Frailty: Identification and interventions

Course overview

This course is a comprehensive resource covering the skills, knowledge and behaviours expected of healthcare professionals involved in the health, care and support of people living with frailty. 

This course is aimed at Tier 3 capabilities and skills - all Health, social care and other professionals who provide expert care and lead services for people living with frailty.

Course modules

Modules in this course include:

  • Definition of frailty
  • Explanation and review of frailty scales
  • Prevalence of frailty in different settings: community, care homes, acute admissions and inpatients
  • Theories underpinning the pathophysiology of frailty
  • Clinical presentation of frail older people
  • Adverse outcomes of frailty in different settings: community and inpatients
  • Evidence based interventions to improve outcomes for frail older people in a range of settings
  • Develop course participant's ability to articulate arguments to focus on the care of older people
  • Help course participant to  employ a range of teaching techniques to influence colleagues behaviours to older people
  • Frailty Core Capabilities Framework (understanding tiers and articulate this when discussing frailty with other healthcare professionals, patients and family)
  • Review of an older persons' experience of living with Frailty and understand the patient's desired outcomes
  • Anticipatory care planning
  • Treatment
  • Language of frailty – for appropriate use in conversations with carers
  • Develop skills to be able to advocate for frail older people
  • Aid demonstration of experience with frailty pathways

Access to the course runs for 90 days, but can be reset on request. It carries 10 CPD distance learning credits from the RCP (London)

Course options

The elearning course is accessible in two versions: 

1. Content only

This permits the participant to view all the module chapters and undertake the multiple-choice questions as a means to check their understanding of the content covered. It does not issue a certificate of completion, or a CPD certificate. BGS Members can access this free of charge, and non-members for an additional fee.

2.  Full course with CPD

This permits the participant to view all the module chapters, and undertake the multiple-choice questions. If the participant achieves an average of 80% pass rate on the Multiple choice questions across all module chapters, a CPD certificate is issued to reflect this. This access is charged for both members and non-members of the BGS.

The BGS is funded solely by its members and educational activities. Development of this module incurred costs, as does the administration and issuing of CPD certificates. Please contact conferences [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk with further queries.

  BGS Member Non-Member
Full Course (With CPD) £150 £300
Content access only £0.00 £100
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How to register for this e-learning course

BGS members can register for free access using the pink button at the side of this page. If you are a member who has taken the free content-only version but wish to upgrade your access to receive CPD, please email conferences [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk so we can process this for you.

If you are a non-member, we encourage you to join the BGS in order to benefit from the membership discount. If you want to continue as a non-member, you will need to pay during registration.

Accessing the e-learning course

Once registered, you can immediately access the course.

If you wish to come back and take the course later, you can do so by logging into your BGS website account. Once logged in, click on 'My account' at the top right corner of the page and then select the 'My e-learning' button (see image, right). From here, you will be able to see all the courses you are registered for which are currently running. Note that access to the course runs for 90 days, but can be reset on request. 

Remember to click on 'Exit Activity' before you leave the course page to ensure you record your progress.

The course may not run properly on Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge, so we would advise using a different internet browser if possible (for example Chrome, Safari or Firefox).