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Module Title: NUR-30160: Supporting People with Long Term Conditions
Mode of Study:Trimester 1/September
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Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
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‘‘The knowledge I gained in this module has been invaluable and has had a very positive effect on my practice and that of my colleagues, helping to develop new ways of working and a patient resource we are now going to use in practice’. Student Feedback, 2014

This specialist module has been developed in response to the skills required of practitioners across a range of disciplines to meet the needs of the increasing number of people with long term conditions (Skills for Health 2008) and consultation with individuals with long term conditions, stakeholders and clinicians across the health and social care economy. The module acknowledges the students professional background and develops a whole systems approach to supporting the individual and their family/carer. This is enhanced by the provision of an interprofessional learning environment. A blended learning approach is utilised including Keele Learning Environment (KLE) delivered by a combination of classroom and web based activities and resources.

There is an emphasis on effective communication, empowering self-care, management and prevention for individuals with long term condition(s); equipping the student with the skills to actively engage in this process (DH 2007). The module seeks to develop the expertise of the practitioner to work in partnership with the individual, their family/carers, health and social care practitioners and related services addressing the quality requirements laid down within Chapter 2 of the NSF for Long Term Conditions (DH 2005). Embedded within this is the recognition of the diversity of individuals and the significance this has on the management of long term condition(s). The commitment of health and social care providers to provide timely access to appropriate services and support mechanisms is recognised with a focus on partnership working within and across primary and secondary care including all agencies e.g. health, social care and the third sector.

The module is appropriate for a wide range of clinicians who come into contact with individuals with long term condition(s), across a variety of settings i.e. (primary and secondary care, third sector provision and other acute care settings). This module forms part of the Graduate Certificate (Long Term Conditions Pathway), where the achievement of the outcomes are further complimented by the simultaneous undertaking of the Clinical Practice module, where the practitioner has the opportunity to complete all of the given outcomes in their own clinical setting, guided by a focused and specific clinical competency framework. The final module within the Graduate Certificate (Long Term Conditions Pathway) is the Evidence Based Practice module, which facilitates the application of theory to the practitioners own practice area.

This module is a core module for the BSc (Hons) Clinical Practice (Long Term Conditions) Pathway.
This module may be undertaken as a stand alone module elective module within BSc (Hons) award for other pathways.

Normally, Clinical Practice (NUR-30163) is taken alongside this module.

The aim of the long term conditions module is to enhance evidence based knowledge and analytical skills in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care that the individual person, family/carer receive in relation to the management of long term condition(s).

Normally hold a professional registration with an appropriate body and be working within a care setting relevant to the module. Evidence of level 2 academic work or equivalent.

Epidemiology of long term conditions.

The principles and application of models of managing people with long term condition(s): to include the management of people for supported self care, disease-specific case management, and high intensity users of unplanned secondary care (DH 2007; NSF’s; NICE guidelines; Kaiser Permante).

Awareness and critical evaluation of the evidence and current research supporting the management of long term conditions; specific NSF’s coronary heart disease (CHD), heart failure, stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA), hypertension, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), epilepsy, cancer, severe mental health conditions, asthma, and other acknowledged long term conditions (DH 2007) chronic kidney disease, dementia, depression, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, to include NICE guidelines, DH publications and other sources of evidence.

Recognition and appropriate response to management of people with long term conditions; to include understanding of risk prediction tools , physiological and psychosocial observations dependent upon discipline and/or role, effective referral and communication with individuals, families and the multi-disciplinary team, timely referral and co-ordination to areas of least invasive care in the least intensive settings, supporting effective primary care and necessary secondary care (Skills for Health 2008).

Physiology and recognition of related pathophysiology of specific long term conditions.

Bio-psychosocial care of the individual requiring management of long term condition(s); to include identification, assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the physical, psychological and social needs of the person with long term condition(s) dependant upon discipline and/or role communicating within the multi disciplinary team across primary and secondary health and social care settings. (NSF’s; NICE guidelines; Skills for Health).

Empowerment of people to manage self care of long term condition(s); individual budgets, assistive technology, patient experience programme, expert patient and NHS Direct.

Medicines management and the Pharmacy contract.

The interface of management of long term condition(s) and end of life care.

Ethical, legal and professional issues related to care of the patient requiring management of long term condition(s); to include professional accountability, clinical governance, risk management, & relevant legislation and the implications for multi-disciplinary, inter-agency working across health and social care settings.

Service development recognizing and exploring collaborative and integrated ways of working.

The interface of health and social care and primary/secondary care.

No. 01: Assessment Type: Essay
  Assessment Marking Scheme: Assessment rule 40%
  Brief Description: 3000 word essay with integrated case study
  Contribution to the module mark: 50% Qualifying Mark: 40
  Apply For Exemption from Anonymous Assessment: Yes
  Optional Detailed Description of Assessment: Integrated case study evidencing critical analysis of the holistic assessment and supportive care of individual(s) with a long term condition, including the student's professional role within the multi-disciplinary team and collaborative working across the interface of primary and secondary care, health and social care organisations and private sector agencies.

No. 02: Assessment Type: Short Paper
  Assessment Marking Scheme: Assessment rule 40%
  Brief Description: Production of a patient information resource and short supportive paper (500 word).
  Contribution to the module mark: 50% Qualifying Mark: 40
  Apply For Exemption from Anonymous Assessment: Yes
  Optional Detailed Description of Assessment: This assessment will require the student to produce a patient information resource that relates to a specific aspect of self-management of a long term condition with a short supportive paper. The information resource must be developed with patient input. An example structure of the 500 word supporting paper follows:

*Title* - not included in word count

*Clear and well defined aims* - What do you want to cover?

*Rationale* – Why have you chosen this topic ? (1 -2 sentences)

*Brief Background* – put the topic in context, what happens now?

*Key Issues* - Give some sense of why this information is significant for patients to know and understand. Support your discussion with government policy, local policy and evidence based guidelines where appropriate.

*Recommendations *– How can supportive management of long term condition(s) be developed in the area you have identified?

*Reference List* - not included in word count

It is fine to use headings and bullet points in the supporting paper. The supporting paper gives an essence of the key points of your patient information resource