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


About this course

This module is commissioned by Health Education England as part of its continuing workforce development (CWD) portfolio. If you are interested in participating, please complete the application form and gain authorisation from your Line Manager and your Trust Training Coordinator.

To apply please make a note of the module start month, click on book now and choose the application for the correct starting month. Once your application is complete we will contact you in order to confirm whether or not you have been allocated a place. If you receive a place you will be emailed an official offer letter, you will need to respond confirming your place within 10 working days.

If you have any queries please contact us via email at

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

Study Dates for January Cohort:

Thursday 24th January

Thursday 7th February

Thursday 21st February

Thursday 7th March

Thursday 21st March

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.


Course info

Award Type 20 Credit, Level 6

Delivery Method Blend of Lectures, Discussions and Seminars

Sector Health, Sport and Social Care

Study Mode Part Time

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start January 2019

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

Please register your interest for this course and we will be in touch once we have confirmed dates.

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