Promoting Lifelong Health - 20 credits - Module

  • Course Code: LBR6555, LBR7506
  • Level: CPD
  • Starting: October 2019
  • Study mode: Short Course (6 weeks)
  • Location: City South

Empowerment for self-management of health can reduce risk and postpone development of long-term conditions. Societal and environmental factors can similarly influence health outcomes and contribute towards ‘compressed morbidity’, where an individual delays ill-health and disability towards the end of life, rather than living with chronic long-term conditions and reduced quality of life.  This module is for professionals who want to provide health promoting interventions that can empower older people to live longer, healthier lives.

What's covered in the course?

The module will develop your abilities to provide effective health promotion interventions, based on a sound evidence and values base and therapeutic techniques including motivational interviewing and solution focused practice. You will be encouraged to contribute to the learning of your peers, collaborating in deepening understanding of psycho-social analyses of dynamics that undermine health, while also learning about and practising evidence-based interventions that can empower older people to positively manage their own health.

The module will also support you in developing the academic skills required to challenge, promote and critique different approaches to health promotion. You will be taught by staff with extensive practice expertise in working with older people with mental and physical health problems, who are involved in current research and have recent publications in nursing journals. The module will involve a range of active learning approaches to support and extend your knowledge base, understanding, and critical thinking. The module will be taught at the City South campus.                

Why Choose Us?

  • Learn from specialists with extensive cross-field clinical and research experience
  • Learn with fellow professionals through active learning approaches that receive consistent positive evaluations
  • Learn techniques that will be valuable in supporting your own and your families’ well-being, in addition to enhancing your professional practice
  • Take part in a creative assessment which could lead to publication in a relevant practice journal

Credits

This course is worth...

20 credits

Fees

This course costs...

£680 per 20-credit module

This course is not open to International students

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Module Oct 2019 SC 6 weeks £680 per 20-credit module

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

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How to apply

Once dates for this course have been confirmed you will be able to apply online. If you are interested in this course please contact the module leader: Catharine.Jenkins@bcu.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

The module is suitable for qualified health or social care professionals with Diploma or degree qualifications, working as practitioners or in leadership roles. The module is also open to ‘experts by experience’ who would be prepared to study at level 6 or 7.

Level 6

Module Description
20 credits

Empowerment for self-management of health can reduce risk and postpone development of long-term conditions. Societal and environmental factors can similarly influence health outcomes and contribute towards ‘compressed morbidity’, where an individual delays ill-health and disability towards the end of life, rather than living with chronic long-term conditions and reduced quality of life.

There has been an increase in life expectancy of around thirty years since the beginning of the 20th century and while increased lifespan can result in more people experiencing chronic diseases, it is possible for older people to both delay disability and to live well with chronic illnesses. Simple changes to health related behaviour have an impact on reducing risk and delaying the onset of chronic conditions such as heart disease. Maintaining social connections is protective against depression. Psychoneuroimmunology theory suggests that psychosocial factors, the nervous system and immune system are linked, with implications for development of interventions that target social, psychological and physical well-being for communities and individuals.

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 promoting health and empowering their clients. The module will enable you to 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.

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 purpose of the module is to facilitate your application of knowledge and understanding so as to achieve excellent outcomes in professional practice. You will be equipped to use your professional and academic skills to challenge, develop, promote and critique interventions aimed at promoting well- BCU Module Specification V1.01 2018/19 18/09/18 being in later life and will be able to take your learning forwards in leading future initiatives according to the needs of your roles.

Level 7

Module Description
20 credits

Empowerment for self-management of health can reduce risk and postpone development of long-term conditions. Societal and environmental factors can similarly influence health outcomes and contribute towards ‘compressed morbidity’, where an individual delays ill-health and disability towards the end of life, rather than living with chronic long-term conditions and reduced quality of life.

There has been an increase in life expectancy of around thirty years since the beginning of the 20th century and while increased lifespan can result in more people experiencing chronic diseases, it is possible for older people to both delay disability and to live well with chronic illnesses. Simple changes to health related behaviour have an impact on reducing risk and delaying the onset of chronic conditions such as heart disease. Maintaining social connections is protective against depression. Psychoneuroimmunology theory suggests that psychosocial factors, the nervous system and immune system are linked, with implications for development of interventions that target social, psychological and physical well-being for communities and individuals.

This module is aimed at predominantly graduate health and social care practitioners who specialise in providing services for older people and who wish to enhance their practice by promoting health and empowering their clients. The module will enable you to 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.

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 purpose of the module is to facilitate your application of knowledge understanding and leadership skills so as to achieve and influence excellent outcomes in professional practice. You will build on your strengths by learning together in interdisciplinary groups, in active, engaging learning experiences and will be encouraged to collaborate in working towards your personal and professional goals. You will be equipped to use your professional and academic skills to challenge, develop, promote and critique interventions aimed at promoting well-being in later life and will be able to take your learning forwards in leading future initiatives according to your roles and aspirations.

Course structure

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 feed forward aimed at developing your academic skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team.

Attendance

The module will involve attendance each Wednesday for six weeks, with 6 hours of classroom based learning per week, plus independent and guided study.

Assessment

At level 6 you will be assessed using a written assignment (3000 words) in which you are asked to analytically evaluate an initiative or intervention that you design to address change for an individual, team or community

At level 7 you will be asked to prepare and present a poster, analysing and evaluating an empowering intervention for life-long health.

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Catharine Jenkins

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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.

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