Protecting the Elderly and Vulnerable

Class Size

Minimum of six (6) and up to a maximum of twelve (12), in order to maintain a high quality of teaching and supervision.


Two (2) days Full Time

Who is the course for?

Hospital / Healthcare nurses and assistants / A&E / Care homes and Ambulance staff, custody nurses, staff working in detention centres, community support officers, housing agencies, local council staff and any other category of front line workers who are likely to be confronted with the vulnerable or challenging and threatening conflict situations as part of their job undertaking within the elderly population.

Entry requirement

A basic level of medical / physical fitness and a keen interest and commitment towards the disciplines of learning: Prior experience is not necessary. Applicants will be provided with a list of pre-course information prior to the start of the course, in order to advise them on course expectations and requirements.

Course content

This course contains a theoretical and practical component, including principles of, legislations, Health & Safety, Anatomy & Physiology, Diversity responsiveness, Personal protection, Impact of aging, Prevention of abuse and Compassionate restraint. It is specifically designed for categories of front line staff who work with the elderly who might be vulnerable, confused, disturbed or display other challenging behaviour problems.


There will be a pass / fail outcome attached to this course. Participants will be assessed using a range of formative and summative systems. Unsuccessful participants will be offered three additional assessment opportunities on the particular course in order to achieve required competency. Finally, unsuccessful participants may chose to discuss future options with class tutor.


Successful participants will receive a certificate of competence based upon successful completion of required demonstrations in the classroom setting.


Ongoing update is essential in order to be informed of current legislations and also to improve personal, professional development and competencies within required competency and safety guidelines. Updates should be attended at least annually, in order to meet those requirements. Participants who fail to attend annual updates will be considered incompetent, unsafe to practice and may be required to retake an entire course in order that their competence can be authorised. Update programme will be conducted over a period of one (1) day.


Mr Carl Ryan, Carl Ryan, RMN, Cert. Ed., BA (Hon), MPhil – Principal Tutor.


Available on request