Principles of gastro-intestinal nursing (degree level)

Key features

This 40 credit module will equip you with the skills and underpinning knowledge to apply a systematic, informed and effective approach to the understanding, care and management of adults with gastrointestinal disease.

You will develop an in-depth knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal system in both health and disease and be able to give appropriate and effective health education and life-style advice to patients with gastrointestinal disease and their carers.

The module is normally delivered as two study blocks, both of five days’ duration, with normally a six-week interval for application of theory and learning to the development of clinical skills. A variety of educational approaches are used including: lectures, case studies; seminars, tutorials, practical workshops; discussions; self-directed study and relevant visits.

This module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards some of our BSc (Hons) Professional Development pathways - please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

This module is delivered by Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with University of Plymouth.

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Module code




FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree


Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Module dates

Please contact the Education Co-ordinator for the trust offering the module (see 'How to apply' for contact details)