Specialism in Older Peoples Nursing 

Course overview

Building on our already successful Trust Preceptorship Programme –this programme aims to ensure that each nurse is equipped with the most important skills and attitudes that they will need as a nurse in the National Health Service to care safely and compassionately for older people.

This developmental programme also enables a streamlined approached to career development and progression. To this end, a structured educational programme, underpinned by workplace-based competence assessments, support and supervision, and a formal curriculum to guide nurses through their career is provided.

The programme aims to develop and enhance knowledge, skills and behaviours in older people care nursing.  Participants will have the opportunity to develop of leadership and management capabilities  enabling them to improve the quality of older people nursing care.

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Registered nurses with a minimum of 12 months post registration experience who want  to develop skills and expertise in the care of older people

On completion of this module successful participants will be able to:

LO1: Analyse the physiological changes associated with ageing and critically appraise
measures required to enhance health and well-being in older people.

LO2: Identification of own accountability and responsibility and recognising limitations and scope of practice through the application of professional codes and to critically appraise own knowledge, skills and performance using evidence based practice to provide safe, quality and compassionate care for older people.

LO3: Critically evaluate the impact of multi-disciplinary teams input and support with discharge pathways

LO4: Demonstrate your ability and capability to competently carry out a comprehensive assessment of the older person including those with complex health needs and provide appropriate care interventions and monitor care outcomes underpinned by safe clinical judgements and evidenced based decision making

LO5: Demonstrate confidence in leading care within the older person’s clinical practice and using a range of communication skills appropriate for liaising and advocating in partnership with others involved in the care process including service users.

LO6: Manage patients as determined by the standards for safe care based upon national and profession guidelines in this area (NICE 2019, NMC 2018 )

  • Introduction & programme launch; Physiology of ageing
  • Medicines Management & Pharmacology
  • Managing an acutely ill/deteriorating older person
  • Managing Long Term Conditions in the Older Person/ frailty 
  • Assessment and management of: Nutrition & Hydration; Pressure ulcers; Continence; Falls
  •  Research and Evidence – your role; Digital Literacy
  • Skills development and management: Tracheostomy; NGT; Colostomy; PEG feeding: TPN: CVP lines (future nurse standards)
  • Advance care planning & discharge; Dying with Dignity: End of Life care
  • Leading Care: Perspective of role within the MDT

NMAHP Post Graduate Education Team


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