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Older Persons Fellowship

Older Person's Fellowship

dreamstimexxl33973622 2The Older Person's Fellowship for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), sponsored by Health Education England (HEE), is a programme aimed at driving clinical excellence, innovation and quality improvement in care for older people.

The ethos of the Older Person’s Fellowship (OPF) is quality, safety, service transformation and innovation in older people’s care. The multidisciplinary Fellowship will empower confident, competent, and compassionate leaders to act as role models and agents of change, to transform person-centred services.

Fellows are part of King’s College London and the King’s Health Partners Academic Health Science Centre. The programme enables Fellows to realise their full potential including (not limited to) becoming:

  • An expert nurse/AHP in the holistic care of older people.
  • An innovator in quality improvement and service development.
  • Skilled in the implementation and evaluation of innovation.
  • A recognised leader and role model in older person’s care.
  • A resilient and self-aware leader motivating others to achieve high standards in health and social care for older people.  
  • An agent of change, shaping the future of healthcare for older people.
  • Confident and committed to disseminating excellence in older person’s care among national and international communities.

Meet the academic leads for the Older Person's Fellowship


The Older Person’s Fellowship (OPF), formerly the Older Person’s Nurse Fellowship has now finished recruiting for its 2017 intake starting in March 2017.

King’s and HEE were delighted to announce that recruitment to the Fellowship in 2017 was extended to Nurses and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) working predominately in older adult services.

If you have any questions about the Fellowship, please email

The 2017 Older Person's Fellowship Conference will include guest lectures from the Ageing Research at King's (ARK) division. ARK is a cross-faculty multidisciplinary consortium of investigators which brings together scholarship and research in ageing in several complementary areas. ARK represents King’s world class excellence for research on the biology of ageing, from the basic mechanisms in biogerontology to clinical translation and the social impact of ageing. The primary purpose of ARK is to enhance multidisciplinary research collaborations within King’s to better understand the mechanisms of ageing and improving health-span. 

Fellowship requirements
  • Senior Nurse (Band 7/8)
  • Senior Allied Health Professional (Band 7/8)
  • Clinically active and working predominately with older people
  • Current NMC/HCPC registered
  • Min BSc or Postgraduate Diploma
  • Senior Support from organisation (DON, CEO, GP, Director of AHPs)
More about the programme

The one year, part-time Fellowship consists of distance and online learning, and monthly (compulsory) face-to-face study days. There are also three residential events (two days each) at King's and opportunities to visit King's Health Partners services. Throughout the Fellowship there will be opportunities to hear guest lectures from national and international experts in older people’s care, policy, and service development. The Fellowship consists of two modules:

Module 1: Advanced Knowledge and Skills in the Care of Older People (15 credits) 
This module builds on the existing knowledge and skills of the Fellows and focuses on quality of life issues of older people. It provides up-to-date evidence and developments in older person’s health care.

Module 2: Leadership in Service Development and Quality Improvement in Older Person's Care (45 credits) 
This module learning is centred on Fellows undertaking a quality improvement/service innovation project in their own organisation. Fellows will have the opportunity to hear and seek advice from experts in quality improvement and implementation science. There are opportunities to engage in leadership and organisational resilience workshops to support the implementation of the QI projects.

What is the award?

This is a Level 7 course with 60 academic credits.  On successful completion of the course, students will be awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Practice. The Older Person’s Fellowship modules are part of the pathway in the King’s MSc in Advanced Practice. Thus students can continue with their studies to complete a Masters in Advanced practice.

Key dates

Study days 2017-18

  • 7 & 8 March 2017 (residential)
  • 5 April
  • 10 May
  • 20 & 21 June (residential)
  • 19 July
  • 16 August
  • 13 September
  • 10 & 11 October (residential)
  • 21 (Tues) November
  • No contact day December
  • 10 January 2018
  • 7 February

Residential courses - 2017

  • 7 & 8 March 2017 (1 night)
  • 20  to 21 June 2017  (1 x night)
  • 10 & 11 October 2017 (1 x night)

Course costs

The OPF is funded by HEE. Funding covers course fees, travel to London for study days, hotel costs for residential overnight stay only, contributions towards food on residential. Organisation post back-filling is not covered in 2017.

External Networks

The OPF encourages interdisciplinary networking.


The British Geriatrics Society (BGS)


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