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Management of Frailty University Certificate in Continuing Education

Designed for registered health professionals who work with older people in any health or social care environment. Choose from an accredited or non-accredited route.


Course overview

Improve your recognition of frailty in a variety of settings and explore how practitioners can provide evidence-based interventions and advice to improve the quality of care for people living with frailty.
You enhance your person-centred care by integrating and applying theoretical principles and concepts to a contemporary health and social care environment.

Funding 2023-4
Funded places may be available. You will be notified if you are eligible for a funded place within your organisation once you have applied.

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Course details

What you study

Enhance your knowledge and skills in the areas of:

  • the ageing process and its link to frailty
  • prevalence and cost of frailty
  • theories underpinning the pathophysiology of frailty
  • consequences of frailty
  • recognising frailty
  • assessment and interventions for people living with frailty
  • frailty syndromes (falls, immobility, polypharmacy, incontinence, delirium)
  • issues affecting older people
  • recognising deteriorating patients and advance care planning
  • national frailty initiatives and long-term plans
  • person-centred decision making
  • professional accountability.

How you learn

Delivered using a blended learning approach, with teaching led by academics and specialist clinicians. Taught content is delivered through six fortnightly sessions lasting two hours each. The first session is delivered on campus and the rest are delivered online. Additional learning content is available within the virtual learning environment and engagement with the guided and self-directed learning tasks can be completed on your own schedule.

How you are assessed

For the non-accredited route there is no assessment.

For the accredited route you complete a 20-minute presentation focussing on a case study of a client who presents with frailty. This is designed to enhance your ability to articulate decision-making processes to other members of the multidisciplinary team.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants should be in a role working with older people in a health or social care environment. Access to IT resources and a stable internet connection is essential to engage with online sessions and learning materials. The module involves contemporary media such as e-books and YouTube, and online engagement tools such as Slido and Padlet. Presentations are delivered using PowerPoint so access to Microsoft Windows and ability to use this and related software (such as Microsoft Word) is essential.



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 1 term
  • Start date: February
  • Level: Degree
  • Credits: 20

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Service users and carers support all aspects of our students' lifecycle from recruitment to graduation.

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