Postgraduate Diploma in Care of the Older Person

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Our multidisciplinary, affordable Postgraduate Diploma in Care of the Older Person is designed specifically for healthcare professionals who want to expand their clinical knowledge, skills, and confidence in dealing with the complex health and social needs of the aging population.

PgDip Care of the Older Person

Next intake: 2023 MarchKey Facts

Awarding University
University of Buckingham
Commitment
Part-time
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
13th February 2023
Course start date
Format
100% Online
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With our expert faculty, this diploma course in care of the older person will cover a variety of interesting subjects such as confusion and dementia, frailty and continence, and much more. The programme utilises the latest concepts and research evidence in the field, which are suitable for both UK and overseas graduates.

Furthermore, because the diploma in geriatric care is entirely online and follows a distance learning format, we’re able to select top industry experts from around the world to support and guide students throughout the course duration. This also allows students to study at their own pace, with no set timetables and without compromising their work or personal commitments.

What's more, the course allows all students to expand their networks, connect with multidisciplinary people from all over the world to share insights, and broaden their career opportunities.

On a successful completion of this flexible diploma in care of the older person, you’ll be able to:

  • Provide a comprehensive, systematic and critical appraisal of issues in caring for older people to facilitate the implementation of evidence-based care and best practice.
  • Develop skills that aid career progression and leadership potential within a complex and rapidly changing delivery environment.

Next intake: 2023 March Key Facts

Awarding University
University of Buckingham
Commitment
Part-time
Format
100% Online
Duration
12 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
13th February 2023
Course start date

Why Study a Care of the Older Person Postgraduate Diploma with Learna

We have over 10 years’ experience delivering online courses, giving you access to flexible, affordable distance learning in partnership with world-leading educators.

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Who is this course for?

Applicants will typically be registered healthcare professionals who have a day to day exposure to the elderly population and are looking for an online diploma in geriatric medicine with distance learning.

They may be part of a team which delivers care, a leader of that team, or an individual involved in the care of the elderly.

__This includes but not exclusive to: __

  • GP’s
  • Hospital doctors
  • Nurses
  • Physiotherapists
  • Dieticians
  • and other allied healthcare professionals working with elderly people.

How Will I Learn?

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.

Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios.

These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

Curriculum

Our online diploma in getriactic medicine allows you to study for just one calendar year and is a part-time, distance-learning course. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises six modules of 20 credits, each running over a period of six weeks.

Module Aims
This module aims to introduce the students to the concept of physiological ageing in comparison with younger adults, differences between physiology and pathology, major presentation of illness in older people and general approach to therapy.

The module encourages weekly discussion where students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of everyday clinical practice and research.

Module Summary

  • Physiology of ageing
  • Health promotion and Public Health
  • Geriatric giants
  • Medicine management
  • Therapies
  • Social issues relating to the older adult; abuse, Deprivation of Liberty (DOLs), mental health, power of attorney, safeguarding

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical and systematic knowledge of the current evidence and practice in the physiology of ageing and care of the older person.
  2. Combine therapeutic and social constructs to develop care for older people in complex and unpredictable situations.
  3. Demonstrate a high-level understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the care of the elderly discipline into clinical practice.

Module Aims
This module aims to highlight the importance attached to the risk of falls in older people in different environments (community and institution), consequences of falls, holistic assessment of causes, the importance of the multidisciplinary team assessment, plan of prevention and management.

The module will present weekly case-based scenarios to develop knowledge and understanding of the assessment, treatment, prevention and management of falls.

Module Content

  • Initial assessment and comprehensive geriatric assessment – CGA
  • Pathophysiology of sarcopaenia, bone loss, identification and management
  • Falls and fractures
  • Osteoporosis, prevention and management
  • Fall and fracture prevention and management

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. A critical appreciation of the interplay between the physiology of ageing with falls and fractures, together with the understanding of diagnostic and management strategies.
  2. Critically evaluate current research and evidence into the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis and falls.
  3. Critically implement the learning and synthesise the evidence into clinical practice to improve care of the elderly who present with falls and osteoporosis.

Module Aims
This module aims to highlight the risk of confusion and cognitive impairment in older people in different settings, differentiating between different types and causes of confusion, acute and chronic cognitive dysfunction, and measures of assessment and management.

This module teaches students how to critically evaluate and selectively differentiate knowledge between alternative presentations and causes of confusion in older people, in a variety of settings. Weekly activities throughout the module aim to develop skills in diagnosis and selection of appropriate care and treatment paths.

Module Content

  • Assessment and diagnosis
  • Delirium and acute confusion
  • Cognitive decline and dementia
  • Therapeutic interventions in dementia
  • Emerging approaches to the physiology and treatment of dementia
  • Depression and anxiety in the older person

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Develop a systematic understanding and critical knowledge of the assessment, classification and management of the older person presenting with memory disorders.
  2. Critically evaluate the evidence relating to the diagnosis, investigation and management of delirium, confusion and dementia.
  3. An ability to synthesise and translate the critical knowledge and evidence-base for the management of older subjects presenting with confusion and memory issues in clinical practice.

Module Aims
To develop an in-depth and contemporary knowledge of common age-related neurological conditions, TIA (transient ischaemic attack), stroke and causes of syncope. To include approaches to assessment, management and prevention of stroke, myopathies and Parkinson’s disease together with the impact on function and quality of life in older age.

Module Content

  • Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) and stroke
  • Primary and Secondary stroke prevention
  • Muscle disorders: myopathy, MND (motor neurone disease), temporal arteritis, PMR (polymyalgia rheumatica)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Syncope and pre-syncope

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically applies a systematic understanding of stroke, age-related neurological disorders and syncope, presenting in the older subject.
  2. An ability to critically evaluate and synthesise the evidence relating to the pathophysiology, diagnosis, investigation and management of the older patient presenting with stroke, age-related neurological disorders and syncope.
  3. An ability to analyse, synthesise and relate this knowledge into the care of the older patient presenting with a variety of cerebrovascular and common neuro-muscular disorders.

Module Aims
This module aims to develop an in-depth knowledge of the diagnosis and management of frailty and continence in older people. This will include aetiology, models of assessment, medical and surgical management of frailty, urinary incontinence and constipation in older people.

Module Content

  • Definition and pathophysiology of frailty
  • Management and prevention of frailty, new horizons in ageing
  • Dependency and disability
  • Change of bowel habit/function
  • Continence and medical conditions in the elderly
  • Management of incontinence

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. An ability to critically appraise and understand the evidence relating to the pathophysiology, impact, management and prevention strategies in the care of older people presenting with frailty and continence issues.
  2. An ability to critically evaluate the current evidence base for the management and prevention strategies applying to frailty and continence disorders.
  3. An ability to synthesise current evidence and critically interpret this into the care of subjects presenting with frailty and continence disorders.

Module Aims
This module provides an in-depth and contemporary knowledge of ethical issues and end-of-life care in the older person. In particular it analyses issues relating to consent to treatment, quality of life and also brings to attention the complex aspects of end-of-life care.

Module Summary

  • Safeguarding
  • Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act
  • Advance care planning and ethical considerations
  • End-of-life interventions and ethics
  • Palliative interventions and ethics
  • Withholding treatment, assisted dying and the law

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. An ability to critically understand and synthesise the evidence and legal frameworks relating to ethical dilemmas in relation to mental health and end-of-life care.
  2. An ability to critically evaluate and synthesise complex ethical, mental health and end of life care of the elderly patient.
  3. Develop an ability to incorporate the knowledge into complex clinical scenarios relating to ethics, mental health and end of life care in the elderly person.

Assessment Methods

The care of the elderly postgraduate diploma places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of clinical scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.

The six modules on the course have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor. Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout. You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module.

These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice. Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies.

Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.

  • Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
  • Tutors will post a number of questions and prompts to aid students in a formal discussion of each case.
  • These discussions are facilitated throughout by your tutor and are then assessed at the end of every module.

The reflective journal is used by students throughout each module to monitor personal progress. This is guided by weekly feedback from your tutor and is graded at the end of every module. The journal typically includes the following:

  • Initial expectations and reasons for taking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events, issues and learning points within current personal practice.
  • Change in every day practice due to knowledge gained on each module.
  • A description of what has been learned during the module.

For this assessment, students will work on a group assignment and/or an individual assignment.

  • Group assignments are designed to hone skills in the multidisciplinary, holistic approach to modern treatments and patient management by requiring group participation in a single piece of work.
  • Individual assignments are designed to hone skills in academic career progression through such tasks as reviewing papers, developing scientific posters or abstracts, peer-reviewing, social media activities, patient information leaflets and essays.
  • Students are provided with case-based problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination.
  • The exam consists of 30 'Single Best Answer' questions.
  • Students are required to complete the exam online within the set time.

Entry requirements

Since our elderly care courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals without international surcharges.

Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree.

Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.

Documents Required

  • A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth
  • A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate
  • The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
  • A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
  • A copy of your proof of English competency (see below)

English Language Requirements

Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. You can also contact our admissions team on admissions@diploma-msc.com for more information on the qualifications we accept.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for March 2023:
£4,980
Application deadline - 13th February 2023

Option 1: Upfront Payment in full. Option 2: Interest free payments every other month for the duration of the course.

DateInstalmentsUp-Front Payments
Deposit£830£4,980
1st May 2023£830
1st July 2023£830
1st September 2023£830
1st November 2023£830
1st January 2024£830

† Deposits are non-refundable

†† Prices are subject to review following each intake

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