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Assessment and management of frailty in ageing adults (STAND ALONE ONLINE)

This stand-alone module was approved on 31 October 2019 by Trinity’s Graduate Studies Committee (GS/19-20/326). The module is coordinated by the Discipline of Medical Gerontology in the School of Medicine and is offered to external applicants. The module can continue to be taken as standalone.

Key facts

Award: Certificate of Attendance (5 ECTS*) NCQ Level 9
Term schedule: over Semester 1 (September - January)
Intake: September (once a year)
Closing date for applications: end of June
Number of available places: 20
Location: Online
(*European Credit Transfer System)

Entry Requirements

  • 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

Module co-ordinator

Learning Outcomes At the end of the module you will be able to:
  • Describe the concept of frailty in ageing adults.
  • Recognise the biological underpinnings of frailty in ageing adults.
  • Differentiate the various methods for identifying frailty in ageing adults.
  • Identify the relevance and importance of the assessment of frailty in healthcare settings.
  • Outline the principles of comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) in the management of frailty and geriatric syndromes.
  • Describe the application of CGA for the management of frailty in specialty scenarios (e.g. surgery, oncology).
  • Describe the application of CGA for the management of frailty in special patient groups (e.g. HIV, intellectual disabilities).

Module delivery

Online learning:

  • 10 (2‐hour) taught sessions
  • 75 hours of independent study
  • Sessions will be on Tuesdays 3-5pm (term time) Irish Standard Time)


  • Attendance to lectures
  • Coursework marked by name: 3,000‐word reflective assignment on how the identification, assessment and management of frailty adds value to a practice scenario

Compulsory elements: attendance to 80% of the taught lectures and submission of 3,000‐word assignment
Pass mark: 50%

Course Fees

External Tuition fee: See for further information

How to apply

To apply send a brief letter of motivation and CV to:
Ms. Siobhan Hedigan  
Executive Officer, Medical Gerontology 


On acceptance to the module, online registration details will be provided to successful applicants.