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Stand Alone Modules

 

A Stand Alone Module is normally 3 hours’ contact time per week for 12 weeks, which is then formally assessed. Students who successfully complete a Stand Alone Module may be eligible for entry to our degree programmes.

Module Aim

  • Stand Alone modules give the applicant an opportunity to:
  • Return to study Update in a new field of practice Further develop knowledge and skills in the current area of practice On successful completion of the module the participant will be awarded CATs points, which may count towards another award.Students may access a number of Stand Alone modules offered within a variety of nursing programmes. The modules may stipulate that participants must be working in a relevant clinical environment. Stand Alone modules are available at Degree Level (Level 3).

Module Outline

Each Stand Alone Module is worth 20 CATs points. Where a clinical skills component is included, there may be a requirement for support and supervision of an experienced practitioner within the student’s clinical area.  We do offer a limited selection of Level 2 modules, which are designed specifically to prepare you for degree level study. Nurses and midwives who completed their training before 1991 (excluding Project 2000 students) may be interested in taking some or all of these courses. These do not, however, contribute to a BSc (Hons) in Health Studies award. Please note that courses are subject to a minimum registration, so it may not be possible to run all courses each year.

Duration

A Stand Alone Module must be completed within one academic semester.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must normally hold a professional qualification. Note: Some modules require a specific professional qualification.  Candidates must have 120 CATs points at Level 1 and 120 CATs points at Level 2 for entry to Level 3 study. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements should contact the School for advice.

How to apply

 

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN.

PLEASE EMAIL s.cunningham@qub.ac.uk TO ACCESS A FEE PAYING APPLICATION FORM.

CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION FORM WEDNESDAY, 31 JULY 2019

LEVEL 3 AND LEVEL 7 STAND ALONE MODULES

* Students accessing these modules must be working in the relevant clinical area.

  • ADMINISTRATION OF SYSTEMIC ANTI-CANCER THERAPIES - HSN 3016*

    Available in Semester Two

     

    This 40 credit double module is designed for nurses working in Cancer units. It covers the following subjects: cellular kinetics and tumour growth, the preparation and safe handling of systemic anti-cancer therapies, and the specialist care of the patient receiving these treatment.

  • ASSESSMENT AND ADVANCED COMMUNICATION - SPR 3070

    Available in Semester One

     

    This module is required within a specialist practice pathway to allow students to evaluate person centred assessment and develop new insights of the global appraisal of the patient whilst demonstrating effective communication skills. The specialist nurse is expected to exercise higher levels of judgement and decision making in specialist care and communicate effectively. Therefore the module will be dedicated to communication, the philosophy of holism, person centred care, lifespan continuum and process of disease development, and interpreting patient data.  The primary purpose of specialist practice is competent client assessment, effective communication and ensuring patient safety.

  • BREAST AND CERVICAL SCREENING FOR NURSES, MIDWIVES AND HEALTH VISITORS - MID 3036

     PLEASE NOTE THIS MODULE IS SUBJECT TO VIABLE NUMBERS (MINIMUM 10 APPLICANTS)

     

    Available in Semester One

     

    This module will enable you to use higher levels of judgement and discretion when undertaking cervical smears and teaching breast awareness, and deliver a higher quality service. You will acquire skills such as taking a cervical smear, principles of communication, counselling and teaching, as well as psycho-sexual counselling. You will undertake relevant research and be able to critically analyse National Screening programmes for the benefit of patients.

    The programme also explores the anatomy and physiology of the breast, cervical and genitor-urinary medical conditions, and the ethical and legal issues surrounding screening. Practical supervision will be provided in the student’s own practice such as in a health centre, general practitioner practice or family planning clinic audited by Queen’s and recognised as agreed training facilities. Students must have an identified and agreed supervisor of practice and have negotiated their clinical placement with the module leader prior to commencing the course.

  • CHILD CARE AND THE LAW - HSN 3043

    Available in Semester Two


    This module explores Child Care law, looking at key areas of statutory and case law, and related policy and guidelines that impact on care provision for children with differing needs in health care settings. It covers children from birth to 18 years and reviews the Children NI Order 1995, related legislation and the Courts that deal with family matters and juvenile crime. It looks at the role and functions of key agencies and their impact on enforcing children’s rights. The tort of negligence, duty of care and consent in minors is explored as is data protection and freedom of information legislation; including professional guidelines on record keeping and report writing and care plans, and for case conferences and the courts. Also, the preparation and giving of evidence is reviewed.

  • FUNDAMENTALS OF COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY - HSN 3026

    Available in Semester One


    This module will provide students with an overview of psychotherapy; models of mental illness and principles of cognitive behaviour therapy. It will also look at the areas of engagement, therapeutic relationship and therapeutic alliance; collaborative empiricism; strengths based assessment, resilience focused conceptualisation, planning, implementing and outcome based evaluating (using empirical measures); awareness, recognition, assessment of depression and anxiety; CBT interpersonal and communication skills; clinical supervision; ethical principles.

  • HEALTH ASSESSMENT - NMP 3002

    Available in Semester One

     

    This module gives students the opportunity to assess the health of clients in their care using a range of interventions and aims to integrate theoretical knowledge to underpin the skills required for competent physical and mental health assessment.

  • ISSUES IN DEMENTIA CARE - HSN 3032

    Available in Semester Two

     

    This module will address emerging policy guidelines for the provision of care for older people.  Rehabilitation, political ideology, disability, bereavement, empowerment, empathy, local and international issues, support and pressure groups.

  • LEADING AND FACILITATING - SPR 3041

    Available in Semester One

     

    This compulsory module will enable students to evaluate their leadership skills and ability to facilitate others. By exploring clinical governance, reflective practice, leadership theory and models of facilitation, students will become more self aware and demonstrate effectiveness in helping others to learn, problem solve and develop in practice. Emphasis will also be placed on practice development, quality improvement risk and resource management. An awareness of current affairs, media and political issues will be debated in the module. Supported self directed learning and blended learning techniques will be utilised throughout the module.

  • MANAGING PATIENT DETERIORATION - HSN 3001

    Available in Semester One

     

    This module has been developed to help provide the nurse with the relevant education and training to enable them to care effectively for the acutely ill patient. Acutely ill patients are no longer confined to intensive care or high dependency areas but are increasingly being nursed on general wards in the hospital. The application of physiology to the assessment, prevention and management of the seriously ill patient with breathing, circulatory or renal insufficiency will be developed with specific reference to evidence based practice.

  • MIDWIFERY EXAMINATION OF THE NEWBORN - MID 3077

    Available in Semester Two

     

    This module will prepare midwives to undertake the examination of the newborn as screening for abnormality. It will include theory of the normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology of major systems as well as the clinical components that would enable the midwife to develop her clinical skills. Theory will be covered during study days and clinical practice will be developed during work time in the maternity unit under supervision. Students will be required to demonstrate knowledge of the theory and practice of examination of the newborn and assessment will be both practical and written.

  • MODULES OF DEMENTIA CARE - HSN 3031

    Available in Semester One

     

    The aim of this short course is to facilitate registered nurses in developing the practical skills necessary to function effectively when caring for people with dementia and to appreciate the underpinning principles of practice alongside a detailed awareness of current evidence based care.

  • PALLIATIVE AND END OF LIFE CARE - NUR 3007

    Available in Semester Two

     

    This module covers a range of issues including; exploration of the nature of nursing in palliative care, the management of pain and understanding of the patho-physiological nature of pain; pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of pain; symptom control and nursing assessment / intervention in gastrointestinal, respiratory and metabolic symptoms and their management.

  • PHYSIOLOGY:HOMEOSTASIS IN ACUTE AND CRITICAL HEALTHCARE - NRS 3008

    Available in Semester One

     

    Following introductory lectures on key concepts underpining the homeostatic nature of the human body, this module will focus on specific physiological disruption and adaptation processes in the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and nervous systems within the context of acute and critical health care. In addition, related immunobiological, gastro-intestinal and haematological concepts will also be studies.

  • PRESSURE ULCER PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT - NRS 3072

    Taught over two semesters

     

    This module will focus on the effects of pressure and shear on blood flow, identification of at risk patients, nutrition and tissue viability, effects of posture and seating, manual handling, pressure mapping, pressure ulcer grading, prevalence and incidence collection and multi-professional care plan development.

  • RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT IN CLINICAL PRACTICE - SPN 3001

    Available in Semester Two

     

    This module will build on the students’ existing knowledge, enabling them to develop as independent, critical and experienced practitioners who can develop change strategies within their own area of practice. Change in specialist areas requires practitioners to critically review research based practice, value its worth and disseminate this to promote and enhance the quality of patient care. The module will provide experienced nurses with the ability to apply research based knowledge and skills to evaluate the care and management of those patients/clients in their own area of clinical practice.

  • SUBSTANCE MISUSE

    From a public health perspective figures from the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre showing a 5% rise in overall admissions for drug and alcohol related mental and behavioural disorders is very worrying. Substance misuse is something that can develop very insidiously and what often began as a voluntary choice has turned into a physiological and psychological need.


    This module will explore the epidemiology of substance use across the life-span. You will have an understanding of the diagnostic and screening assessment and treatment process. Using an early intervention framework you will develop the skills of early recognition and extended brief interventions. Current pharmacological treatments will be reviewed. Particular attention will be given to co-morbid mental and physical illnesses.

  • SELF HARM

    Self-harm is increasingly common, but is often hidden. It can be hard to know what might be causing a person to self-harm, and how to help and support them. Most people who self-harm say it gives them some relief from unbearably painful emotions or numbness. Most say they are not suicidal, but a small number are truly suicidal, and it is known that people who repeatedly self-harm are at increased risk of dying by suicide.


    This module aims to highlight the difference between self-harm and suicide and explore the role self-harm plays in the management of extreme distress. You will learn how to work more empathically and effectively with services users who present with this method off dealing with distress. Providing support for the family through education and skills development will be a significant aspect of this module.

  • THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS: COMMUNICATING WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE DEMENTIA - HSN 3033

    Available in Semester Two

     

    This module focuses on modules and theoris of dementia; attitudes to dementia; therapeutic interventions in caring for persons with dementia in different care settings; multi-dimensional assessment; care / case management; therapeutic interventions for the family; community care issues in dementia care; health education / health promotion and the role of the gerontological nurse in the care of people with dementia.

  • TISSUE REPAIR AND REGENERATION - HSN 3013

    Available in Semester One


    This module will focus on the physiological process of wound healing, extrinsic and intrinsic factors affecting wound healing, microbiology of wounds, assessment of patients with wounds and acute and chronic wound management, including management options.

  • ULTRASOUND SCANNING - MID 3076*

    Available in Semester Two


    This 40 credit double module will facilitate competence in ultrasound scanning techniques by developing students’ skills and ensuring confident interpretation of ultrasound scanning.

  • LEVEL 7 MODULE - MATERNAL PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH

    Perinatal mental health issues are common, with around 1 in 5 women experiencing an issue either during pregnancy or after birth. Prompt and effective treatment minimises the risk for the mother and improves outcomes for mother and family unit. This module is designed for any health care professional that interacts with pregnant women, mothers and their families during the perinatal period*.

    It will cover the prediction, detection, treatment and management of maternal mental ill health through the multi-disciplinary/agency service models currently in operation in alignment with the NI Perinatal Mental Health Pathway. Both emergent and pre-existing mental health issues on the perinatal mental health spectrum will be explored with the aim of developing critical knowledge and understanding. The implications of mental illness during the perinatal period for women, infants and their families will also be included. The module will draw on the teaching expertise of both mental health nursing professionals and midwifery staff within the School and external clinical expertise as appropriate.


    (*For the purposes of this module, perinatal is defined as pregnancy and postnatal period up to 12 months following birth.)