Well-being in the Context of Complex Care - 20 Credits - Module

  • Course Code: LBR6550, LBR7501
  • Level: CPD
  • Starting: February 2020
  • Study mode: Part Time (1 day per week for 3 months)
  • Location: City South

This module will deepen your understanding of a range of long term conditions, facilitating insight into the experiences and priorities of older people with multi-morbidity and supporting you to develop practice which empowers older people, fostering autonomy, self-care, and quality of life throughout the lifespan.  

What's covered in the course?

This module will offer the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, problem solving and reflection.  This module aligns with the Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice led.  A blended learning approach is taken (incorporating both classroom and online activities via Moodle).

You will build on your strengths by working together in interdisciplinary groups, in active engaging learning experiences and will be encouraged to think critically and share practical experiences with fellow students as well as engaging in directed and self-directed learning activities based around realistic complex case studies. You will develop the professional and academic skills required to challenge, promote and critique interventions aimed at achieving well-being for older people with complex needs.

The course is facilitated by Bernie Keenan, a Senior Lecturer in the faculty who has extensive clinical experience in this field and has a range of journal publications in this area in addition to co-authoring the book “Dementia care at a glance”

Why Choose Us?

  • Advance your levels of practice in dementia care.
  • Improve your ability to apply evidence to practice.
  • Enhance your ability to contribute to improving the well-being of individuals and communities.
  • Enhance your career development
  • Address the learning requirements for re-validation at a prestigious University

Credits

This course is worth...

20 credits

Fees

This course costs...

£680 per 20-credit module

This course is open to International students

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Module Feb 2020 PT 1 day per week for 3 months £680 per 20-credit module

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. 

Entry requirements

The module is aimed at Graduate Health Care Professionals who provide specialised services for older people or who have an interest in the care of older people.

Level 6

Module Description
20 credits

Older people are the fastest growing age group. However, although we are living longer, this unfortunately does not mean we are healthier and 2.9 million people are expected to be living with three or more long term conditions by 2018 (The Kings Fund 2015). Better quality care and more effective management of long-term conditions is a key national priority.

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 of a range of long-term conditions, facilitating insight into the experiences and priorities of older people with multi-morbidity and supporting you to develop practice which empowers older people, fostering autonomy, self-care and quality of life throughout the lifespan.

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.

You will build on your strengths by learning together in interdisciplinary groups, in active, engaging learning experiences and will be encouraged to collaborate in deepening your understanding of multimorbidity and effective health and social care responses. Much of this learning will be based around realistic, complex case studies. You will be invited to contribute to these case stories according to your own professional experiences and learning needs. This learning approach will develop the professional and academic skills required to challenge, promote and critique interventions aimed at achieving well-being for older people with complex needs.

Level 7

Module Description
20 credits

Older people are the fastest growing age group. However, although we are living longer, this unfortunately does not mean we are healthier and 2.9 million people are expected to be living with three or more long term conditions by 2018 (The Kings Fund 2015). Better quality care and more effective management of long-term conditions is a key national priority. Recent reports suggest that people with long term conditions feel that the health care system is not able to meet multiple and complex needs well. This module will deepen your’ understanding of a range of long-term conditions, facilitating insight into the experiences and priorities of older people with multi-morbidity and supporting you to work creatively, generating innovative interventions and leading colleagues so as to improve practice.

The module is aimed at predominantly graduate Healthcare Practitioners who provide specialised services for older people. This module will further develop your abilities to provide excellent standards of care, based on a sound evidence and values base and will enhance your practice by deepening your understanding of a range of long term conditions.

You will build on your strengths by learning together in interdisciplinary groups, in active, engaging learning experiences and will be encouraged to collaborate in deepening your understanding of multimorbidity and effective health and social care responses. You will develop creative, original interventions that are designed around the needs of your own practice area and service users. You will be challenged and supported through the process of writing about your own practice innovation with the aim of facilitating publishing a journal article.

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.

This approach will develop the professional and academic skills required to promote, challenge and critique interventions aimed at achieving well-being for older people with complex needs and to influence the practice of others. Participation in the module will develop your ability to synthesise application of evidence to care, empowering advanced levels of practice and enhancing the well-being of individuals and communities.

Course Structure

This course is of a 3 month duration and the teaching and learning incorporates:

  • Online discussions and formal feedback
  • Interactive lectures, these will also be available as recordings on the Moodle site
  • Group discussions and formative written work on each subject will be completed online

Attendance

  • One day per week for 3 months
  • 09.30-16.30
  • Plus online and reading time 

Employability

This course will not only contribute to your practice but will enhance your ability to apply for more senior roles within this speciality. You will also be encouraged to publish the assignment that you complete as part of the assessment process, which will further develop your potential for more advanced roles.

Course dates

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Assessment 

  • 3000 written assignment

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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 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.

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

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