UCC CPD courses

Principles in Older Person Rehabilitation


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  • Title

    Principles in Older Person Rehabilitation

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    3 days

  • Teaching Mode


  • Fees

    €885 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Please see full requirements below See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    1st of August 2019

  • Venue

    UCC. Venue room to be confirmed.

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    11th September 2019


The CPD Module Principles in Older Person Rehabilitation introduces students from a range of different professional backgrounds to core rehabilitation principles in older people: settings, models, patient selection, MDT working, barriers and facilitators to successful rehabilitation, and relevant policies and philosophies of rehabilitation. This module can be taken as a stand-alone module as it provides a comprehensive overview of generic rehabilitation, with a particular focus on older people. Equally, it can be built upon with other modules from our range of CPD modules, which delve into specific disease rehabilitation in more depth.

This is a new and unique course, with no similar course available in Ireland or the UK. 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.  There is a selection of optional modules available so that students can build a tailored programme that matches their personal learning requirements.

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 core introductory module, students will gain solid understanding and skills in generic rehabilitation with a focus on older people, essential requirements to commence a healthcare profession after graduation, to move to a new area of patient care, or to update/enhance existing skills.

Module Content

Introduction to course and on-line learning workshop;
Models and philosophy of rehabilitation;
Physiology of ageing and exercise performance;
National policies and overview of health service structures in context of rehabilitation services; Rehabilitation settings;
Selection of subjects for rehabilitation;
Multidisciplinary team working;
Barriers and facilitators of rehabilitation;
Evidence based practice in rehabilitation;
Rehabilitation in special settings.

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

  • Participate fully in interdisciplinary learning.
  • Critically evaluate rehabilitation service provision in Ireland.
  • Discuss multidisciplinary team working in older person rehabilitation.
  • Reflect on the economic, local and national influences on the provision and selection of subjects for rehabilitation.
  • Analyse the evidence base for commonly used rehabilitation practices.
  • Appraise the merits and challenges of different rehabilitation settings.

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


A ten-credit module equates to 200-250 hours of learning, including approximately 45 hours of structured contact time (3 contact days). These contact days consist of lectures, workshops, group discussion and recommended reading. 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.


Provisional Class Dates 2019/20:


11th September 2019


12th September 2019


13th September 2019





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 Co-ordinator,

CPD Centre, 

An tIonad um Fhorbairt Ghairmiúil Leanúnaigh,

Q+1 floor, The Library, Main Quad, U.C.C.

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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