Key Facts

Module Title: NUR-40040: Psychological & Social Aspects Of Care
Mode of Study:Part-time
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Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
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This practice-focused module aims to equip practitioners with the skills and knowledge to undertake a comprehensive clinical assessment of the patient with a long term condition and psychological and social functioning. The module will enable the student to develop both a theoretical understanding and a practical application of the management of the patient's psycho-social problems within the clinical setting.

The use of blended learning will be adopted which utilises focused lectures, skills teaching and practice, workshops, online learning along with the student's clinical practice experiences. This multifaceted approach will provide the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills that underpin the assessment and management of psychological and social functioning in long term conditions.

It is expected that at the end of this module students will be able to critically evaluate the interplay between psycho-social issues and patient functioning, exploring the relationship between the individual and societal effects on psycho-social well-being.

  • All candidates will have a nurse or AHP qualification, current registration with the NMC or HCPC, and significant experience of the routine management of patients presenting with long term conditions.
  • Candidates will normally have either a degree or an equivalent professional qualification such as a postgraduate diploma, and appropriate clinical experience.

This module will include the following elements of knowledge and skills acquisition in relation to psycho-social problems encountered in the care of long term conditions:

  • exploration of the interplay between disease status and psychological function;
  • the assessment and management of psycho-social issues, including depression and sexuality;
  • acquisition of effective assessment skills in the appraisal of the individual, family and societal impact of long term conditions;
  • explore health behaviour, control theory and its implications and application for clinical practice;
  • implementing patient educational provision, content delivery and evaluation.

The principal learning and teaching methods used in the module are:

  • Lectures, seminars and workshops: The core of each module delivery mode is a series of face to face tutor-led or group-led seminars or workshops.
  • Web-based learning using the Keele Learning Environment (KLE), Blackboard. 
  • Group work and peer support. All modules use focused group work and class discussions within face to face tutor time.
  • Directed independent study. Most of the study hours for each module comprise independent learning by expecting participants to add depth and breadth to their knowledge of topics, to practice skills and to reflect on critical incidents and their practice.