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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: NUR2048
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: ADAMS TE Dr (HSC)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

To be arranged with the Module Leader

Assessment Pattern
Evaluate the provision of care and support to an older person with a mental health condition. (1,500 words)

Module Overview
Module Aims
The aim of this module is to support flexible learning opportunities in order to develop independent learners who are able to address the complexities of modern health and social care policy and provision in an innovative manner.

Specific Aims

To help the student:

1. Understand how society contributes to older people’s mental health and well-being and how they may be challenged, including ageism, age discrimination and social exclusion.

2. Explore common conditions that affect the mental health and well-being of older people and how they are addressed.

3. Analyse people’s experience of depression and dementia and key aspects of their care.

4. Describe the pathway through which care is offered to people with mental health conditions and their informal carers, including assessment and the payment of long stay provision.

5. Explore the relationship between mental health in older people and life
course and how listening to people’s stories may enhance their psychological well-being.
Learning Outcomes
At the end of the module the student will be able to:

Learning Outcomes

Development of knowledge and understanding

• Has a detailed knowledge of the major theories within mental health care to older people and an awareness of various ideas, contexts and frameworks.
• Is aware of the wider social and environmental implications of area(s) of study and is able to debate issues in relation to more general ethical perspectives.

Cognitive skills

• Can analyse a range of information with guidance using frameworks and ideas that have developed in relationship to the mental health in older people and is aware of alternative methods and techniques for obtaining information. .
• Is aware of a range of information in relationship to older people with mental health conditions and they are used within care settings.
• Can evaluate the relevance and significance of information collected.
• Can identify key elements of problems associated with mental health conditions in older people and choose appropriate methods for their resolution in a considered manner.

Key/transferable skills:

• Can work effectively with others as a member of a group and meet obligations to others.
• Can use and access a range of learning resources.
• Can evaluate own strengths and weaknesses, challenge views and opinions and develop own judgements.
• Can manage information and undertake simple search tasks with external guidance.
• Can take responsibility for own learning with minimal direction.
• Can communicate effectively.
• Can identify key areas associated with problems and choose appropriate tools/methods for their resolution in a considered manner.

Module Content
Key themes to be covered in relation to the specific subject will include:

• An introduction to mental health and older people;
• attitudes and images of ageing;
• risks and protective factors;
• common mental health problems amongst older people;
• early stages of dementia;
• the later stages of dementia;
• depression in later life;
• ageism, age exclusion and social exclusion;
• services for older people with mental health conditions;
• life course approach.

Methods of Teaching/Learning
Overall Student Workload – 100 hours

E-learning 61 hours

Self-directed Learning 33 hours

E-learning, telephone time with teacher and introduction meeting 6 hours

Delivery of Module

Blended learning comprising (1) web-based learning materials, (2) email discussion with teacher (3) telephone discussion. Access to University resources.
Selected Texts/Journals
Suggestions for reading are offered in the on-line learning materials.

Adams, T. (Ed) (2008) Dementia Care Nursing: promoting the well-being of people with dementia and their families. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Kitwood, T. (1997) Dementia Reconsidered: the person comes first. Open University Press, Buckingham.


In addition to the reading recommended in the on line materials, it is suggested that learners may also read:

Neno, R. Aveyard, B. and Heath, H. (2007) Older People and Mental Health Nursing: a handbook of care. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford.

Manthorpe, J. and Illiffe, S. (2005) Depression in Later Life. Jessica Kingsley Publications, London.

Marshall, M. and Tibbs, A. (2007) Social Work and People with Dementia. Policy Press, Bristol.


Journal of Dementia Care
Signposts: Journal of Dementia and Mental Health of Older People
Nursing and Residential Care


Last Updated
28TH JULY 2010