Complexities of Caring for Older People

University of the West of England, Bristol
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

This course is offered at Level 3 (Degree) and Masters level and is delivered at our Glenside Campus.

Course content includes:

  • Ageing population / demography
  • Epidemiology
  • Psychosocial theories of ageing
  • Ageing process; physiological change
  • Policy review (The King's Fund)
  • NHS 5 year Forward View
  • Health Promotion and Older People
  • Frailty
  • Prevention and management of falls
  • Virtual patient case study (independent learning)
  • Prescribing issues in older adults
  • Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment
  • Care and Support Planning
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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.


Study time includes 48 contact hours.

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.

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