GCU Module

The new module for health professionals will now take place between the term dates of 21 May to 3 August 2018 with the module assessment deadline approximately mid August. Please contact the CAPA team for further information. This module will be free to participants in this instance only.

This theory based module aims to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to work with frail older people and those transitioning to frailty to increase physical activity and provide evidence-based exercise interventions to improve their health and wellbeing.

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:

  1. Analyse the evidence linking physical activity and sedentary behaviour to specific health and functional benefits in older adults with multiple co-morbidities.
  2. Appraise the facilitators and barriers to engaging in physical activity in different care contexts and the influence of gatekeepers, including family members.
  3. Analyse the policy context for physical activity and ageing and the key strategic documents that will guide intervention.
  4. Define and explain the role of different multidisciplinary team members, volunteers, family and significant others in the engagement and motivation of older people to be more active.
  5. Describe different interventions to help change activity behaviour and use the evidence to design and deliver an appropriate intervention.

Transferable Skills used and developed in this module include:

  • Work in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning, personal development and practice competence
  • ICT skills
  • Written and Oral presentation skills
  • Group working and multidisciplinary team working skills

This module is suitable for all health care professionals wishing to advance their knowledge and practice.

Delivery Mode
Students will use GCU Learn for directed online learning tasks (approximately 180 hours). Three full days of face to face learning (on campus and within a care setting near to GCU, 09:00-17:30).

The face to face days for Trimester c will be:

Fri 1 June
Fri 22 June and
Fri 20 July

A range of experts, including clinical academic practitioners from a number of relevant disciplines and partners from the Care Inspectorate, will contribute to the delivery of the module and support the learning activities. The module is led by Professors Dawn Skelton and Jo Booth.

You can find more information about the module at the link below:

GCU Module