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PgDip Specialist Practice Nursing - Tissue Viability Nursing

Academic Year 2020/21

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Programme Title

PgDip Specialist Practice Nursing - Tissue Viability Nursing

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Postgraduate Diploma

Programme Code

SPR-PD-TV

UCAS Code

HECoS Code

100747

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

Yes

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Part Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

2 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

120

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Nursing & Midwifery

Quality Code
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code

Higher Education Credit Framework for England
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/higher-education-credit-framework-for-england

Level 7

Subject Benchmark Statements
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/quality-code/qualifications-frameworks.pdf

Nursing (2009)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 08-05-14

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

No

Programme Specific Regulations

Examinations
The programme is governed by the University General Regulations.

Attendance
• A minimum of 75% class attendance is required. Students who fail to satisfy the attendance requirements will be referred to the Course Director.

Adherence to protected time (75 days over 2 years) is monitored on an ongoing basis by the PEF, Sign Off Mentor and student. Any issues arising are rectified at clinical level if this is not possible then the Pathway Leader is brought into the negotiations. All absences must be made up prior to completion of programme. When making up absence, a student is not permitted to exceed the EU requirement of a 45-hour working week.
Professional Competence & Ensuring Balance between Theory & Practice

NMC Standards (2001) 50 % Theory and 50% Practice

This jointly approved programme has both academic and clinical components. The academic award is conferred by the University adhering to university rules and regulations for successful completion of modules and accumulation of academic credit.

The clinical component adheres to the NMC (2001) outcomes for specialist practice with the academic and clinical routes intertwined and mutually dependent and no precedence is given to either.

To allow students to build upon theoretical concepts around management, leadership and clinical knowledge and skills protected time is embedded in the clinical component and is facilitated by collaboration between the Manager, Practice Education Facilitator (PEF), Course Director, Pathway Leader and Sign Off Mentor for each specialist pathway.

Sign off Mentors are notified of this through the ‘Update for Sign off Mentor’ days. Students must have 75 days (563 hours) contact time with the “Sign Off” mentor in the two year programme (NMC, 2001) Adherence to protected time (75 days over 2 years) is monitored on an ongoing basis by the PEF, Sign Off Mentor and student.

Any issues arising are rectified at clinical level if this is not possible then the Pathway Leader is brought into the negotiations. All absences must be made up prior to completion of programme. When making up absence, a student is not permitted to exceed the EU requirement of a 45-hour working week.

The academic modules (50% theory) are immersed in practice and in this sense the central part of practice is acknowledged.

The ethos of the Clinical Competency Profile (50% practice) is a continuous developmental model where students identify through self assessment (Using Benner’s Taxonomy) their individual learning needs based on NMC guidance.

Written guidelines are provided at the beginning of year one by the Pathway Leader, these are discussed and negotiated with the student in the presence of the Sign Off Mentor at the initial meeting.

A tripartite collaboration between the student, Pathway Leader and Sign off Mentor facilitates student self-assessment at this juncture using the NMC competencies as guidance.

Any specific student-centred learning needs different from those discussed are explored and included in the learning contract (see appendix 1 Learning contract).

The student will be required to provide evidence of the integration of theoretical knowledge as applied to their specific specialty in the Clinical Competency Profile.

Weekly direct and/or indirect contact between student and Sign Off Mentor ensures ongoing reflection, problem-solving and development of leadership and specialist skills are fostered.

Also regular and informed tripartite meetings take place throughout the two year programme to track the student’s progress and discuss any issues of concern highlighted by the Sign Off Mentor or Pathway Leader and an action plan put in place to resolve challenges to progress.

Progress

The Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Practice (hereafter PG Diploma) is a postgraduate course of the School of Nursing and Midwifery within the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences. The PG Diploma shall be conferred upon registered students of the University who have undertaken the approved course of study and successfully completed all prescribed assessments, examinations and clinical practice. The programme is subject to the University Calendar Regulations. In addition the following programme specific regulations apply:

The PG Diploma is a 2 year part time programme of preparation leading to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma and to a recordable qualification on the appropriate part of the NMC Professional Register.

Once registered with the University, each student will be assigned a Personal Tutor.

Students with protected characteristics

This programme includes practical and clinical elements where patient safety must be the primary consideration.

Applications will be considered on an individual basis and in conjunction with professional guidelines, Occupational Health and Disability Services.

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

Yes
Fitness to Practise programmes are those which permit students to enter a profession which is itself subject to Fitness to Practise rules.

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

To enable students to develop the specialist knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to meet the NMC (UKCC 2001) Standards for Specialist Education and Practice.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Identify and critically assess and manage critical clinical events and episodes ensuring safe and effective care.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Online learning, lectures, independent study, directed reading and seminar presentations. Skills using higher levels of judgement and synthesis demonstrated by online forums, learning, group learning activities, problem-based exercises, tutorials.

Methods of Assessment

Cognitive / intellectual skills are assessed throughout the programme, including simulation, examinations, written course work and assessed seminars (which includes detailed questioning) in accordance with University guidelines for Level 7 assessment.

Provide a range of psycho-social and emotional intentions (including counselling, motivational interviewing and supportive conversations) for psycho-social and emotional support for individuals and their carers.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Online learning, lectures, independent study, directed reading and seminar presentations. Skills using higher levels of judgement and synthesis demonstrated by online forums, learning, group learning activities, problem-based exercises, tutorials.

Methods of Assessment

Cognitive / intellectual skills are assessed throughout the programme, including simulation, examinations, written course work and assessed seminars (which includes detailed questioning) in accordance with University guidelines for Level 7 assessment.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Promote and improve health and prevent disease in individuals and groups.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Online learning, lectures, independent study, directed reading and seminar presentations. Skills using higher levels of judgement and synthesis demonstrated by online forums, learning, group learning activities, problem-based exercises, tutorials.

Methods of Assessment

Cognitive / intellectual skills are assessed throughout the programme, including simulation, examinations, written course work and assessed seminars (which includes detailed questioning) in accordance with University guidelines for Level 7 assessment.

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Identify and critically articulate those ethical and legal issues which have implications for nursing practice.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Online learning, lectures, independent study, directed reading and seminar presentations. Skills using higher levels of judgement and synthesis demonstrated by online forums, learning, group learning activities, problem-based exercises, tutorials.

Methods of Assessment

Cognitive / intellectual skills are assessed throughout the programme, including simulation, examinations, written course work and assessed seminars (which includes detailed questioning) in accordance with University guidelines for Level 7 assessment.

Critically advise on educational opportunities and other initiatives that underpin the development and support of specialist knowledge and skills in others.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Online learning, lectures, independent study, directed reading and seminar presentations. Skills using higher levels of judgement and synthesis demonstrated by online forums, learning, group learning activities, problem-based exercises, tutorials.

Methods of Assessment

Cognitive / intellectual skills are assessed throughout the programme, including simulation, examinations, written course work and assessed seminars (which includes detailed questioning) in accordance with University guidelines for Level 7 assessment.

Contribute to and shape an environment in which clinical practice development is fostered, evaluated and disseminated.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Online learning, lectures, independent study, directed reading and seminar presentations. Skills using higher levels of judgement and synthesis demonstrated by online forums, learning, group learning activities, problem-based exercises, tutorials.

Methods of Assessment

Cognitive / intellectual skills are assessed throughout the programme, including simulation, examinations, written course work and assessed seminars (which includes detailed questioning) in accordance with University guidelines for Level 7 assessment.

Critically discern, apply and disseminate research findings in tissue viability practice.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Online learning, lectures, independent study, directed reading and seminar presentations. Skills using higher levels of judgement and synthesis demonstrated by online forums, learning, group learning activities, problem-based exercises, tutorials.

Methods of Assessment

Cognitive / intellectual skills are assessed throughout the programme, including simulation, examinations, written course work and assessed seminars (which includes detailed questioning) in accordance with University guidelines for Level 7 assessment.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Exhibit initiative, personal responsibility and leadership in clinical practice.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Online resources and submissions, simulations, OSCE’s lectures, tutorials, seminars and work based learning.

Methods of Assessment

Simulation, examinations, written course work and assessed seminars (which includes detailed questioning).

Demonstrate the use of advanced communication in clinical practice.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Online resources and submissions, simulations, OSCE’s lectures, tutorials, seminars and work based learning.

Methods of Assessment

Simulation, examinations, written course work and assessed seminars (which includes detailed questioning).

Exercise decision making skills.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Online resources and submissions, simulations, OSCE’s lectures, tutorials, seminars and work based learning.

Methods of Assessment

Simulation, examinations, written course work and assessed seminars (which includes detailed questioning).

Competently demonstrate risk management strategies

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Online resources and submissions, simulations, OSCE’s lectures, tutorials, seminars and work based learning.

Methods of Assessment

Simulation, examinations, written course work and assessed seminars (which includes detailed questioning).

Effectively manage time and efficient use of physical and technological resources.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Online resources and submissions, simulations, OSCE’s lectures, tutorials, seminars and work based learning.

Methods of Assessment

Simulation, examinations, written course work and assessed seminars (which includes detailed questioning).

Develop personal learning and performance.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Online resources and submissions, simulations, OSCE’s lectures, tutorials, seminars and work based learning.

Methods of Assessment

Simulation, examinations, written course work and assessed seminars (which includes detailed questioning).

Problem solve in complex situations.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Online resources and submissions, simulations, OSCE’s lectures, tutorials, seminars and work based learning.

Methods of Assessment

Simulation, examinations, written course work and assessed seminars (which includes detailed questioning).

Work collaboratively with all disciplines, and agencies

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Online resources and submissions, simulations, OSCE’s lectures, tutorials, seminars and work based learning.

Methods of Assessment

Simulation, examinations, written course work and assessed seminars (which includes detailed questioning).

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Autonomously assess the holistic needs of patients and their families/carers and integrate this into a programme of appropriate treatment and care that is acceptable to the patient.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Approaches such as online modules, blended learning sessions, lectures, tutorials, seminars, self-directed learning, reading from peer reviewed journals and texts.

Methods of Assessment

Knowledge and understanding is predominantly assessed through written examinations, simulation, assignments and seminar presentations.

Work autonomously within a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency context.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Approaches such as online modules, blended learning sessions, lectures, tutorials, seminars, self-directed learning, reading from peer reviewed journals and texts.

Methods of Assessment

Knowledge and understanding is predominantly assessed through written examinations, simulation, assignments and seminar presentations.

Offer clinical leadership and contribute to the design, implementation and monitoring of quality standards of care.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Approaches such as online modules, blended learning sessions, lectures, tutorials, seminars, self-directed learning, reading from peer reviewed journals and texts.

Methods of Assessment

Knowledge and understanding is predominantly assessed through written examinations, simulation, assignments and seminar presentations.

Contribute to the design and delivery of multi-disciplinary teaching and assessment initiatives and processes.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Approaches such as online modules, blended learning sessions, lectures, tutorials, seminars, self-directed learning, reading from peer reviewed journals and texts.

Methods of Assessment

Knowledge and understanding is predominantly assessed through written examinations, simulation, assignments and seminar presentations.

Contribute to the design, delivery and evaluation of quality improvement initiatives and audit.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Approaches such as online modules, blended learning sessions, lectures, tutorials, seminars, self-directed learning, reading from peer reviewed journals and texts.

Methods of Assessment

Knowledge and understanding is predominantly assessed through written examinations, simulation, assignments and seminar presentations.

Highlight, disseminate and integrate recommendations from published reports into practice.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Approaches such as online modules, blended learning sessions, lectures, tutorials, seminars, self-directed learning, reading from peer reviewed journals and texts.

Methods of Assessment

Knowledge and understanding is predominantly assessed through written examinations, simulation, assignments and seminar presentations.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Contribute to the design of, and critically review, implement and evaluate standards of tissue viability nursing care.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Outcomes are achieved through clinical placement and supported practice alongside online learning, lectures, discussions and simulation, discussion groups and critical reading.

Methods of Assessment

These skills are assessed through examinations, simulations, seminar, clinically focused assignments and the completion of a clinical practice portfolio.

Plan, provide and evaluate specialist clinical nursing care across a continuum of care provision in order to meet the health needs of individuals and carers.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Outcomes are achieved through clinical placement and supported practice alongside online learning, lectures, discussions and simulation, discussion groups and critical reading.

Methods of Assessment

These skills are assessed through examinations, simulations, seminar, clinically focused assignments and the completion of a clinical practice portfolio.

Support and empower patients and clients, their families and other carers to influence and participate in decisions concerning their care.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Outcomes are achieved through clinical placement and supported practice alongside online learning, lectures, discussions and simulation, discussion groups and critical reading.

Methods of Assessment

These skills are assessed through examinations, simulations, seminar, clinically focused assignments and the completion of a clinical practice portfolio.

Assess and meet the health needs of patients, clients and carers, critically evaluating the process and delivery of outcomes.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Outcomes are achieved through clinical placement and supported practice alongside online learning, lectures, discussions and simulation, discussion groups and critical reading.

Methods of Assessment

These skills are assessed through examinations, simulations, seminar, clinically focused assignments and the completion of a clinical practice portfolio.

Contribute to the identification and negotiation of learning outcomes for students and help meet these through preceptorship, mentorship, counselling, clinical supervision and creation of an environment conducive to learning.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Outcomes are achieved through clinical placement and supported practice alongside online learning, lectures, discussions and simulation, discussion groups and critical reading.

Methods of Assessment

These skills are assessed through examinations, simulations, seminar, clinically focused assignments and the completion of a clinical practice portfolio.

Initiate, contribute to, promote and evaluate innovation and practice developments which contribute to the quality improvement.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Outcomes are achieved through clinical placement and supported practice alongside online learning, lectures, discussions and simulation, discussion groups and critical reading.

Methods of Assessment

These skills are assessed through examinations, simulations, seminar, clinically focused assignments and the completion of a clinical practice portfolio.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Leading and Facilitating

SPR7041

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Practice Competency Profile

SPR3000

7

0

YES

YES

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Patient Focused Care in Specialist Tissue Viability Nursing Practice

SPR7075

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Human Factors and Complexity in Tissue Viability Care

SPR7076

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Notes

The Specialist Practice programme has a modular design. It follows a two semester academic year and is offered as a part-time study over two years. The programme must be completed within 5 years. Fifty per cent of the programme will be theoretical; students must undertake all core and filed specific modules worth 120 CATS over a two year period and modules will be published on a yearly basis depending on the requirement of students registered. And fifty per cent of the programme will be practice based. This will normally be undertaken within the student's place of work. Additional practice placements may be necessary.

Please note: SPR3000 Practice Competency Profile continues through the second year of the programme.