Managing Complex Health and Care Needs of Frail Older People HI4013 Short Course

Managing Complex Health and Care Needs of Frail Older People HI4013 Short Course
Students will explore the issues around societal attitudes towards older people and ageing, systems of care, the ageing process, age-related illnesses, and how this creates complexity in relation to fundamental aspects of care.

The population of the UK is ageing. An ageing population may lead to an increase in the prevalence of associated long-term conditions and health care professionals need to be able manage the complex needs of this ageing frail population.

By undertaking this module, health professionals will gain an understanding of the theories and concepts that influence the management of frailty and complex care needs in the older person.

Evidence-based theories around the ageing process, frailty, co-morbidity, polypharmacy, will help you to develop your advanced assessment, evaluation and management skills to better meet the needs of the frail older person

This can be taken as an optional module for the post-registration level 7 framework or as a stand-alone module. The module is available to registered healthcare professionals who wish to enhance their knowledge around assessment of the older person with complex needs.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

12 Weeks


School of Sport and Health Sciences

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:


Entry Requirements:


Course Content

Course Outline:
The module will be structured around the use of key lectures to provide the context for and support of module themes. The module will use focused group work and class discussions within face to face tutor time.  Throughout the module a range of external speakers and service users will be invited to speak to the student group demonstrating contemporary approaches to working with the frail older adult.   

The module will be delivered using a blended learning approach.   The core of the module delivery mode is a series of face to face tutor-led or group-led seminars or workshops.

Highlights of the course:

- Can be used for NMC revalidation

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Web-based materials using the UCLan Learning Environment, Blackboard, discussion rooms and student blogs will also be used to help you to consolidate your knowledge and understanding to achieve the module learning outcomes.

Academic Expertise

The module will be led by senior lecturers who have worked managing the complex needs of this ageing population in both community and acute care settings.

Learning outcome & aims

On completion the student will be able to:

- Explore the relationship between co-morbidity, cognitive decline, polypharmacy and ageing, and the impact on the frail older person’s health
- Critically discuss end of life care, safeguarding and ethics in the context of the inter-professional team
- Appraise the relevant evidence base for the collaborative inter-professional evaluation and management of the ageing population.
- Examine challenges when managing complex care needs in relation to health and social care outcomes.

Assessment - Coursework 100%

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Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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Progression Routes

This module can be used as part of a master programme of study for all health professionals or as a stand-alone module.

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply



Tel: 01772 893839/893836
Address: UCLan, Brook Building Room 204, PR1 2HE

Further contact details

Susan Anderson
Senior lecturer
University of Central Lancashire, PR1 2HE
Tel :01772 893659

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