Key Facts

Module Title: Care of the Older Person - NUR 30212
Mode of Study:Tri 1/November
Contact Details:01782 679611
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
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The care of older people has received significant attention and is high on the healthcare policy agenda.

The population of the UK is ageing and life expectancy continues to rise. An ageing population can lead to an increase in the prevalence of associated long-term conditions and managing the complex needs of this ageing population is a challenge. There is a need to identify strategies to support older people both in the health care system and in managing their own health.

This module seeks to provide students with an understanding of normal patterns of ageing and how physical or mental illness impacts on the older person taking into account social and cultural aspects of care. Students will critically reflect on their own practice, explore inter-agency working taking into account legal aspects to enable the development of strategies for effectively provide holistic care which is evidence-based and supports the needs of an older population.


  • The module aims to enable healthcare professionals to examine and reflect upon the fundamental principles of the older person's care journey within a range of healthcare settings.
  • To discuss aspects of the ageing process and describe "normal" ageing and articulate how the ageing process interlinks with long-term conditions;
  • To identify and evaluate health promotion strategies to support the health of an older population;
  • To discuss how inter-agency working supports the health of the older person promoting empowerment and shared decision-making;
  • To demonstrate understanding of the impact of medicines management on the health of the older person;
  • To discuss the needs of the older person in minority groups taking into account diversity and inclusion.


A healthcare professional registered with an appropriate professional body (e.g. NMC, HCPC)


  • Normal ageing
  • Social and cultural aspects of ageing
  • Pathways of care
  • Health promotion strategies for living well in older age
  • The impact of ageing on anatomy and physiology
  • Impact of long-term conditions on the older person
  • Service user/carer involvement
  • Carer issues
  • Medicines management
  • Care of the older person from minority groups eg BAME, LGBT, Learning Disability
  • Spiritual care
  • End of life decision making
  • Legal frameworks for care of the older person
  • eg MCAct/advanced decision-making
  • Presentation skills
  • Case management
  • Inter-agency working


15 minute presentation of a case with a further

5 minutes for questions

1000 word supporting paper