Depression, Dementia, and Delirium: Evidence and Interventions - 20 credits - Module

Short Course (6 weeks)
January 2019
£656 for UK/EU Short Course 2019 entry (view all fees)
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The module is designed to meet your needs as health and social care professionals specialising in work with older people. The module will develop your ability to recognise, assess, have empathy with and respond effectively to emotional distress. Teaching and assessment strategies aim to facilitate development of a repertoire of therapeutic and creative interventions relevant to the mental health needs that people face in later life. Completion of the module will enhance professional expertise and confidence.

What's covered in the course?

Depression, dementia and delirium disproportionately impact on the health of older people and challenge nurses from all branches to respond to the complexity of individuals’ co-morbidities.

Effective assessments, interventions and support facilitate self-management and empowerment of service users and family carers to improve holistic well-being. In this module, students will explore current thinking and practice with a view to leading on development of alternative approaches and creative interventions, facilitating culture change and working in partnership with multi-disciplinary colleagues, patients their families and carers to address difficulties and maximise well-being. 

The module will be taught at City South Campus.

Why Choose Us?

  • We are a teaching team with a wide range of relevant practice experience and great enthusiasm for our subject
  • We are a teaching team with recently published research and textbook authorship. And we have an established history of successfully supporting and promoting student publications
  • This is a  creative, engaging module that will stimulate new ideas for practice and develop your professional confidence
  • We value your expertise and will support you in building your professional identity
  • Our exciting assessment designs are immediately beneficial for your career advancement


This course is worth...

20 credits


This course costs...


This course is not open to International students
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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Module Jan 2019 SC 6 weeks £656

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the module you are enrolling onto. 

The module will run each Wednesday (5 hours taught face-to-face).

Course structure

Teaching on this module will involve a diverse range of exciting learning opportunities, including working across specialities with students and teaching colleagues from other faculties. This approach will harness your creative capabilities and support you in developing new ideas to apply in your current and future practice. 

A blended learning approach is taken (incorporating both classroom and online activities via Moodle). You will be encouraged to think critically and share practice experiences with your fellow students, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities.

You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return you will receive regular feedback and fee-forward aimed at developing your academic skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team.  

You will be encouraged to share and learn from your own professional experiences and to incorporate service user perspectives when planning care.  

What you will learn

In the ‘Depression, Dementia and Delirium: Evidence and Interventions’ module you will learn about (and challenge and critique) therapeutic interventions which can be applied in everyday practice to improve the mental health of older people.

Course dates

Please check the course dates to see when your chosen modules are available throughout the year.

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The pathway learning approaches and assessment strategies are designed to build professional expertise and the skills needed for further professional development. You will learn how to use multimedia resources for managing and presenting reflective learning processes  (L6) and to further improve your professional presentation (L7) skills.

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge facilities.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Catharine Jenkins


Catharine’s teaching responsibilities are focused around the care of older people with mental health problems and her main area of expertise is dementia care. She also teaches on diversity issues and transcultural mental health nursing.

Catharine is interested in creative approaches to active learning for nurse education and has presented at international conferences about teaching and research. She is committed to involving students in research and publication.

Catharine’s current research explores the impact of online support on the experiences of recently qualified nurses. In another project she is exploring the experiences of nurses as they offer carer support to South Asian family carers looking after a relative with dementia. She is also writing a literature review about the impact of training on application of the Mental Capacity Act (2005). 

Prior to becoming a nurse educator, Catharine worked for many years as a Community Mental Health Nurse and team leader of an outreach team. At present she also works as a volunteer for BUDS (Better Understanding of Dementia in Sandwell).

Catharine is a 'media champion', responding to media requests on issues related to older peoples' mental health. 

Ms Bernie Keenan

Senior Lecturer

Bernie Keenan is a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City University where she has been the Programme Lead for the PG Cert Long Term Conditions, the Safeguarding Lead for nursing, and is a founding member of the Older People’s Practice Development Unit. Bernie’s extensive clinical background has included both neuro-medicine and neuro-surgery at the National Hospital for Neurological Diseases Queen Square London, Senior Nurse and Lecturer /Practitioner roles in general medicine at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust.

Bernie has for several years been on the Executive of The West Midlands Institute of Ageing and Health, and has occupied the role of Chair of this group. Bernie has been a research peer reviewer for the Department of Health National Institute for Health Research: Research for patient benefit programme. She also represented Nursing and Public & Patient Involvement on the Birmingham & Black Country Comprehensive Local Research Network Executive.

Bernie has contributed to the development of the Virtual Case Creator for Older People and to the Virtuar: Safeguarding tool. Bernie’s most recent publication is a chapter in the April 2013 Edition of the Royal College of Nursing guide to Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults, and she is also currently completing a Doctorate in Applied Social Research: Dementia Studies at Stirling University.

Module Leader

If you have any queries about this course please contact the Module Leader, Catharine Jenkins on:

Professional Navigators

Our Professional Navigators, Adele Millington and Nicola Clarke, are also on hand to offer guidance and will help you to choose which modules are best for you, taking into account your aims, professional or clinical experience, KSF requirements and your academic achievements.

Call Adele and Nicola on +44 (0)121 331 6162.

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