care in practice settings. The physical and mental health needs of older people are examined and the intervention strategies, developed to meet those needs, are subjected to critical analysis.
This course develops skills which are in great demand by a range of employers. It contributes to the professional development of health care professionals such as registered nurses in the NHS, in the private sector (such as private hospitals, general practices or nursing homes), or therapists including physiotherapists and occupational therapists, who have an interest in the health and social care of older people. It is also of interest to people working within the voluntary sector with an interest in the holistic care of older people.
With an increasing number of older people within the population, the focus of health policymakers is on providing person-centred care, addressing age discrimination and promoting health and independence. You will have opportunities to explore all the major topics which make up this important public agenda.
This course is taught by lectures and problem-based learning in small groups. There are taught interactive sessions and problem-based learning which encourages you to examine topics of particular interest.
It is assessed by coursework – there are no exams.
Major topics covered in this course include:
- Theories of ageing, ageism, population statistics and trends;
- Commonly encountered physical conditions;
- The modernisation agenda: The National Service Framework for Older People, The Essence of Care document, Single Process Assessment;
- Psychological aspects of ageing;
- Dementia, Depression;
- Elder Abuse, Bereavement, Transition.
On successful completion of this course you will be able to:
- Evaluate theories of ageing and interpret population trends in relation to predictions for health care provision for older people, both in the community and in practice settings in future years;
- Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate the impact of the modernisation agenda (i.e. Government policy) on health care of the older people in the practice setting;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the physical, psychological and social aspects associated with ageing and apply theory to practice in relation to problems which may arise;
- Compare and contrast the presentation of common physical and mental health problems encountered in older people and evaluate notions of ageing and multiple pathologies.
You may be funded by either financial support from your employer or you may be self funded.
This course is part of a Professional Development framework within the School and the credits gained upon completion of this course can be used towards the BSc (Hons) Professional Studies (Health and Social Care).
Mapping of the learning outcomes of this course against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) is currently underway.
You should be employed within the health, social or voluntary sectors.
You must also hold an appropriate professional qualification, for example nurse registration; professional qualification for an allied health/social care profession (e.g. physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work); or Diploma in Counselling.
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