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PA50341: Providing better care for the older person

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Modular (no specific semester)
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW100
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assessment detail to be confirmed ( %)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To update knowledge on how the changes and challenges associated with the ageing process affect medicines use. To increase underpinning knowledge on the therapeutic management of chronic conditions commonly experienced by the older person enabling pharmacists to support patients through medicines optimisation.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Explain the physiological, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic changes associated with the ageing process and how this affects medicines handling. (Medicines Optimisation Tool [MOT])
2. Explain the impact physical, behavioural and socio-economic difficulties can have on an older person's ability to receive maximum benefit from their prescribed medicines. (Case Based Discussion [CBD], MOT, portfolio task)
3. Critically evaluate the evidence base for the management of key chronic conditions commonly associated with the older person; specifically osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, dementia, overactive bladder, Parkinson's disease and end of life care. (MOT)
4. Explain the pathophysiology, symptoms and patient monitoring factors in the above conditions. (MOT,
5. Demonstrate good communication and patient centred consultation skills to enhance the older person's experience. (CBD)
6. Explain the benefits and challenges of integrating medicines optimisation into multidisciplinary care pathways of the older person and identify the healthcare professionals involved in care of older people across sectors within their local area. (Portfolio task).


* Planning & organisation
* Basic clinical examination skills
* Consultation and communication skills
* Study skills
* Handling information
* Problem solving
* Working with others
* Leadership skills
* Written communication
* Improving learning and performance
* Reflective practice
* Information & communication technology.

Physiological changes and challenges of ageing
The effects of ageing on health and medicines (pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics)
Consultation skills to support the older person
End of life care
Overactive Bladder
Parkinson's Disease
Interprofessional working.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA50341 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • TSPA-ADM10 : MSc Clincal Pharmacy Practice (Primary Care)
  • TSPA-ADC12 : PG Cert Clinical Pharmacy Practice (Primary Care)
  • TSPA-ADL11 : PG Dip Clincal Pharmacy Practice (Primary Care)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.