Lymphoedema -The Management of People with Mild and Uncomplicated Oedema and Oedema Associated with Advanced Malignancy Academic Credits

Course Start

Term 2 cont in T3

This course runs over two terms and will be delivered at St Giles Hospice, Lichfield from 09.00 – 16.00 on the following dates:

12, 17, 24, 31 January 2017, 7, 14 February 2017, 7 March 2017, 4, 25 April 2017, 2, 19, 16 May and 6 June 2017

Clinical Placements: 17 February - 6 March 2017

Students will undertake a maximum of 2 days (within one week) of each semester gaining experience of lymphoedema assessment and management.  This experience will be organised with the module leader acting as liaison between the lymphoedema clinic manager and student.

Application

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Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Course outline

30 credit module will be delivered over 2 semesters within one academic year.

Each semester will consist of taught days and a 2-day clinical placement of supervised practice in each semester for each student within the Lymphoedema Clinic at St Giles, facilitated by a named lymphoedema practitioner. This structure allows for good continuing of topic material and allows the participant time to apply the theory taught to practice.

Teaching will take place within the Education and skills Department and the Lymphoedema Clinic, St Giles Hospice.

The aim of the module is to:

Focus on the needs and raise awareness of different patients groups within the lymphoedema population.

The module will develop practitioner’s skills and evidence based knowledge within management of lymphoedema. In order to demonstrate a systematic and comprehensive understanding of multi-professional, evidence-based holistic care of patients with mild and uncomplicated oedema and oedema in advancing disease.

Demonstrate a critical understanding of palliative care and current development/issues and insights within the management of lymphoedema for patients  who have advancing disease.

Critically analyse current research and national and local policies and evaluate arguments regarding the range of care provision for lymphoedema.

Critically evaluate your own practice and continuing professional development in the management of patients with lymphoedema through  a competency document.

The module is offered at academic level 6. Level 6 is intermediate level that focuses on the development of your intellectual and imaginative powers.  You are expected to demonstrate a greater degree of understanding of nursing, placing emphasis on analytical approach.  This will enable you to understand the complexities of practice and develop the skills of academic writing.

Practice Experience

It is expected that students will spend their clinical placement at the Lymphoedema Clinic at St Giles Hospice.

Students will undertake a maximum of 2 days (within one week) of each semester gaining experience of lymphoedema assessment and management.  This experience will be organised with the module leader acting as liaison between the lymphoedema clinic manager and student. 

Entry requirements

All candidates need to have access to patients with lymphoedema and be registered with their professional body.

Course Content

Anatomy and physiology of normal lymphatic system: physiology of oedema: different pre-disposing factors of oedema; prevalence, incidence, identification of those at risk, stages and development of Lymphoedema; clinical features of oedema: assessment and holistic multi-professional approach to care; patient perspective – patients expectations, education and compliance; quality of life issues for Lymphoedema patients; overview of the four cornerstones of treatment for Lymphoedema; psychosocial and psychological issues in care support (patient support groups both locally and nationally): communication and interpersonal skills; ethical considerations within management of care – patient autonomy, choice and informed consent as well as service provision; nature of Lymphoedema in advancing palliative disease – how the disease affects the lymphatics; in advancing disease, paint management, demonstration and practice of lymphatic draining, palliative bandaging, redirecting the flow and compress.  Introduction to the use of reflection of skills and knowledge; concept of lifelong learning and continual development.

Key features

The module is for all nurses, midwives and health visitors on the professional register of the NMC and for all allied health professionals from any work situation in the hospital, hospice or community.
To meet the needs of lymphoedema practitioners and their employers in NHS Trusts and the private and voluntary sectors.

Programme specification

This will be in the form of one assignment weighted at 100% focusing on:

Critically review and compare the care given to a patient with mild and uncomplicated oedema and a patient with oedema in advancing  disease – 3,000

To encourage self-assessment and provide evidence of the progress of theoretical and practical development of the individual practitioner, the student will maintain a competency document.  This will include a practice record and a reflective diary.  The competency document will be utilised during the course 0% weighting (Pass/Fail) (addressing LO.4).  The module competency document can be utilised further by the student as part of a lifelong learning philosophy towards education.  For example, it could be intregated within a Personal Professional Portfolio which is part of the requirements for maintaining effective registration for nurses and midwives
Students must complete the competency document of the assessment in order to submit the summative written assignment.

Both elements of assessment must be passed.

Practice Experience

It is expected that students will spend their clinical placement at the Lymphoedema Clinic at St Giles Hospice.

Students will undertake a maximum of 2 days (within one week) of each semester gaining experience of lymphoedema assessment and management.  This experience will be organised with the module leader acting as liaison between the lymphoedema clinic manager and student. 

Contact

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