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Identification and Management of Frailty and Complex Care HEA4266


This level 7 module will facilitate the development of the expert knowledge and skills to identify and manage the frail population across a variety of settings informed by both local and national policy and best practice drivers, such as the NHS long term plan (2019) (1). Learners will develop an ability to employ assessment strategies and tools, evaluating the impact of multidisciplinary interventions and measures within their own practice and the wider health economy. Students will also explore the anatomy and physiology of ageing through the prism of major frailty syndromes developing an ability to critically appraise the assessment strategies and interventions used to enhance ones own practice and service provision aligned to person centred care.

Module code:HEA4266
Module credits:20
Cost for new students:£1000 for 2024/25 academic year

If you are an existing student who is undertaking this module as part of a programme, your fee will have been advised to you by email. You can also check your fees online. For any queries, please contact [email protected]

If your tuition fee is being paid by a sponsor or you are a sponsor paying a student’s fee, you are required to send a copy of a purchase order to [email protected].

For further guidance please visit: Sponsored students – Edge Hill University

Who is this module for?

Practitioners working within the health and social care sector. The module can be accessed as a stand alone module, or form part of a post graduate pathway.

What are the key aims of the module?

  • Develop expert skills and knowledge to identify and manage the frail population within the primary care setting.
  • Encourage exploration of the anatomy and physiology of ageing and perform a critical appraisal of the assessment strategies used in practice.
  • Evaluate the impact of intervention measures within practice and the wider health economy.

How will I study?

Blended learning, with a mix of face to face sessions and online learning.

What will I study?

  • Applied anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology and poly pharmacy
  • National and local health and social care policy
  • Population risk identification tools
  • Frailty assessment tools
  • Partnership working: Asset based community development models
  • Community based interventions
  • Person centred care
  • Supporting families and carers living with a frail person
  • Evidence based interventions
  • Impact assessment tools
  • Frailty outcome measures.

How will I be assessed?

You will receive designated academic support as you prepare to submit a 4000 word written assignment in order to meet the assessment requirements for this module.

On successful completion you will:

1. Critically appraise the application of national and local policy and population drivers which aim to optimise the health of the frail population and reduce the risk of inappropriate hospital admissions.
2. Critically analyse the application of frailty assessment tools and evidence based practice guidelines within clinical, home and community environments and apply them appropriately to a diverse range of patients and environs.
3. Demonstrate critical insight into the complexity of the common major frailty syndromes and the associated impact on management and care.

Study dates and venues

Venue: Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University

Starts: Wednesday 11 September 2024

Session times:

  • Wednesday 11 September 2024, 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 18 September 2024, 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 25 September 2024, 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 2 October 2024, 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 9 October 2024, 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 16 October 2024, 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 23 October 2024, 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 30 October 2024, 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 6 November 2024, 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 13 November 2024, 2-4pm
  • Wednesday 20 November 2024, 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 27 November 2024, 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 4 December 2024, 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 11 December 2024, 1-4pm
  • Final Submission Date: Wednesday 8 January 2025

How to apply

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

For details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

Contact us

For further module information, please contact the Module Co-ordinator, Amy Causey [email protected].

Or you can contact the Medical School on [email protected].