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Contemporary Issues in Older Person Care
Course Code: INT54
Entry Requirements:

If you have not undertaken fromal study for sometime and are concerned regarding your academic study and writing skills, you are strongly advised to undertake the access module prior to attempting any stand alone module.

Applicants will normally:

A. Be a registered nurse on the register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.


B. Be registered on the appropriate professional register.


C. Be currently employed in health care either in: clinical practice/management/ research /education. Some modules may only be undertaken while working in a specific related area. This is specified in module descriptions.


A primary degree (min. 2.2) (health sciences related) or evidence of equivalent academic credits. Students who do not have the aforementioned will be required to provide evidence of their ability to study at post-graduate level.

D. Students whose first language is not English will require a degree of fluency in the English language. An overall score of 6.5 in the IELTS Exam ( for information on IELTS tests) is required.


  • Credits from stand alone modules can be accrued towards the award of Post graduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing Studies/Professional Studies).
  • Many of our stand-alone modules are delivered through blended learning/e-learning allowing you the option of studying at your own pace in your own home.


Delivered between September 2016 to April 2017 

Module Dates:

7th September 2016 (Induction Day)

5th October 2016

19th October 2016

9th November 2016

18th January 2017

8th February 2017

1st March 2017

15th March 2017

5th April 2017

This is a double module with 20ECTs attached.


Fees (euro):


Application Process:


Closing date Friday 17th June 2016 - late applications may be accepted.

To receive an Application Form, please contact Postgraduate Administrator below.

Margaret Hession

Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies

St Angela's College

Lough Gill


T: 071-9195540


 Alternatively, you may download an Application Form.


Next Intake:
Closing Date: 2016-06-17

Programme Overview

The aim of this module is to introduce students to a range of contemporary issues allied to older persons’ care provision.



  • Older People in Ireland: A Profile of Health Status, Lifestyle and Socio-economic Factors from SLÁN & TILDA
  • Impact of ageing with concomitant existing conditions such as sensory mental health disabilities.
  • Exemplars of biological, sociological, and psychological theories that can influence ageing process.
  • Principles of care and case management
  • Models of person centred care and application in older person care settings
  • Elder Abuse: Statistics; Types; Risk factors; Interventions Legal and ethical issues
  • Dementia: Statistics: Diagnosis; cost; Care interventions and challenges
  • Falls: Statistics  Risk factors; assessment;  cost; Care interventions and challenges
  • Disability: Statistics; Type; assessment;  care interventions and challenges
  • Models of palliative care and application to older person care; respite care provision
  • Caring in the community: needs/challenges; informal/family carers needs; Support structures.

Facilitation of learning:

Lecture; workshops and discussion groups; group work; presentations and seminars.

Assessment strategy:

Literature review (4000 word) focusing on one aspect of older person care (60%)

Examination (40%)

Downloads & Other Information

Postgraduate / Adult and Continuing Education Prospectus

Application Form
Application Form For Second And Subsequent Modules
Application Process

Download Application form or Contact

Margaret Hession
Department of Nursing & Health Studies,
St Angela’s College,
Lough Gill,
Co Sligo.
T: 071 91 95 540

Contact Details

Denise Healy
T: 071 91 35 617

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