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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: NUR2040 Module Title: CARE OF OLDER PEOPLE
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: CAREOLDERP
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: TREMEWAN P Mr (HSC)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
Semester 2
Assessment Pattern
Evidence based portfolio demonstrating achievement in learning by meeting the module outcomes 100%

The Portfolio must include
• clear mapping of learning against each module outcome
• 2,500 words of evidence based writing including
- 1 or more reflective accounts
or - a care study
This will depend on the nature of the practice area of the student
• Additionally the portfolio must include four reading logs, one of which must discuss policy in relation to older people

It is advisable not to undertake too many short pieces of writing as it may compromise depth of analysis. Students may wish to consider writing shorter written accounts which would be exclusive of the word limit but should be no more than 1,000 words in total

Module Overview
An interest in improving practice related to older people and a wish to become a more active participant in their care
Module Aims
The aim of this module is to enhance practitioners understanding of the complex nature of the older person by increasing their knowledge of the multifaceted nature of holistic care of older people. Practitioners will be able to develop and improve their competence to deliver evidence-based practice in a wide range of settings.
Learning Outcomes
On completion of the module, the student should be able to:

Subject knowledge and understanding
• Evaluate normal biological aspects of ageing, theories of ageing and the underlying pathophysiology
• Critically appraise and apply special needs of older people related to pathological processes, and discuss the management of these needs
• Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the major theories relating to older people, and have an awareness of the variety of ideas, context and frameworks used
• Understand the wider social and environmental implications that impact on ethical issues for older people
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding to manage and develop contemporary practice in relation to older people
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of contemporary policy and practice developments

Cognitive skills
• Analyse a range of information with minimum guidance
• Identify the key elements of problems and choose appropriate methods for their resolution in a considered manner
• Critically examine evidence related to the care of older people
• Critically appraise the role of nursing within the health and social care services

Practical skills
• Operate in situations of varying complexity and predictability using a wide range of techniques
• Integrate comprehensive patient assessment and interpretative skills to achieve optimal patient care
• Manage therapeutic interventions and regimes
• Evaluate and respond effectively to rapidly changing situations

Key / transferable skills
• Demonstrate an holistic approach to the care of older people, incorporating individual beliefs and values
• Recognise, illustrate and predict the opportunities for health promotion
• Communicate effectively regarding issues related to practice
• Become a reflective member of the interdisciplinary team
• Demonstrate confidence in application of own criteria of judgement and can challenge opinions and reflect on actions
• Demonstrate confidence and flexibility in identifying and defining complex problems and the application of appropriate knowledge, tools/methods to their solution
Module Content
National policies impacting on older people, bio-psycho-socio aspects of ageing, physical and functional assessment in rehabilitation. Falls and mobility, vulnerable adults and a focus on mental health issues. Assessment, management and health promotion of specific long term conditions including neurological, cardiac and respiratory conditions. Pharmacology, integrated working, user perspectives on care, terminal illness, tissue viability, nutritional needs and pain in the older person
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Overall Student Workload:

Taught: 60 hours
Work-based learning: 40 hours
Self-directed learning: 100 hours 

The module will be delivered over ten taught days held over consecutive weeks, using a variety of teaching methods. There is strong emphasis on enquiry-based learning incorporating peer review, class discussion, themed workshop days and experimental learning. A wide range of specialist lectures and clinical practice staff will be involved in delivery to foster close theory/practice links to drive practice forwards.
Selected Texts/Journals
Essential Reading

Ebersole P, Hess P, Luggen A (2004) Toward healthy ageing: human needs and nursing response 6th edn Mosby, St. Louis

Jamieson A, Harper S, Victor C (1997) Critical approaches to ageing and later life Open University Press, Buckingham

Background Reading

Redfern S, Ross F (2006) Nursing older people 4th edn Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh

Thompson C, Dowding D (2002) Clinical decision making and judgement in nursing Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh

Woodrow P (ed) (2002) Ageing issues for physical, psychological and social health Whurr Publishers, London

Last Updated
27TH JULY 2010