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

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....

  • Level CPD
  • Study mode Short Course
  • Location City South
  • School School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

Overview

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.

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this 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

Studying with us during the Covid-19 pandemic

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses. Should the impact of the pandemic continue in future years, any additional or alternative arrangements put in place by the University will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

Fees & How to Apply

Please select your student status to view fees and apply
  • UK Student
  • International Student

UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation based on the Retail Prices Index and the additional costs we incur each year to deliver our courses, maintain and develop our infrastructure and provide a range of support services, or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: Module

Starting: Jan 2023

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 6 weeks
  • £756 per 20-credit module

International students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation based on the Retail Prices Index and the additional costs we incur each year to deliver our courses, maintain and develop our infrastructure and provide a range of support services, or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: Module

Starting: Jan 2023

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 6 weeks
  • £756 per 20-credit module

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. 

Course in Depth

Level 6

The most common mental health problems that affect older people are often known as the ‘3Ds’. Depression, dementia and delirium disproportionately impact on the health of older people and challenge practitioners 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 you will explore current thinking and practice with a view to developing 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.

This module aligns with the Professional Practice Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led, developing knowledgeable practitioners who are able to provide excellent standards of care, based on a sound evidence and values base. You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving. A blended learning approach is taken (incorporating both classroom and online activities via Moodle) in line with the university’s learning and teaching strategy. 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 feedforward 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. The group will learn about therapeutic interventions which can be applied in everyday practice. The module will also support you in developing the academic skills required to challenge, promote and critique interventions aimed at improving the mental health of older people.

This module is aimed at health and social care practitioners who specialise in providing services for older people and who wish to enhance their practice by deepening their understanding of common mental health problems and the application of evidence based interventions that empower older people, family members and staff.

Level 7

The most common mental health problems that affect older people are often known as the ‘3Ds’. Depression, dementia and delirium disproportionately impact on the health of older people and challenge health care practitioners 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 you 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.

This module aligns with the Professional Practice Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led. You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving. A blended learning approach is taken (incorporating both classroom and online activities via Moodle) in line with the university’s learning and teaching strategy. 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 feedforward aimed at developing your academic skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team.

The module is aimed at predominantly graduate Healthcare Practitioners, further developing your abilities to provide excellent standards of care, based on a sound evidence and values base. You will be encouraged to contribute to the learning of your peers, collaborating in deepening understanding of multi-morbidity and effective health and social care responses, incorporating service user perspectives when planning care. The group will learn about therapeutic interventions which can be applied in everyday practice. The module will also support you in developing the academic skills required to challenge, promote and critique interventions aimed at improving the mental health of older people

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.

International

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

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:

Facilities & Staff

 

Our Facilities

Our School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at our City South campus in leafy Edgbaston.

We’ve spent £41million expanding our facilities at City South. These facilities offer hands-on practical experience, replicating the spaces you will come across in professional practice.

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that you learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. Alongside physical spaces such as a mock operating theatre and wards, we also make use of online and virtual technology, such as our virtual ward and virtual case creator.

See more of our skills facilities at City South

Centre for Skills and Simulation

The Centre for Skills and Simulation offers a range of different spaces which replicate situations that you will encounter in practice. These include hospital wards, an operating theatre and a home environment room.

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. The hospital wards can be adapted from low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

The home environment room is the perfect space for teaching communications skills and allows us to simulate a community setting for our students. It is particularly useful for mental health nurses, learning disability nurses and midwives.

Simulation Manikins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and simulation babies (SIM babies) which are anatomically correct manikins 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 manikins contain software which replicates real symptoms, and can manipulate indicators such as blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM man can even ‘talk’ to the students as they are treating him, to add another dimension to learning.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building has two open-access IT Suites which offer PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. There is also an IT Helpdesk for quick and easy help with your computing or internet issues.

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.

In addition to desktop PCs, we also offer a laptop loan facility, allowing students to borrow a laptop for up to six hours while on campus.

Our staff

Dr Catharine Jenkins

Reader in Dementia Care

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 currently the Deputy Programme Lead for the BSc Nursing (Mental Health) programme.  Catharine...

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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...

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Enquiries

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.