School of Nursing and Midwifery

BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Long Term Conditions

The BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Long Term Conditions will build on your ability to care for patients with long-term conditions as well as enabling you to support your patients to manage their own health and agree a care plan based on their personal needs. This pathway is aimed at a wide range of healthcare professionals and offers an approach to gaining specialist and advanced knowledge specifically tailored for those working in long-term care.

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Enhance your career in the healthcare professions

This programme is part of the largest range of healthcare study options in the South West.

Key features

  • Gain the knowledge and ability to care for patients with long-term conditions and assist them to manage their own health by creating care plans based on their individual needs.
  • Undertake a programme reflective of the current health and social care agenda within long-term conditions that is flexible and responsive to employers needs and service delivery.
  • Find out more about current therapeutic, technological and complementary interventions to empower your patient and their family to live as full a life as possible.
  • Establish partnership working with members of the multi-disciplinary team whilst respecting professional identity and remit, as well as giving you the opportunity to enhance the care you give by learning to work more effectively across professional and organisational boundaries.
  • Select optional modules to enhance your specific work role and to help you become a challenging and critical thinking practitioner with a range of transferable skills who can effectively contribute to service enhancement.
  • Develop confidence, competence and emotional resilience to consistently exercise personal responsibility and professional accountability for decision making and the provision of high-quality safe care.
  • Underpin your interventions with the best available evidence, contemporary knowledge and high-level clinical decision-making skills.
  • Flexibly designed programme enabling you to ‘step on and step off’ over a five-year period in response to service need and professional circumstances.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • This programme offers the awards of BSc /BSc (Hons), Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma.

    BSc – to achieve a BSc you will need to earn 80 credits by undertaking two 20 credit core modules and up to two optional modules adding up to 40 credits.

    BSc (Hons) – to achieve a BSc (Hons) you will need to earn 120 credits by undertaking three core modules - two 20 credit modules and one 40 credit module - and up to two optional modules adding up to 40 credits.

    Students who have previously obtained a health related degree at 2:2 or above are eligible to access the programme via the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma route – please see panel below for further details.

    The module 'HEAD361 - Independent study' is only a core module for students who wish to achieve the BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Long Term Conditions award.

    For further information on the modules that make up this programme please visit the BSc (Hons)/ BSc Professional Development modules.

    Examples of optional modules (not exhaustive)

    HEAD362 – Clinical decision making in healthcare practice
    HEAB396 – Diabetes mellitus
    HEAC368 – Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – management in primary care

    Core modules
    • ADV605 Advancing the Management of Long Term Conditions

      This module focuses on developing knowledge and understanding to support service development for people with long term conditions' that is person centred; promoting self-management and collaborative working. The module is based upon best practice as discussed within national and international policy and guidelines. It will explore in depth the impact of long term conditions on the individual, their family and carers.

    • HEAD360 Understanding Evidence to Inform Clinical Decision Making

      The module is designed to extend students' knowledge around evidence-informed decision making. This will be achieved through students identifying and evaluating a body of research-based evidence relevant to clinical practice.

    • HEAD361 Independent Study

      This module extends knowledge of primary and secondary research and develops critical appraisal skills. Students construct an 8000 word integrative literature review of a practice focused research topic.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Hons Professional Development in Long Term Conditions pathway specification 6164

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the BSc or BSc (Hons) programme you will need to be either a registered health and social care professional or a health and social care worker in possession of previous study at level 5 (foundation degree /diploma of higher education).

If you wish to undertake the graduate certificate and graduate diploma award pathways you must already hold an honours degree at 2:2 or above in a health or health related subject.

If you wish to undertake any clinical skills modules as part of your programme you will need to be working in an environment where you can meet the learning outcomes.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English in accordance with the University’s Admissions Code of Practice - IELTS minimum of 7 in each part.

AP(E)L:
Claims for credit for prior learning, whether certificated or experiential are accepted and will be assessed following University regulations and faculty procedures.

Fees, costs and funding

The fee for this programme is dependent on the modules undertaken. Please see the relevant module web pages for further information.

How to apply

This programme will commence in September 2017. For further information please contact the Professional Development Team.

Applications for this programme can usually be made throughout the year. Please check the closing date and apply as early as possible as our programmes are popular.

Apply for this programme

To apply for this programme please contact the Professional Development Unit:

Professional Development Unit
4th floor, Rolle Building
Plymouth University
Drake Circus
Plymouth PL4 8AA

Email: pdu@plymouth.ac.uk

Tel: +44 1752 586951

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information, to take part in an interview (which in the case if you are an overseas student may be by telephone or video conference) or you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website.

Support is also available from our International Office if you are an overseas student applying to the University.

Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma

If you have previously obtained a health related honours degree at 2:2 or above, you are eligible to access this programme via the graduate certificate/diploma route:

Graduate Certificate Professional Development in Long Term Conditions - 60 credits at degree level

Graduate Diploma Professional Development in Long Term Conditions - 120 credits at degree level 

Students seeking to achieve either qualification will be required to achieve the specified number of credits by choosing from a range of pathway specific modules.

Please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

Opportunities for postgraduate study in nursing

Be at the forefront of changes to the traditional ways of working and become a Clinical Practitioner (CP) with our MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Clinical Practitioner).

You’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose, treat and manage patients who present with undifferentiated and undiagnosed conditions, across all sectors of healthcare.

Certain clinicians can also exit as a non-medical prescriber, i.e. nurses, pharmacists and optometrists can become independent and/or supplementary prescribers, whilst radiographers, physiotherapists and podiatrists can become supplementary prescribers.

Automatic postgraduate bursaries for Plymouth graduates

A ten per cent alumni discretionary award is available in all faculties if you are:

  • a graduate of University of Plymouth
  • enrolled on a full-time or part-time taught postgraduate programme on which a postgraduate fee is charged and no student loan is available
  • self-funded
  • part funded/sponsored the discount will apply to the self-funded element of the tuition fee only.
Please note exceptions apply.
Find out more about the ten per cent discount for University graduates

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