Professional Healthcare Management – “Person-Centred Care of the Elderly”

This course is the foundation for Edward Healthcare’s ‘Professional Healthcare Management’ suite of courses. Students on this course receive:

– Certification from CACHE, a leader in Health and Social Care awards.
– Comprehensive training on the main issues surrounding person-centred care of the elderly.
– International standard, evidence based learning with content supported by leading healthcare organisations.

The Chinese economy is growing rapidly and the Chinese population is becoming more affluent and living longer. Over the last five decades, average life expectancy in China has increased from 41 to 73 years. Coupled with a move to smaller families, China faces a rapidly ageing population needing support with fewer young people able to provide that support. It is predicted that people aged over 60 in the Chinese population will increase from 185 million in 2011 to 300 million by 2025.

The stigma attached to the idea of older family members entering specialised nursing homes is reducing and the market demand for health and social care designed to improve and maintain the safety, physical/mental health and general well-being of older Chinese people is fast expanding. This expansion is evident in the programmes of construction of more care homes, with these being closely followed by the urgent need for adequately trained health care professionals to staff them.

Zhang Zhanxin, of the Institute of Population and Labour Economics and Director of the Division of Social Security of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, states that the Chinese Government should learn from the experiences of other countries and make plans to develop the elderly care service industry, ensuring that adequate supervision and services are provided. Although the teaching materials are largely based on the situation in the UK, as far as possible Chinese perspectives will be incorporated into the teaching, and discussed in the classroom setting.

The teaching materials are all based on current best evidence and are supported by publications from, amongst others, the Department of Health, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, the World Health Organisation, the Royal College of Nursing and the British Thoracic Society.

This module has been specifically developed for the Chinese healthcare market. It will equip students with the knowledge and skills to explore the concept of person-centred care which will inform their professional practice. Similarly, Students will be encouraged to develop an awareness of key concepts and therapeutic strategies that can facilitate provision of effective, person-centred healthcare for older people, whilst recognising and respecting the needs of each individual. In addition, the healthcare professionals attending this module will explore their own practice and critically reflect on the challenge of delivering high quality care which is based on current best practice.

As well as nurses, this course could equally be attractive to any health professional whose practice setting involves the provision of care to the elderly or to those that are, or are training to be in a position of management of care in elderly care facilities.

The course may be delivered over either a 10 week or a 20 week period. Students enrolled on a 10 week module will submit assignments in week 10. Students enrolled on a 20 week module will submit assignments in week 20.

Module Content (each day represents 7 hours classroom time)
Day 1
• Introduction to the module
• Academic writing skills – referencing, quality of supporting sources, paraphrasing, avoiding plagiarism formative and summative assessments, marking grids

Day 2
• Evidence based practice – what constitutes evidence, hierarchy of evidence
• Critical thinking – what are the elements of critical analysis, hallmarks and boundaries of critical thinking, putting critical thinking into practice
• Critical reflection – models of reflection

Day 3
• Ageing and the ageing process – theories of ageing, changes to pathophysiology, attitudes to ageing and the aged
• Dementia – anatomy and physiology of the brain, physical and psychological manifestations, dealing with challenging behaviour

Day 4
• Ethics in healthcare – philosophical theories, principles of ethical nursing – autonomy, beneficience, maleficience, justice
• Scope of professional practice – Benner’s novice to expert, national nursing associations, specialisation in nursing

Day 5
• Ethico-legal nursing – professional accountability, regulatory bodies, confidentiality and public protection, patient consent, patient autonomy, mental capacity, safeguarding the vulnerable adult

Day 6
• Ethical, legal and professional issues – record keeping, data protection, disclosure, patient safety, human factors, foresight training, manual handling

Day 7
• Falls risk assessment
• Nutritional assessment
• The elements of The Nursing Process
• The Activities of Daily Living

Day 8
• Promotion of continence and the management of incontinence
• Assessment and management of bladder problems
• Assessment and management of bowel problems

Day 9
• The principles of infection control and prevention
• Hand washing and standard precautions
• Medicines management

Day 10
• The concepts of health promotion – definitions, models of promotion,
• Health education
• Health protection

Day 11
• Health needs assessment
• Health psychology
• Smoking and smoking cessation
• Alcohol misuse and dependency
• Rehabilitation and the role of the nurse

Day 12
• Stroke diagnosis and management
• Cardiovascular disease and its management
• Hypertension and its management

Day 13
• The management of long term conditions
• Diabetes mellitus – epidemiology, classification and diagnosis
• Diabetes mellitus – management and prevention of microvascular and macrovascular complications
• The management of diabetic emergencies

Day 14
• Introduction to the respiratory system
• Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
• Spirometry and its uses

Day 15
• Clinical governance
• Leadership and management
• Quality and audit
• Raising and escalating concerns

Day 16
• Principles of primary care nursing
• Intermediate care
• Transcultural nursing

Day 17
• Concepts of the service user and carer
• Principles of self care
• Concept of the expert patient
• Carers and support mechanisms

Day 18
• Communication skills
• Effective communication
• Barriers to communication
• Presentation skills

Day 19
• Recognising the deteriorating patient
• Basic life support
• Communication tools in patient deterioration

Day 20
• End of life care – patient centred palliative care
• Management of pain and breathlessness
• Sociological perspectives in China