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Older Persons Fellowship

Older Persons Fellowship

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Applications for the 2019 intake are now closed

The Older Persons Fellowship for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), sponsored by Health Education England (HEE), aims to drive clinical excellence, innovation and quality improvement in care for older people.

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.

The Fellowship 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.

Fellows are part of King’s College London and the King’s Health Partners Academic Health Science Centre.  

Who is the Fellowship for?
  • Senior Nurses (Band 7/8)
  • Senior Allied Health Professionals (Band 7/8)
  • Clinically active and working predominately with older people
  • Current NMC/HCPC registered
  • Min BSc or Postgraduate Diploma
  • With senior support from your organisation (eg DoN, CEO, GP, Director of AHPs)
Overview of the Fellowship

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

Module 1: Enhanced Knowledge and Skills in Older Person’s Care (15 academic credits)
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. 

Proposed study days:

Day 1: Wednesday 1 May 2019 (Residential)

Day 2: Thursday 2 May 2019

Day 3: Wednesday 22 May 2019

Day 4: Wednesday 12 June 2019

Day 5: Wednesday 3 July 2019

Submission of assessment 16 July 2019

Please note these days may be subject to change. 

Module 2: Leadership in Service Development and Quality Improvement in Older Person's Care (45 academic credits)
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.

On successful completion of the two modules, students will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Practice. 

Proposed study days:

Day 1: Wednesday 25 September 2019   

Day 2: Tuesday 8 October 2019 (Residential)

Day 3: Wednesday 9 October 2019

Day 4: Wednesday 6 November 2019

Day 5: Wednesday 4 December 2019

Day 6, Wednesday 15 January 2020

Day 7:  Wednesday 12 February 2020  

Day 8: Wednesday 18 March 2020

Funding for the Fellowship

Health Education England (HEE) provides funding for:

  • Tuition fees for both modules.
  • Residential accommodation costs for specified residential sessions.
  • Travel costs for university study days.
Find out more

For more information or to arrange an informal discussion about the Fellowship please email

Academic lead - Dr Joanne Fitzpatrick

Clinical lead - Nicky Hayes




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