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Mental Health and the Older Person – Dementia, Delirium and Depression - Level 6 - AC6600

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About this course

This course is part of Continuing Workforce Development for NHS practitioners. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the application form and gain authorisation from an appropriate decision maker within the NHS before sending it back to us.

Please note this module offers a variety of intake dates. Submit your application for the default month, which appears on the book now page, and indicate your preferred intake in the personal statement section from the date(s) listed in the orange box on this page. Your programme support team will be in touch to confirm your actual start date in due course. For further queries, please contact us by emailing

This module will give you a critical insight into the mental health of older people, with a particular focus on the main demographically/epidemiologically prevalent issues of dementia, delirium and depression. As the ethos of the module is maintaining personhood, you will examine strategies for maximising independence, choice and mental well-being and develop a critical awareness of relationship-centred approaches.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Mental health and the older person
  • Dementia, delirium and depression
  • Contexts of care, environment and the therapeutic milieu
  • Recovery, wellbeing and holism
  • Behaviour that challenges
  • Mental capacity and consent
  • Person-centred care and relationship-centred care

Learn from the Best

Designed by a multi-professional team including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Midwives, Social Care Staff and Medical practitioners our range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in NHS North East.

Northumbria is the principal provider of nurse education in the North East of England and was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) for three consecutive years by Student Nursing Times.

We have excellent relationships with partner services in health, social care and social work and our range of CPD provision supports practitioners and managers to engage in professional learning and then examine how this can be integrated in the practice arena.


Teaching and Assessment

You will learn through a combination of interactive lectures, seminars and workshops. You will also undertake directed study and use the e-learning portal.

Assessment will consist of a case study (essay) focussed on an older person which will allow you to explore different perspectives on mental health and wellbeing. You will be required to evaluate a range of strategies and approaches with regard to their potential and actual effectiveness.


Learning Environment

This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your CPD course.


Research-rich Learning

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).


Give Your Career an Edge

As well as enhancing your CV, this course will enable you to use the intellectual and theoretical skills gained to develop your practice in the area of Older Person’s Mental Health.


Your Future

This accredited module can count towards the BSc (Hons) in Practice Development (20 credits). 

Course info

Award Type 20 Credit, Level 6

Delivery Method Blend of Lectures, Discussions and Seminars

Sector Healthcare Public Health

Study Mode Classroom-Based

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start January 2018

This course would suit practitioners involved in the health or social care of older people, who are interested in enhancing their practice in the area of older persons’ mental health.

Previous evidence of level 5 study. The student should work professionally with older people, who may have mental health needs.

Aims of Module

To enable those working with older people, in health and social care and community settings, to develop a critical understanding of the impact of the dementias, delirium and depression.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module the practitioner will be able to:

1. Critically analyse the nature and impact of the dementias, delirium and depression as experienced by older people.

2. Evaluate the effectiveness of strategies to promote well-being and independence.

3. Debate issues concerning practice development

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