The proportion of adults over the age of 85 is projected to double over the next 25 years (ONS, 2016). With increasing life expectancy, there has been an increase in morbidity.

Recent surveys of the osteopathic profession (by the iO, Fawks 2010 and Vogel 2012), have identified that close to a third of the patient base is over 65 years of age. Whilst experienced osteopaths might feel comfortable with the management of this patient group, the changing nature of disease presentation and the complex interactions that take place in multiple co-morbidities and multi-pharmacy require osteopaths to re-examine their knowledge and skill base. In addition, risk management and legal safeguarding obligations have risen to the forefront with this patient base, particularly since uncovering the actions of convicted murder Dr. Harold Shipman.

This course will help you to:

  • Identify the significant biological changes that take place with aging
  • Brief simulation training
  • Identify and discuss the key clinical risks involved in treating this patient group
  • Discuss the key features of frailty
  • Practise basic balance and falls assessment techniques
  • Explore the key concepts of valid consent and safeguarding in frail older adults
  • Briefly discuss dementia - types and clinical presentation
  • Practise simple tests used for the assessment of mental function

About the course leader

Shireen Ismail graduated with BSc (Hons) from the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy (now called British College of Osteopathic Medicine) in 1997, and completed her MSc in Osteopathy at the same college in 2000. She has practised clinically in a wide range of places including India, Romford, Southampton and London. Shireen has been teaching at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine since 2000. She has been leading the osteopathic diagnosis module of the undergraduate programme at BCOM for 10 years and been involved in postgraduate studies as a Course Leader at the UCO for the last five years. Shireen is also one of the reviewers for the Journal of Bodyworks and Movement Therapy. She has a keen interest in the management of older adults. She has explored this interest by volunteering in a women’s centre in North London and shadowing an NHS pain consultant in a hospital setting.

Please note that registration is at 9am and the course starts at 9.30am.

Refund policy

The UCO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found. The UCO cannot guarantee that any course will run. In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.