Holistic Health in Later Life (Professional Practice)

Attendance:
Part Time
Starting:
September 2017, January 2018, April 2018
Campus:
Fees:
£656 per module for UK/EU Part Time 2017 entry (view all fees)

This pathway is closed for 2018, however you can still apply for individual modules listed under course in depth. 

The pathway is designed to meet your needs as health and social care professionals specialising in work with older people. The modules are designed to develop holistic consideration of the experiences of older people in the context of their lives, relationships and communities. Teaching and assessment strategies aim to facilitate development of a repertoire of therapeutic and creative interventions to address the complexity of issues that people face in later life. Development of professional and academic abilities will empower you to apply your learning to practice for the benefit of your service users. Completion of the pathway will enhance professional expertise and confidence.

What's covered in the course?

Empowerment for self-management of health can reduce risk and postpone development of long-term conditions. Around 2.9 million people are expected to be living with three or more long term conditions by 2018 (The Kings Fund 2015). Pain and disability have an impact on mood and there is an association between circulatory ill-health and dementia and polypharmacy and delirium. 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.

You will deepen your understanding of long-term conditions, gain insight into the experiences and priorities of older people with multi-morbidity and develop practice which empowers older people, fostering autonomy, self-care and quality of life. Effective assessments, interventions and support facilitate self-management and empowerment of service users to improve holistic well-being. You will explore current thinking and practice with a view to developing alternative approaches and creative interventions, enhancing decision-making skills, facilitating culture change and working in partnership with multi-disciplinary colleagues, patients, their families and carers to address difficulties and maximise well-being.

The teaching team are experienced specialist older peoples’ nurses with a wide range of professional, educational and research experience. We enjoy teaching using active, experiential approaches. We value your professional practice understandings and look forward to facilitating engaging, stimulating classroom learning experiences. Supportive, thought-provoking online analytical discussions will complement the face to face teaching and challenge you to take your professional practice to the next level.

This pathway will be taught at our City South Campus.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our newly developed programme is one of the first to embed mental health and physical health together throughout your learning in a way that naturally reflects the realities of life for older people with co-morbidities
  • 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 pathway 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.

New £10,280 postgraduate loans

If you are completing the MSc Professional Practice, you may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,280 available for postgraduate study.

The RCN Foundation also have bursaries available, apply before 30 November 2017.

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This course is open to International students

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Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Sep 2017 PT TBC £656 per module
Jan 2018 PT TBC £656 per module
Apr 2018 PT TBC £656 per module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
TBC PT TBC See below

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.

Course structure 

You can choose to study this programme as a complete pathway award (full or part-time) or as a standalone module, dependent on your individual need and the needs of your organisation. All programmes offer a convenient part-time format to fit around home and work commitments

Pathway awards in Holistic Health in Later Life can lead to:

  • Module only Professional Practice Level 6
  • Module only Professional Practice Level 7
  • BSc Professional Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Professional Practice 
  • Grad Cert Professional Practice 
  • PG Cert Professional Practice
  • PG Dip Professional Practice
  • MSc Professional Practice

How to apply

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

Additional costs

There may be additional costs for theatre visits.

This course is available part-time

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Degree (Level 6)

How it works

You can choose to study this programme as a complete pathway award or as a standalone module. 

Modules will respond to your professional aspirations and 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. 

Promoting Lifelong Health
20 credits

You will explore approaches to health promotion, focusing on taking a holistic strategy of investment in health throughout the lifespan. You will examine barriers and the role of leadership in inspiring and driving attitudinal and behavioural change for individuals and organisations

Depression, Dementia and Delirium: Evidence and Interventions
20 credits

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.

Well-being in the Context of Complex Care
20 credits

You will develop practice which empowers older people with co-morbidities, fostering autonomy, self-care and quality of life throughout the lifespan. You will develop the skills required to challenge, promote and critique interventions aimed at achieving well-being for older people with complex needs.

Using Research Evidence in Practice
20 credits

This module gives you the opportunity to:

  • Examine the process of devising an answerable question arising from clinical practice. 
  • Implement strategies for accessing and retrieving sources of relevant evidence.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate sources of evidence using appropriate frameworks.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the knowledge and skills required to successfully implement evidence into practice.
Negotiated Study
20 credits

This module allows you the opportunity to:

  • Critically analyse the contemporary literature relating to your chosen topic.
  • Formulate arguments to demonstrate in depth knowledge relating to your chosen topic.
  • Analyse how this learning has supported or developed knowledge and practice.
Optional Module
20 credits

Choose from a range of modules available:

  • Analysing the High Dependency Care of Children and Young People
  • Care of Patients Receiving a Stem Cell Transplant
  • Development of Multiple Sclerosis Care and Management for Specialist Nurses and Therapists
  • Developing Specialist Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Developing Surgical First Assistance
  • Essential Academic Skills for Study
  • Health Assessment
  • Introduction to Epilepsy Care and Management
  • Introduction to palliative Care and End of Life Care
  • Leading the Implementation of Excellence in Care and Patient Safety
  • Management and Care of the Patient in the Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit
  • Managing Intraoperative Surgical Care
  • Minor Injury
  • Profiling Experiential Learning
  • Rediscovering Essentials of Psychological and Emotional Care
  • Systemic Anti-Cancer Drug Therapy (Chemotherapy): Principles, Practice and Care
  • The Impact of Living With and Beyond Cancer
  • The Individualised Care of Multiple Birth Families from Conception to Year 1
  • Therapeutic Approaches to Working with People Whose Behaviour is Challenging

Postgraduate (Level 7)

Modules will respond to your professional aspirations and 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. 

Promoting Lifelong Health
20 credits

You will explore approaches to health promotion, focusing on taking a holistic strategy of investment in health throughout the lifespan. You will examine barriers and the role of leadership in inspiring and driving attitudinal and behavioural change for individuals and organisations

Depression, Dementia and Delirium: Evidence and Interventions
20 credits

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.

Well-being in the Context of Complex Care
20 credits

You will develop practice which empowers older people with co-morbidities, fostering autonomy, self-care and quality of life throughout the lifespan. You will develop the skills required to challenge, promote and critique interventions aimed at achieving well-being for older people with complex needs.

Research: Methods of Enquiry
20 credits

You will be provided with quantitative and qualitative research methods that will satisfy your learning needs. You will identify a population and sample, consider methods of data collection and analysis, strengthen credibility and apply ethical principles, providing a sound foundation for your final Masters project.

Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health
20 credits

Through a flexible provision, on this module students are inspired to reflect critically upon their individual learning needs as well as their organisations’ practices, to appraise and apply concepts from the literature on leadership, to issues of relevance for their role, organisation and overall programme of study.

This module also focuses on pursuing excellence in leadership and project management principles and encouraging practice-led, applied knowledge for students to lead service improvement and/or policy change effectively and efficiently.

Optional Module
20 credits

Choose from a range of modules available:

  • Analysing the High Dependency Care of Children and Young People
  • Care of Patients Receiving a Stem Cell Transplant
  • Development of Multiple Sclerosis Care and Management for Specialist Nurses and Therapists
  • Developing Specialist Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Developing Surgical First Assistance
  • Essential Academic Development Skills for MSc Level Practice
  • Introduction to Epilepsy Care and Management
  • Introduction to palliative Care and End of Life Care
  • Leading the Implementation of Excellence in Care and Patient Safety
  • Management and Care of the Patient in the Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit
  • Managing Intraoperative Surgical Care
  • Minor Injury
  • Profiling Experiential Learning
  • Rediscovering Essentials of Psychological and Emotional Care
  • Systemic Anti-Cancer Drug Therapy (Chemotherapy): Principles, Practice and Care
  • The Impact of Living With and Beyond Cancer
  • The Individualised Care of Multiple Birth Families from Conception to Year 1
  • Therapeutic Approaches to Working with People Whose Behaviour is Challenging
Research Dissertation
60 credits

For those undertaking MSc only. The dissertation module gives you the opportunity to:

  • Initiate, plan and design an investigation into an academic area of professional practice 
  • Conduct an academic study considering its theoretical underpinning and offer insight into an area of professional practice
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate findings appropriate to the study undertaken
  • Critically reflect on the processes undertaken as part of the study and offer creative solutions for future studies.

Degree (Level 6)

Pathway Level
Level 6 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Promoting Lifelong Healh (LBR6555)
Depression, Dementia and Delirium: Evidence and Interventions (LBR6552)
Well-being in the Context of Complex Care (LBR6550)
Exit Awards
Grad Cert/BSc Professional Practice (Holistic Health in Later Life)

Level 6 - Year 2 (BSc (Hons only)
Using Research Evidence in Practice (LBR6553)
Negotiated Study (LBR6547)
Optional Module
BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Holistic Health in Later Life)

Postgraduate (Level 7)

Pathway Level
Level 7 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Promoting Lifelong Health (LBR7506)
Depression, Dementia and Delirium: Evidence and Interventions (LBR7504)
Well-being in the Context of Complex Care (LBR7501)
Exit Awards
PG Cert Professional Practice (Holistic Health in Later Life)

Level 7 - Year 2
Research: Methods of Enquiry (LBR7339)
Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health (LBR7399)
Optional Module
PG Dip Professional Practice (Holistic Health in Later Life)

Level 7 - Year 3
Research Dissertation
MSc Professional Practice (Holistic Health in Later Life)

Number of hours in the classroom per week

The pathway will run one day (five hours taught face to face) per week over the academic year. 

The pathway is designed to meet your needs as health and social care professionals specialising in work with older people. The modules are designed to develop holistic consideration of the experiences of older people in the context of their lives, relationships and communities.

Teaching and assessment strategies aim to facilitate development of a repertoire of therapeutic and creative interventions to address the complexity of issues that people face in later life. Development of professional and academic abilities will empower you to apply your learning to practice for the benefit of your service users. Completion of the pathway will enhance professional expertise and confidence.

Examples of classroom activities 

Throughout the pathway you will be working in small groups, solving practice related problems. We will use games, film and simulations to explore issues and deepen learning.

The assessments are designed to be career enhancing while also empowering you to influence other peoples’ practice.

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Course dates

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

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The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

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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 some of the best learning facilities in the UK.

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.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.

Computer Facilities

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

Senior Lecturer

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 examines the training needs of nurses working in nursing homes and approaches to teaching dementia care in order to change practice. She is also part of a collaborative project aiming to develop evidence based personal advice for people who may be at higher risk of developing dementia. 

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.

Course Enquiries

For any course enquiries please contact the Holistic Health in Later Life Pathway Leader, Catharine Jenkins on:

International Enquiries

If you are an international student please contact the international office for more information on entry requirements:

Professional Navigator

The Professional Practice Programme consists of a selection of modules that can be studied on their own or as part of an award. For help in deciding which modules to study or your outcome award please contact our Professional Navigators on navigator@bcu.ac.uk 

Professional practice routes

Have a look at all of our professional practice healthcare routes available.

Professional Practice Routes

UK prospective students:

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+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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