Core Module Information
Module title: Frailty in Older People

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ADN09136
Module leader: Maria Pilcher
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Nursing

Registered nurse

Description of module content:

This module will provide you with an introduction to assessment and recognition of frailty and deliver the underpinning theoretical knowledge to enable you to anticipate, plan and meet the nursing care requirements of an older person with frailty.
The module will explore the five domains of a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment and the relationship to risk assessment, care rounding and the care planning process.
Topics to be covered will include:
Ageing and link to frailty.
Introduction to frailty - models, indicators, signs.
Patient pathways.
Frailty syndromes - delirium, incontinence, polypharmacy, falls, immobility.
Deteriorating patient - dementia, delirium, depression.
Frailty trajectories and planning for transition.
Anticipatory care planning.
Legal and professional issues.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO 1: Critically discuss models of frailty, risk factors and signs indicative of frailty in an older person.

LO 2: Discuss recognition of reversible and non-reversible deterioration in a frail older person.

LO 3: Evaluate legal and professional issues that impact on caring for of an older person with frailty syndromes.

LO 4: Analyse the impact of using a multi-disciplinary approach to the care of a frail older person.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Maria Pilcher
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
You will engage in a range of learning opportunities to gain knowledge and understanding of frailty syndromes, the multidisciplinary approach to comprehensive geriatric assessment and legislative and professional requirements.

Workstations will enable you to work through practice examples to facilitate translation of theory to practice, e.g. identification of frailty indicators, recognition of deteriorating patient (LO1 & 2).

Interactive quizzes will support you to engage with learning content, e.g. ageing process (LO1).

Table top exercises will support recognition of reversible and non-reversible deterioration, e.g. distinguishing between dementia, delirium and depression (LO2).

Presentations by speakers will facilitate discussion and reflection on current practice and support identification of rationale for assessment and management of frail older person, e.g. components of comprehensive geriatric assessment (LO1 & 4).

Workshops will support your knowledge and understanding of legislation relating to frail older people and facilitate discussion on application to practice, e.g. Adults with Incapacity Act (LO3).

Groupwork activities will support reflection on practice. (LO1,2,3 &4).

Formative Assessment:
An electronic poster presentation developed by yourself and your peers in a learning set. This will feed forward into the summative assessment by supporting self directed learning and facilitating identification of link between evidence and practice. Group discussion will support you to refine ideas, evaluate rationale for use and the impact on delivery of safe, effective person-centred care.

Summative Assessment:
A 2,500 word essay based on a simulated case study to address the learning outcomes.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 30
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3 & 4 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
ADN09136 Frailty in Older People