UCC CPD courses

Falls, Mobility and Movement Disorders

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  • Title

    Falls, Mobility and Movement Disorders

  • Code

    CG6006

  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    3 contact days plus additional online self-directed learning.

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Fees

    €885 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Please see full requirements below See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    20th of March 2020

  • Venue

    UCC.  Brookfield Campus and Western Gateway Building.

  • Credits

    10

  • Start Date

    29th of April, 2020 - dates are provisional

Outline

Falls, Mobility and Movement Disorders introduces students from a range of different professional backgrounds to the basics of gait and balance control, falls assessment and prevention and Parkinson’s disease. It includes many practical sessions such as in a gait laboratory and at actual vestibular assessment sessions.

This module can be taken as a stand-alone module as it provides a comprehensive overview of gait and balance, falls and movement disorders, with a particular focus on older people. Equally, it can be built upon with other modules from our range of CPD modules, which cover other specific disease rehabilitation areas, or with our clinical placement module, generic rehabilitation module or independent study module.

This is a new and unique course. It is fully interdisciplinary - the specialist lecturers are from a range of disciplines and students learn with and from each other. There is a strong student-centred focus, with flexible timetabling, and blended learning to minimise work disruptions. The course combines lectures, case based learning, workshops and small group discussions.  This module contains specialised field trips to a gait laboratory and to an ENT unit where vestibular assessment and rehabilitation can be witnessed first-hand.

In today’s competitive workforce, continuous professional development is a key requirement of ongoing professional competency. CPD training aids career advancement and improves your confidence in treating patients.

In this module, students will gain solid understanding and skills of normal and abnormal gait and balance control, leading on to falls prevention and rehabilitation and movement disorders. Falls prevention is relevant to any healthcare worker that works with older people, be it in an acute or community setting. This module is suitable for established professionals or those just commencing in their career of choice.

Module Content:

Physiology of gait and balance control, including vestibular, central and peripheral mechanisms; Normal ageing and disease effects on gait and balance; Vestibular dysfunction; Balance assessment; Gait and balance retraining; Prevalence, risk factors and outcomes of falls; An approach to the possible syncopal fall; Comprehensive falls assessment and management; Multidisciplinary team working in falls prevention; Motor and non-motor manifestations of Parkinson's disease: assessment and treatment; Evidence-based rehabilitation in Parkinson's disease.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Critically discuss the impact of aging and pathology on normal balance and gait mechanisms.
  • Holistically analyse balance dysfunction (i.e. central, vestibular and peripheral dysfunction).
  • Identify and prioritise risk factors for falls.
  • Outline the evidence for multidisciplinary falls prevention programmes.
  • Formulate appropriate patient oriented goals for motor and non-motor manifestations of Parkinson's disease.
  • Appraise the evidence for contemporary approaches to rehabilitation of movement disorders.

Further details for this module is available on the Postgraduate College Calendar

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Exact dates to be confirmed.

Practicalities

A ten-credit module equates to 200-250 hours of learning, including approximately 30 hours of structured contact time (3 contact days). These contact days consist of lectures, workshops, group work and directed study. The remainder of the learning is self directed, based on the students own learning goals, such as topics introduced in the lectures that the student can explore in more depth, and background reading for the written assignment.

This module is assessed by a written assignment (3000 word essay on a topic chosen by the student from a list of available topic). The assignment is submitted a few weeks after the last contact day for the module.

Class Dates 2018/2019:

Provisional Class Dates

Location

Wednesday 1st May 2019

WGB_G13 Western Gateway Building

Thursday 2nd May 2019

BHSC_263ab Brookfield Campus

Friday 3rd May 2019

BHSC_302 Brookfield Campus

 

Provisional Class Dates 2019/2020:

Provisional Class Dates

Location

29th April 2020

Venue TBC

30th April 2020

Venue TBC

1st May 2020

Venue TBC

Requirements

Candidates must have:

  • A primary degree in a relevant health care discipline* or an equivalent academic qualification and professional experience to be approved by the Programme Team;
  • Ideally candidates should have at least one year's practical experience in their area of qualifications post-registration.
  • Applicants who do not meet the normal academic or experience requirements may also be considered following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the Programme Team.

*A relevant health care discipline includes but is not limited to medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, audiology, physiotherapy, psychology and social studies.

All applicants are required to complete an application form and provide evidence of current professional registration

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is €885. There is also a €35 application fee. 

How Do I Apply

To apply for this module please download and complete the application form below and submit with the relevant documents to:

CPD Coordinator,

Graduate Studies Office, West Wing, Main Quad, University College Cork

OR via email at cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie

 

Application Form:

CPD Application Form 2019-20

Forward this form along with the

  • Application fee,
  • A passport sized photograph and
  • Any other documentation requested on the form.

Applications for this module are now open.

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