Person Centered Care - Older People

A Graduate Diploma Person Centred Care (Older People) will enhance your existing knowledge and skills in caring for older people in all environments. The programme focuses on developing specialist knowledge to improve both the care experience of and care outcomes for older people.

•The only Irish graduate programme that focuses on the delivery of person centered care to older people
•In a blended learning format which combines face-to-face teaching with online teaching.
•Provides students with a comprehensive knowledge base for caring for older people in any setting.
•Assessments are based on the students own area and linking theory to practice
•Excellent support from academic, education technology and administrative departments.

This course is aimed at advancing the professional's knowledge of person-centred care related to older people, regardless of discipline or setting.

Programme objectives

The Graduate Diploma Person Centred Care (Older People) aims to build upon and advance the professional's existing repertoire of knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values in caring for older people. The course aims to develop the practitioner's capacities for caring and competent practice, in order to prepare the practitioners to provide a person-centred service within older person care.

The specific aims of the course are:

•To build upon and advance the student's repertoire of knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values that were developed during their undergraduate education and arising out of his/her experiences in clinical practice.

•To provide the student with the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values for the advancement of his/her specialist knowledge, including critical analysis, creative thinking, decision making and communication.

•To develop a greater understanding of the theory which underpins person centred care related to older people, leadership and research in order to improve the patients and families quality of life.

•To advance the student's sense of professional awareness, and commitment and a sense of professional responsibility and accountability in his/her role.

•To provide students with an opportunity for personal growth and professional development.

•To develop a greater understanding of the principles which underpin the various aspects of person centred care of older people, leadership and research in health systems.

•To encourage students to become leaders in health care and appreciate their role in local and national policy.

•To enable the student to value learning as a continuous process and as a necessary process in the context of person centred care of older people, leadership and research in a dynamic healthcare environment.

The curriculum is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills with respect to the holistic care of older people through a person centred care framework, regardless of setting.

How will I benefit?
On successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Care (Older People).

Programme strengths
Particular strengths of the programme include:

•Benefit of having the National Centre for the Protection of Older People, based in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems.
•A long history of producing high quality graduates many of whom have successfully progressed in their careers.
•Clinical and university-based lecturers with national and international expertise from clinical, research and educational perspectives
•Extensive use of IT in supporting the teaching environment of the programme
•Access to excellent facilities for lectures
•Flexibility to pursue the programme over a longer period of time
•Access to applicants who have not had the opportunity to pursue third level education before

A range of teaching methods are used including lectures, workshops and seminars. Clinical teaching is undertaken by specialists in the clinical area with particular emphasis on assisting students in applying theory to practice.

Information technology
It is essential that you have access to a personal computer and an email account as communication with students is primarily undertaken by email. Lecture handouts/announcements are made available to students via Blackboard (a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports online learning and teaching) and/or via email. Messages from the university regarding examination policy and procedures are also sent via email. In addition, please note that this programme is a blended learning programme which combines face to face lectures with on-line learning.

The Graduate Diploma Person Centred Care (Older People) enables students to gain a broad and deep understanding of subjects relevant to caring for patients in all environments. Particular emphasis is placed on recent national and international research findings and/or evidence-based guidelines and recommendations aimed at ensuring optimal experiences and outcomes for older people.

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) applications must be submitted online through your SISWeb account.

There are two instances in which you can apply to have recognised prior learning taken into account when applying for a programme in UCD.

1. RPL for admission to a UCD programme

If you are a prospective student seeking admission to UCD and you do not meet the required admissions criteria as set down for a particular programme of study in UCD, you may apply to be admitted based on prior learning.

2. RPL for exemption from a module or modules on a UCD programme

If you have been accepted onto a UCD programme and wish to have credit transferred towards the requirements of the UCD programme of study, you may apply for RPL from a module or modules.

When applying for RPL, please note the following:
•You must submit your application for RPL as early as possible and preferably before you commence the relevant module/stage/programme.
•An application for RPL relating to a particular module should be submitted before the third week of the trimester in which it is offered. Applications made after this date will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances.
•Your application will be reviewed by the Taught Graduate Standing Committee and Programme Board. You can expect to hear of the outcome or status of your application typically within four to six weeks of submitting it (depending on committee schedules).
•Please note that in some cases your application may not be successful or you may not receive RPL for the amount of credit for which you applied, therefore you must register for, attend and participate in the module or modules until you have been informed of the decision of the School Programme Board.
•If your application is not successful, you are responsible for all assessments associated with the module.

Entry requirements

•Hold a Primary Degree, Higher Diploma or equivalent.
•Be entered onto the appropriate division of your related professional
•Have a minimum of one year's post-registration experience.
•Be working with older people prior to commencing the programme and for the duration of the programme.
•Other criteria to be used in the assessment of the application include number of years of experience, and evidence of ongoing professional development.

Documents to be submitted with your application:
•Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant
•Nurse applicants: A current photocopy of An Bord Altranais registration
•Other health care professionals: A current photocopy of registration with professional registration body
•Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport
•Signed Declaration Form from Employer (original form)
•Completed Professional Reference Form (original form)
•Nurse applicants: Completed Clinical Competence Assessor Nomination Form
•Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)

Subjects taught

This is a one academic year programme, broken down into two semesters. Assessments are varied (assignments/short examination questions/MCQ/case presentation/practical examination) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the semesters. You will complete six modules in total, two core and four specialist modules.

Core Modules:

NMHS43270 Research Methods Applied to Healthcare (Semester 2)
(Download dates for on-campus lectures)

NMHS42230 Leadership & Organisational Dynamics (Semester 1)

Specialist Modules:

NMHS43220 Foundations of Person Centred Care (Semester 1)

NMHS43230 Cognition and Mental Health in Older Adults (Semester 2)

NMHS43100 Elder Abuse: A multi-disciplinary approach (Semester 2)

NMHS43210 Chronic Chronic & Acute Ill to aging (Semester 1)


1 year part-time

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: TBA

Post Course Info

The Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Care (Older People) provides you with the comprehensive knowledge and skills required for caring for older people in multiple environments. Possessing a broad and deep understanding of the theory and skills required for caring for older people using a person centred framework, you will be well positioned to work in a variety of settings, both nationally and internationally.

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  • Qualification letters

    PG Dip

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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