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Working with Older People (Graduate Certificate)

Course Description

This programme is designed for health, social work and social care professionals, and those staff involved in the care of older people employed by voluntary and private care organisations. It is also ideal for those who aspire to work in such areas, offering a focused qualification in working with the older person.

About the programme

You will extend your knowledge, understanding and skills to support and meet the needs of the changing experience of the person who is becoming older and frailer. Learning will be facilitated by lecturing staff with extensive knowledge about the older person from diverse perspectives and with contributions from experts in health, social care, third and voluntary sectors.

Your learning

Health and Social Influences – examines the changing demographic profile; positive images of ageing and the experience of becoming older

Assessment and Care Approaches – addresses the assessment and management of the older person’s care needs

Care Improvement – explores the continued improvement of older peoples’ services and health and social care practice

Our Careers Adviser says

The programme is for professionals wishing to extend their knowledge, understanding and skills to support and meet the needs of the changing experience of the person who is becoming older. Further study options are available including Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc qualifications in Later Life Studies, Health Studies, Advancing Practice (Nursing) and Vulnerability.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our campuses are equipped with artificial simulated environments with contemporary healthcare technology, where you’ll learn in a realistic context, to put your knowledge into practice. The unpredictability of patient symptoms are mimicked using sophisticated software in a clinical ward setting, ranging from low to high dependency beds.

Investment in the Domus Initiative – an older adult artificial home environment – provides you with experience in caring for older people and dementia care. In a first for the Scottish university sector, we have established A Community Orientated Resource for Nursing (ACORN) where students can practice within a simulated primary care environment.

Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses also provide midwifery students with excellent learning and teaching environments with facilities and equipment that includes a birthing room with maternal simulator and a birthing pool for simulated water births.

Life-changing research

We work jointly with a range of partners, both nationally and internationally, on our research interests, and this directly informs teaching at UWS – which means that you’ll learn from the experts.

Our programmes are informed by practice and all of our academic staff are members of the School’s Institute of Healthcare Policy and
Practice. Some of our most recent initiatives include –

• the launch of a new resource, ‘Jenny’s Diary’, which will provide an invaluable tool for families and practitioners to help people with a learning disability understand their diagnosis of dementia

• the development of a new ‘Philosophy of Care’ in partnership with Broomfield Court Care Home in Glasgow, which will look at ways of enhancing the culture and care within a care setting

• we have collaborated with Ayrshire Hospice to launch the first University Hospice in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with life-limiting illness, their families, partners and carers across Ayrshire & Arran; and Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock, with it becoming a University Teaching Hospice and launching a two-year research project with the University aimed at revolutionising the way palliative
care is delivered to improve the patient journey

• the launch of Dumfries & Galloway Recovery College – the first of its kind in Scotland – which offers short courses designed to enhance self-belief, identify ambitions and encourage learning

• in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Edinburgh, the mental health team lead research into the relationship between emotional intelligence and clinical and academic performance in student nurses

• we are working with the Glasgow Improving Cancer Journey Programme to evaluate this groundbreaking intervention in cancer care in Scotland

• we have launched a new state-of-the-art microbiology lab which will form a research base in the fight against Healthcare Associated Infection

• a collaboration with a number of European partners to develop shared academic and practicebased programmes to prepare family health nurses in Europe

Visit the Working with Older People (Graduate Certificate) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Candidates will normally be prepared to degree level or equivalent. Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications

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