An Integrated Approach to Frailty
The module considers assets-based and outcome-focused approaches to frailty incorporating issues affecting people in later life, including the oldest-old. Students will develop awareness of the experiences of the person experiencing frailty, their family and carers in a range of cultures and contexts, and will critically reflect on approaches to assessment and prevention. This includes evidence based interventions and models that promote wellbeing, independence and ongoing social participation.
Taking an assets-based approach to frailty appears contradictory in the knowledge that frailty is the most common condition leading to death among the population of people aged over 80. Yet, we know that frailty is not an inevitable consequence of ageing and can be delayed or prevented. This module will enable students to understand the experiences of the frail older person in a range of cultures and contexts and to reflect on assessment, prevention and enabling interventions.
A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant relevant work/life experience are encouraged to contact the Course Director to discuss further before making an application.
Experience of supporting older people in a health, social care, social work or third sector/Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) is recommended.
Please note: this course is entirely online. Students from overseas opting to study online do not need to apply for a Student visa.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 176 with minimum of 169 in each skill
- Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 with minimum 169 in each skill
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
- IBT TOEFL 90 with no subtest less than 20
For more information go to English language requirements.
If you don’t meet the required score and are UK based, you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.
A flexible payment scheme is operated by the University to support students who are self-funding.
The learning outcomes for this module are:
- LO1: Ability to critically debate current and emerging issues related to the definition of frailty.
- LO2: Advanced understanding of the evidence base related to frailty framed within an integrated health and social care context.
- LO3: Critically apply the concept of frailty to defined risk and opportunity associated with ageing.
- LO4: Demonstrate advanced knowledge of preventative strategies in health and social care in order to achieve the best outcome for the person experiencing frailty and their family.
Structure and content
Content in the module includes:
- Definitions, models and assessment of frailty
- Assessment and evaluation of frailty
- Preventative and enabling approaches to frailty (including approaches to risk and falls)
- Principal theories, standards of care and policy directives that influence identification and management of frailty from a medical and a social care perspective
- Optimising the function of the person experiencing frailty (including younger people and the oldest-old)
- Understanding lived experiences of frailty
- Recognising frailty in an emergency situation (including delirium and intermediate care principles)
Delivery and assessment
The module is delivered entirely online.
There is one assessment in two parts:
- Contribution to two assessed online discussions linked to definitions of frailty, 15% submitted at any time during the module
- 3000 word essay submitted at the end of the module, 85%
Professor Catherine Hennessy
This course equips students with the knowledge and skills that they can utilise within their professional practice and workplace, including health, social care and third sectors/NGO. Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of health and social care needs of older people and solutions to enhance care. They will also have the opportunity to gain a range of transferable skills relevant to their professional careers.