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Assessment and management of frailty in ageing adults

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.

Key facts

Award: Certificate of Attendance (5 ECTS*) NCQ Level 9
Duration: 15 weeks
Term schedule: over Michaelmas and Hilary terms
(September to April)
Next Intake: September 2020
Closing date for applications: 31 July 2020
Number of available places: 20
Location: Trinity College Dublin and Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing in St James’s Hospital, Dublin
(*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

  • Prof. Roman Romero‐ Ortuno, Associate Professor in Medical Gerontology, School of Medicine; Consultant Physician, St James’s Hospital.
Module teaching staff include
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

Face-to-face learning:


  • Attendance to lectures
  • Attendance to practical sessions
  • 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, attendance to both practical sessions and submission of 3,000‐word assignment
Pass mark: 50%

Course Fees

External Tuition fee: €1,295 (EU) / €2,595 (non‐ EU)

How to apply

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


Frailty Module Lecture Schedule 2020-2021 (PDF 127 kB)

Closing date for applications: 31 July 2020

Places are limited to 20

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