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Medical Science (Frailty and Integrated Care) MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Our population is ageing: This is well recognised, as is the fact that older people, in particular those living with frailty, are best supported through a holistic, person centred and community based approach to care. There is therefore a pressing need to enable primary and community care clinicians to develop the enhanced clinical, managerial and leadership skills required to support the delivery of safe, effective, compassionate and integrated care for older people, unhindered by traditional professional and organisational boundaries.

ABOUT THE COURSE

This course allows students to study the latest concepts in frailty and integrated care, in a multi-professional, multi-agency and community focused context. 

The course covers the definition, epidemiology, concepts and models of frailty in primary care and at transitions of care. It goes on to consider the clinical management of frailty, including specialist clinical interventions, medicines management, and legal and ethical aspects. The course also identifies and addresses key leadership and management themes important in the development, commissioning and management of integrated services for older people with frailty, allowing students to study these crucial concepts in a practically based and interactive manner. 

Acknowledgement

This programme has been developed in collaboration with Shropshire Doctors Co-operative Ltd., GP First and the British Geriatrics Society.

AIMS OF THE COURSE

The aim of the course is to help primary and community care clinicians to develop skills that will motivate, empower and enable them to enhance their contribution to the delivery of high quality and effective integrated care for older people living with frailty in our communities.

Career Development

This course recognises that clinicians require a unique combination of knowledge, skills and experience to support the delivery of enhanced primary and community care services for older people with frailty, particularly in seeking to provide person centred and integrated care that overcomes traditional professional and organisational boundaries.

This course is designed to develop these skills and to empower clinicians to be confident in their holistic approach to the complex issues associated with delivering care to older people with frailty.

Clinicians who complete these course will be ideally placed not only to take on currently available enhanced clinical roles in this area, but also to take up new opportunities emerging through the transformational change in service delivery being driven by the New Care Models and the NHS Five Year Forward View.

It will therefore benefit GPs at any stage of their careers, Nurse Practitioners and Community Matrons in general or specialist roles in Primary Care or Community Trusts and Allied Health Professionals working in this area; in other words, a range of primary and community care clinicians enthusiastic to develop their skills and capabilities in this area.

COURSE CONTENT

The course is divided into modules, and each module is given a credit rating within the national Masters framework. Some of the modules are taught face to face whilst others are partly online or portfolio based. The portfolio-based modules include tutored supervision to guide the student's work.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Science (Frailty and Integrated Care) (60 credits) includes the following modules, studied over the first year:

Upon completion of these modules, students may then progress to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Science (Frailty and Integrated Care) (120 credits). This includes one core module:

And a choice of 45 credits from the following modules (subject to availability):

There are also a number of optional modules within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences for students to take, details of which are available on the postgraduate courses web page https://www.keele.ac.uk/health/postgraduate/individualmodules/

Students wishing to achieve the full Masters in Medical Science (Frailty and Integrated Care) (180 credits) would then go on to complete a 60-credit research dissertation:

This would typically be based on a subject related to the individual’s specialty, or a practice-based project, such as evaluation of changes implemented in a clinical setting, educational projects, or exploration of ethical dilemmas in policy and/or practice. It is expected to be a significant piece of work, and we encourage all students to consider aiming for publication of their findings. Candidates are usually expected to have a local supervisor for their project, but in addition, some educational supervision will also be provided by the award team. Previous experience has shown us that this is an extremely popular component of the Degree. Candidates have often published or presented their dissertation at Regional and National meetings. For some this may be a first step to an MD/DM/PhD and a life dedicated to research.

NB:The Masters Degree must be completed within five years of registration, the Diploma within four years and the Certificate within three years.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT

Students will be taught in an interactive manner, with an opportunity to undertake a work based portfolio to concentrate learning on a specific area of the students' interest. Each of the modules finishes with an assignment which helps to continue the themed learning with the student undertaking an assignment.

Student Support

All students will be allocated a personal tutor who will provide academic guidance and study skills support.


Visit the Medical Science (Frailty and Integrated Care) MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Keele University website for more details!

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