Key Facts

Module Title: NUR-30153: Recognition of Acutely Ill/Deteriorating Clients in Community Settings for Allied Health Professionals
Mode of Study:Trimester 2/March
Contact Details:Contact School of Nursing and Midwifery - 01782 679559
Contact email:nursing.cpd@keele.ac.uk
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Fees: Click for details

This module has been developed in conjunction with senior clinical colleagues and successful Project 9-Education and OD Sub Group Project Submission 2008/9.The content of this module would be beneficial to Allied Health Professional's (AHP's) working across the interface of primary and secondary care identifying clients for intermediate care provision and AHP's working in primary care areas supporting early rehabilitation.

In response to Modernising Allied Health Professions Careers (DH 2008) this module recognises the expertise of this group of professionals and equips them with identified basic physical assessment skills to enhance their role in recognising acutely ill or deteriorating clients in community settings. There is a specific focus on rehabilitation with the aim of supporting care closer to home including; recognition and earlier referral of acutely ill deteriorating clients in community settings and facilitating earlier discharge for higher acuity clients. This module will utilise blended learning methods including Keele Learning Environment (KLE) delivered by a combination of lectures/skills lab activity and web based activities and resources.

This module is available as a stand alone /elective and may be undertaken as a stand alone/ elective module within the BSc (Hons) award for other pathways.

 

This module has two aims. The first aim is to equip allied health professionals to undertake a range of basic clinical assessments enabling the delivery of effective rehabilitation programmes for higher acuity patients in the community setting. The second aim is to inform their clinical decision making promoting evidence based assessment and management to ensure rehabilitation programmes commence early in a safe and supported manner or are referred sooner to the most appropriate professional/area of care

Working within a care setting relevant to the module and would normally hold a professional registration with an appropriate body.

A prerequisite of this module is that you have an identified mentor in practice and access to vital signs monitoring equipment. Full details can be obtained from the module lead.

All content and activities will have a focus on rehabilitation and functional ability.

Awareness and critical evaluation of the evidence base and current research supporting earlier rehabilitation of higher acuity clients in community settings.

Assessment frameworks and history taking.

Recognition and appropriate response to clinical deterioration of adults; to include understanding of Modified Early Warning and track and trigger systems (MEWS)

Understanding the significance of timely physiological observations and observations of trends.

Decision making and timely referral to the multi disciplinary team.

Effective and timely communication with patients and families

Documentation to include measurement of observation, recording of assessment and care planning, delivery and evaluation of care in relation to rehabilitation of higher acuity clients in the community.

Triage and referral skills for physical health concerns.

Collaborative working across the interface of primary and secondary care

Fluid balance and dehydration.

Acute confusional states.

New breathlessness.

Cardiovascular, respiratory and abdominal assessment

Cellulitis

Exercise tolerance.

Understanding of pressure ulcer assessment supportive of meaningful referral to nursing team.

Action of common medications that have significant systemic effects.

Infection control

Skills acquisition in:
• Recording vital signs
• Urinalysis
• Blood glucose monitoring
to include interpretation and action.

Critical exploration of professional issues related to new ways of working.

The module will utilise blended learning methods including Keele Learning Environment (KLE); delivered via a combination of two hourly lectures/skills lab activity and web based activities and resources.

No. 01: Assessment Type: Portfolio
  Assessment Marking Scheme: Assessment rule 40%
  Brief Description: A critically reflective portfolio
  Contribution to the module mark: 100% Qualifying Mark: 40
  Apply For Exemption from Anonymous Assessment: Yes
  Optional Detailed Description of Assessment: To include evidence of the integration of skills into practice and critical exploration of the significance of recognising acutely ill/deteriorating clients in community settings, timely referral and the implications for earlier rehabilitation.

No. 02: Assessment Type: Practical Assessment
  Assessment Marking Scheme: Assessment rule Pass/Fail
  Brief Description: Skills simulation
  Contribution to the module mark: 0% Qualifying Mark: 1
  Apply For Exemption from Anonymous Assessment: Yes
  Optional Detailed Description of Assessment: Skills lab assessment demonstrating; competency in specified skills acquisition, holistic assessment in relation to effects of rehabilitation, recognition of deteriorating clients and appropriate timely referral to multi disciplinary team.