Our population is ageing: This is well recognised, as is the fact that older people, in particular those living with frailty, are best supported through a holistic, person centred and community based approach to care. There is therefore a pressing need to enable primary and community care clinicians to develop the enhanced clinical, managerial and leadership skills required to support the delivery of safe, effective, compassionate and integrated care for older people, unhindered by traditional professional and organisational boundaries.
About the course
This course allows students to study the latest concepts in frailty and integrated care, in a multi-professional, multi-agency and community focused context.
The course covers the definition, epidemiology, concepts and models of frailty in primary care and at transitions of care. It goes on to consider the clinical management of frailty, including specialist clinical interventions, medicines management, and legal and ethical aspects. The course also identifies and addresses key leadership and management themes important in the development, commissioning and management of integrated services for older people with frailty, allowing students to study these crucial concepts in a practically based and interactive manner.
This programme has been developed in collaboration with Shropshire Doctors Co-operative Ltd., GP First and the British Geriatrics Society.
Aims of the course
The aim of the course is to help primary and community care clinicians to develop skills that will motivate, empower and enable them to enhance their contribution to the delivery of high quality and effective integrated care for older people living with frailty in our communities.
This course recognises that clinicians require a unique combination of knowledge, skills and experience to support the delivery of enhanced primary and community care services for older people with frailty, particularly in seeking to provide person centred and integrated care that overcomes traditional professional and organisational boundaries.
This course is designed to develop these skills and to empower clinicians to be confident in their holistic approach to the complex issues associated with delivering care to older people with frailty.
Clinicians who complete these course will be ideally placed not only to take on currently available enhanced clinical roles in this area, but also to take up new opportunities emerging through the transformational change in service delivery being driven by the New Care Models and the NHS Five Year Forward View.
It will therefore benefit GPs at any stage of their careers, Nurse Practitioners and Community Matrons in general or specialist roles in Primary Care or Community Trusts and Allied Health Professionals working in this area; in other words, a range of primary and community care clinicians enthusiastic to develop their skills and capabilities in this area.
All clinicians with a degree or equivalent experience will be able to apply for the course.
The course is divided into modules, each attracting 15 M-level credits. The modules then build up to a 120 credits diploma after two years if all the modules are completed. Students can go on to undertakie the final year research dissertation (60 credits) required to achieve the MMedSci should they so wish.
Some of the modules are face to face whilst others are partly online or portfolio based. The portfolio based modules include tutored supervision to guide the student's work.
Year One includes:
- Strategic Management of Frailty as a Long Term Condition (15 credits)
- Clinical Geriatric Medicine 1 (15 credits)
- Clinical Geriatric Medicine 2 (15 credits)
- Contemporary Challenges in Healthcare Ethics and Law (15 credits)
Year Two includes options and students can choose a number of appropriate optional modules such as:
- Leadership and Management for Healthcare Professionals (15 credits)
- Independent Practice/Work-based Study (30 credits)
- Rational Prescribing (5-30 credits)
There are then a number of optional modules within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences for students to take, details of which are available on the postgraduate courses web page https://www.keele.ac.uk/health/postgraduate/individualmodules/. The decision as to what module would be most appropriate is undertaken in discussion with the course tutor and tailored to the learning needs of the student. Students who wish to progress to Year Three and undertake the Masters dissertation will be expected to have completed the Research Methods in Health module.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
Teaching and assessment
Students will be taught in an interactive manner, with an opportunity to undertake a work based portfolio to concentrate learning on a specific area of the students' interest. Each of the modules finishes with an assignment which helps to continue the themed learning with the student undertaking an assignment.
All students will be allocated a personal tutor who will provide academic guidance and study skills support.
Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.