University of Portsmouth Ageing Network
Topics on ageing are integrated across much of the curriculum throughout the University. There are for example whole units delivered in certain courses, such as:
- communication through the life cycle (Speech and Language Therapy)
- the older adult in acute healthcare (Acute Clinical Healthcare)
- perioperative care of older adults (Operating Department Practice)
Ageing-related issues are also brought to life for students through public involvement in teaching and learning within the University. For example, members of the public come as ‘expert patients’ to talk to pharmacy students about their conditions, and discuss how they perceive the healthcare system.
Working in real-life settings is something that is in operation across the University for example, through student placements. In the Dental Academy, students carry out some of their work in nursing homes as they learn about delivering oral health care for older people, and consider ways in which to improve healthcare delivery.
UPAN is working to explore the synergies between teaching being delivered on ageing across the University, sharing good practice, and helping to identify special guest lecturers, to help improve the student experience. We are also maintaining a list of student project ideas, to help connect students with projects which will be of value to the community.