|Course Title||Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Ageing and Frailty Studies|
|Qualification||PG Certificate, NFQ: Level 9; Special Purpose Award|
|Duration||One year part-time (online Only)|
|Next Intake||September annually|
The Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Ageing and Frailty Studies is a 30 ECTS course directed towards a wide range of health-care professionals, including medicine, nursing and allied health disciplines, who wish to improve their knowledge and inform their clinical practice in the area of frailty. The Discipline of Medical Gerontology in Trinity has a wealth of expertise in ageing biology, clinical frailty assessment and management, and in frailty research. We have built on this expertise to create a Postgraduate Certificate that focuses on understanding the ageing process, how dysregulation of physiological systems can lead to frailty, and why these frailty-associated physiological changes leave the older adult more vulnerable to additional morbidity and mortality. This Postgraduate Certificate will also deliver significant content related to how to assess and manage the frail older adult in a clinical setting, including clinical training sessions. Furthermore, graduates of this Postgraduate Certificate will experience how to apply this theoretical and clinical knowledge to a research setting and learn how this research translates back to a clinical setting. The course will expand students’ knowledge and skills in the management of older adults experiencing frailty, using a range of teaching and assessments methods. This will give students the opportunity to produce assessed work which is highly relevant to the clinical environment and which develops independent life‐long learning skills. The course has four modules; (i) The Biology of the Ageing Process (10 ECTS), (ii) Frailty in Ageing Adults (5 ECTS), (iii) Frailty in Ageing Adults: Clinical Practice (5 ECTS), and (iv) Quantitative Analytical Tools for Ageing and Frailty (10 ECTS). The course is taught by the Discipline of Medical Gerontology within the School of Medicine online-only through the College Virtual Learning Environment.
On successful completion of the PGCert, students should be able to:
- Explain how physiological changes during the ageing process leave the body more susceptible to developing age-associated conditions
- List and explain methods of common frailty and geriatric assessment tools and their practical integration through the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment method
- Demonstrate the clinical skills necessary to perform Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment
- Demonstrate ability to apply theoretical and clinical knowledge in a research or quality improvement setting
Mode of Delivery: Online, lectures will be streamed live via Blackboard and/or Zoom.
schedule: Semester 1 (September – December) and Semester 2 (January to May)
Lectures, practicals and assessments will be held on Tuesday afternoons from 3-5pm (Standard Irish Time) and Friday afternoons 2-4pm (Standard Irish Time) during term time.
Module 1: The Biology of the Ageing Process (10 ECTs; Semester 1)
The aim of this module is to provide an overview of what happens to the body during the ageing process. It will provide a general overview to the ageing process and will focus on some of the key mechanisms of ageing. There will be focus on how age-associated physiological changes leave us more susceptible to developing diseases as we age. There will be a focus on biological determinants and stressors that accelerate the ageing process and detail how they exert their effects on the systems of the body. The module will explain the important differences between chronological and biological age and focus on the factors that can influence our rate of ageing. There will be a focus on the immune system and how age-related changes to immunity leads to increased susceptibility to diseases.
The objectives of this module are:
Module 2: Frailty in Ageing Adults (5 ECTs)
The Aims of this module are:
Module 3: Frailty in Ageing Adults: Clinical Practice (5 ECTs)
The aim of this module is to provide an overview of the clinical assessment of key geriatric/frailty syndromes with an emphasis on the practical use of common geriatric assessment tools and their practical integration through the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment method.
This module examines the assessment of four major geriatric syndromes across care settings:
The content of this module will be delivered through practical tutorials and on Friday afternoons (2 – 4pm Irish Standard Time) throughout semester 2.
Module 4: Quantitative Analytical Tools for Ageing and Frailty (10 ECTs; Semester 2)
The Aims of this module are:
Prof. Nollaig Bourke, Ussher Assistant Professor in Inflammageing, Medical Gerontology, School of Medicine, Trinity Translational Medicine Institute, St. James’s Hospital
- Prof. Roman Romero‐ Ortuno, Associate Professor in Medical Gerontology, School of Medicine; Consultant Physician, St James’s Hospital (Course co-Director)
Other key teaching staff: Lectures will also be delivered by clinicians and researchers from the Discipline of Medical Gerontology
- Applicants should have an Honours bachelor’s degree at 2.1 or above in an area of health sciences
- Health or social care professionals working with older adults in any settings. Suitable professionals include doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and allied health and social care professionals. Service managers will also be considered.
- Have a fluent command of the English language.
- Attendance to taught sessions and practicals
- Assignments and/or exams for each module
- The final mark is based on a credit-weighted average of the mark awarded in each module
- Overall pass mark: 50%
For fees information, see https://www.tcd.ie/academicregistry/fees-and-payments/
To apply visit https://www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/courses/advanced-ageing-and-frailty-studies-pgradcert/ (closing date for applications : 25 June 2022)
For informal enquries please contact Ms. Siobhan Hedigan, Executive Officer, Medical Gerontology email: firstname.lastname@example.org