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Older Persons Fellowship

The Older Persons Fellowship for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) aims to drive clinical excellence, innovation and quality improvement in care for older people. Students who successfully complete the Fellowship are awarded a postgraduate certificate (PGCert) in Advanced Practice. The Older Persons Fellowship is funded by Health Education England (HEE).

The Fellowship enables professionals on the course to realise their full potential

  • 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.

I have a real passion for working within older people's care and I am aware I still have so much to learn in regards to how we care and develop our services to meet the needs for all older people. This unique programme will provide me with opportunity to improve my knowledge and skills further.

Renee Comerford, Associate Nurse for Older People and 2018 Fellow

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

This one-year, part-time Fellowship consists of two modules. It takes a blended learning approach, with online learning, and regular (compulsory) face-to-face study days. There are also residential events at King's.

Throughout the Fellowship there are opportunities to hear guest lectures from national and international experts in older people’s care, policy, research, and service development. 

Why study the OPF?

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Module one: Enhanced Knowledge and Skills in Older Persons Care 

This module builds on existing knowledge and skills and focuses on fundamental quality of life issues that impact on older people. 

The aim of this module is to enhance health care practitioners’ knowledge and skills to provide evidence based high quality care to older people and their families. 

The assessment is based on a comprehensive geriatric assessment of a complex patient/service user case history from the student’s field of practice. 

Module two: Leadership in Service Development and Quality Improvement in Older Persons Care 

This module focuses on innovation and quality improvement in older people’s care through the development of leadership and quality improvement skills.

The aim of this module is to equip students with the theoretical knowledge and practical project management skills to lead quality improvement and innovation in services for older people. 

Students’ learning is assessed through leading a quality improvement or service development project within their organisation.

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