UCC CPD courses

Principles in Older Person Rehabilitation

Course Fact File
Duration3 days
Teaching ModePart-Time
Fees€1040.00 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing DateUpdated Closing Date: 1st August 2023

To be confirmed for Sem I ; Venues will be booked in advance.


Start DateSemester I : 4th September 2023


The UPDATED CLOSING DATE for applications for this Semester 1 module is 1st August 2023

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 : 

Class Dates 2023/24:



Day 1 of Module is a face-to-face contact day



Face to Face Contact Day




Face to Face Contact Day




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 €995. There is also a €35 application fee.

How To Apply


  • To apply for this module please log on to the UCC APPLY page and create an account.  
  • Gather any additional documents required.
  • An application fee of €35 is payable for this module via the UCC Apply portal.

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