Advanced Care of the Older Person
Attendance mode: Part-time
Start date: September
Faculty of Health Studies
The programme aims to develop nurse leaders who are recognised experts in the care of older people who have national influence and are able to drive change so that the care of older people is compassionate, safe, person centred and of the highest possible quality.
It is suitable for healthcare professionals working in the area of older person care in senior clinical roles, leadership/management roles or with aspirations to move into roles of this nature. The programme offers you the opportunity to apply knowledge to your own area of older person clinical practice.
Students undertaking the Advanced Care of the Older Person programme will develop the skills in complex reasoning, critical thinking and analysis required to undertake these roles in relation to the care of the older person. Students have the opportunity to develop skills in the critical application of research, and undertake their own research in the care of the older person.
Learning and teaching is designed to equip you with skills in using a range of information, data, tools and techniques to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes as well as demonstrate impact and value. You will also have the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of the physical and mental health needs of your client group, to gain a critical awareness of your role in the treatment and management of common physical health conditions related to the ageing process and to advance good practice in the physical and mental health care of the older person within your field of practice. There is a focus on service improvement, patient safety, risk assessment and risk management within a clinical governance context.
Those working in clinical areas in the UK can choose to develop clinical competencies in caring for the older person, working with a mentor in practice, supervised by experienced academics. Those working in non-clinical roles or those not employed in Uk healthcare will have the opportunity to reflect on the skills needed to develop their specific role in caring for an older person.
The curriculum offers the choice of optional modules. Your Personal Academic Tutor will discuss your optional module choice with you and advise regarding suitability in respect of your learning and practice in care of the older person.
The School of Nursing in the Faculty of Health Studies is a provider of high quality education and training, tailored to meet the needs of the healthcare workforce and service users. The University of Bradford ranked 6th in the country for Nursing and Midwifery in the Guardian University league tables 2016.
The Faculty of Health Studies has an exciting research profile which focuses on research themes that have a direct impact on the quality of care provision, including dementia, service improvement, inclusion and diversity, patient safety and end of life care. Our research is locally and internationally significant, undertaken in collaboration with NHS and other partners. Our REF 2014 (Research Excellence Framework) results were outstanding with 92% of our research classified as 4*(World Leading) or 3* (Internationally Excellent). 100% of our research was judged as world leading or internationally excellent.
As a student on the MSc Advanced Care of the Older Person programme you will have the opportunity to develop skills in the critical application of research and undertake your own research in the care of the older person.
- Current professional registration.
- English language IELTS 6.5
- First degree in an appropriate subject or able to demonstrate ability to study at level 7
Applicants with significant experience will also be considered.
Pg Certificate award
- Advanced Care of the Older Person (30 credits, Level 7)
- Quality and Service Improvement (30 credits, Level 7)
Pg Diploma award
- Choice of module from the SSPRD framework to meet professional needs (30 credits, Level 7)
- Preparing for systematic review OR Preparing for primary research or Leadership for advanced practitioners (30 credits, Level 7)
- Pursuing a Work Based Dissertation OR Pursuing Primary Research OR Pursuing a Systematic Review (60 credits, Level 7)
Learning activities and assessment
For all students undertaking this programme the core modules provide specialist knowledge in relation to the care of older person, leadership and quality improvement.
You will enhance your knowledge and skills related to many aspects of caring for the older person including advanced communication skills, assessment skills for health and social care needs, mental health, ageing with long term conditions, medicines optimisation, end of life care and pain management.
You will also consider complex case management across health and social care to include person centred care, safe-guarding, Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and working with families.
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
This is a priority area for development identified by HEYH, reflecting a growing elderly population in the UK and overseas.
It offers opportunity for practitioners to develop as leaders in the care of older people, becoming experts in the field, influencing policy and driving change.
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.
Students applying to study a Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (SSPRD) module or programme, and who work for an approved provider in the Yorkshire and Humber region, may be able to access funding through Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber Contract for the cost of their course fees. This funding is subject to availability.
Students who wish to apply for the above funding will need to provide a funding letter from their employer (on a letterhead) confirming their employment in that organisation and that their employer supports their studies.
Alternatively, please complete one of the funding forms attaching a compliment slip or stamp to verify employer support as part of the application process:
Please be aware that employer support does not guarantee the availability of funding.
How do I find out more?
Steps to Postgraduate Study
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How to apply
The easiest way to apply is online.
- Apply for 2016/17 courses (September 2016 – July 2017 start dates)
- Apply for 2017/18 courses (September 2017 – July 2018 start dates)
- Apply for 2018/19 courses (September 2018 – July 2019 start dates)
This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.
If you are unable to apply online, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a paper application form.
We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:
- Degree certificates/transcripts
- Research proposal (if required)
- Two references (including one academic reference)
- Evidence of English language level (if required)
- A copy of your passport
Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.
You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.
This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.