Developing the Specialist Skills to care for the needs of the Frail Older Person

The aim of this module is to explore the unique characteristics of frailty in older people. Using a ‘Frailty Cycle’ model as the focus, it is designed to help the student to identify the stressor events that contribute to the multifactorial origins of frailty and their interplay. The student will then be able to apply this model as a tool in accurately assessing and supporting the needs and care of their patients using appropriate therapeutic interventions.

The taught content of the module will examine the physical, psychological, sexual and social issues in getting old, and how any or all of these can cause an increased susceptibility to becoming frail. Students, in examining society’s values and attitudes to ageing and the political and socio-economic environment of health and social care, will evaluate how these factors can impact on the journey of the frail older person. The student will be encouraged to examine the importance of their leadership role in identifying when practice needs to improve and to support changes that improve patient outcomes.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of a complex body of knowledge and research in frailty in the older person to enhance clinical practice. (Assignment)
  2. Evaluate the effectiveness of current practice in the provision of health care to older people with frailty and identify changes required. (Assignment and Poster)
  3. Explore and contextualise the values and beliefs which influence the provision of health care to older people with frailty. (Assignment)
  4. Identify how psycho-social and economic factors can impact on the frail older persons care delivery. ( Assignment and Poster)
  5. Critically examine how leadership can support service improvement for the frail older person. (Assignment).

How to apply

Online Application Forms and Guidance Information

Key information

Module Category: PCPH
Module Code: 3551
Module Credits: 30
Module Level: 6

Module leader

Martin Deighton/Deb Dowsett


2019 timetable:

Pre-course event: Wednesday 25 September, 9am-12.30pm, EMH 6.11

Wednesday 2 October (five hours)

Wednesday 9 October (six hours)

Wednesday 16 October (five hours)

Wednesday 23 October (five hours)

Wednesday 6 November (four hours)

Wednesday 13 November (four hours)

Wednesday 20 November (six hours)

Wednesday 27 November (five hours)

Wednesday 4 December (five hours)


2000-word assignment

  • Weighting: 50%
  • Final assessment: Yes
  • Minimum threshold mark: 40%
  • Essential component: Yes
  • Anonymously marked: Yes

Poster presentation (15 minutes plus five minutes for questions)

  • Weighting: 50%
  • Final assessment: Yes
  • Minimum threshold mark: Pass/fail
  • Essential component: Yes
  • Anonymously marked: No

Anonymous marking exemption codes: 1: Individually distinct work, 2: Reflection on development of own work, 3: Presentation, 4: individually negotiated work, 5: work placement/experience/assessment.

Assessment notes

The assignment (justification of the poster), will test both the student’s knowledge and understanding of frailty using the concepts of the frailty cycle and stressor events, and their understanding of how resources can be used to optimise care and improve outcomes for the older frail person.

The poster will test the student’s understanding of frailty by identification of an aspect of care delivery that is deficient and offering a robust proposal for service enhancement that is designed to improve patient outcomes.

Expected methods of delivery

Please include learning, teaching and assessment activity hours for the module in this section. The below is an illustrative example for a 15 credit module:

  • Lecture, 60 hours
  • Seminar, 10 hours
  • Practical, 10 hours
  • Self-directed study, 60 hours
  • Assessment, 160 hours

A list of the learning and teaching activities which can be included is available in the guidance on the Department of Academic Quality web pages.

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