Clinical skills in community and primary care (degree and masters level)
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When completed, and in addition to the modules Integrated community and primary care in context and Integrated community and primary care practice, this module will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and capability to undertake the core clinical competencies required to fulfil the role of the General Practice Nurse as defined by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) nursing standards and also meets the needs of the community clinician. It can be accessed as a standalone module but it is recommended that the greatest benefit from this module is gained when completed as part of the full Foundations in Community and Primary Care short course

The module will enable you to develop your existing professional skills, to undertake a comprehensive health assessment following history taking, clinical examination, diagnosis and documentation and, at masters level, to develop treatment and management strategies. You will cover many specific clinical areas of learning, such as immunisation, travel health, ear care, contraception and sexual health, aspects of mental health and dementia, tissue viability and wound management and an introduction to long term conditions.

Practice partners and expert clinicians will deliver for this clinical module along with our team of primary care staff who have been teaching courses for nurses wishing to work in general practice for many years covering a range of core clinical and professional skills.

Module code

HEAD338 / APP716*

Credits

20

FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree

Level 7 - masters degree

Location

Blended learning approach with face to face delivery in Plymouth

* This module was previously known as MCH520 at masters level 

HEAD338 course details (degree level)

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge understanding and capability in practice to undertake core clinical competences required to fulfil role.
  • develop and evidence reflective practice recognising it’s centrality to the provision of quality patient care.
  • explore elements of professional accountability, legal and ethical requirements, research and evidence in relation to role development.
  • plan and provide skilled holistic and competent care to meet patients’ health and social care needs, involving other members of the health care team as appropriate.
Assessment

The assessment for this module is in two parts:

1. a written assignment.

2. a practice competency document.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

APP716 course details (masters level)

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • critically evaluate your own development, identifying learning needs, within specialist areas through use of a practice competency document.
  • critically reflect on practice recognising it’s centrality to the provision of quality patient care.
  • critically analyse elements of professional accountability, legal and ethical requirements, research and evidence in relation to role development.
  • formulate and implement a management plan that accurately meets patient needs, involving other members of the health care team as appropriate.

Assessment

The assessment for this module is in two parts: 

1. a written assignment.

2. a practice competency document.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates

The taught dates for this module are 24 and 31 May, 7, 14, 21 and 28 June, 5 and 12 July 2019.

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

What programmes can these modules count towards?

The degree-level module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards our BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Health and Social Care course and a number of associated pathways.

The masters-level module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards our MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Professions) programme and some other associated pathways

It is also the final module in the Foundations in Community and Primary Care short course.

For further information please contact the Professional Development Unit. 

Study days

This module is also offered as a series of study days specific to certain conditions and/or skills which can be easily mapped to the tasks or role you complete. This flexible approach enables your employer and you to fund just the days you need; meaning there is a direct link between investment and quality of care.

  • Immunisation of children and adults (day 1) – 25 May 2018
  • Immunisation of children and adults (day 2) – 1 June 2018
  • Introduction to travel health in primary care – 8 June 2018
  • Introduction to contraception and sexual health in primary care – 22 June 2018
  • Tissue viability and wound management in primary care – 29 June 2018
  • Introduction to cardiovascular disease and diabetes in primary care – 6 July 2018
  • Introduction to asthma and COPD in primary care – 13 July 2018

Each study day is £115 per day and they run from 09:00 to 16:30. 

For further information on what is covered by each study day and to book your place please visit our eStore

If you have any queries regarding undertaking individual study days please contact PDUStudyDays@plymouth.ac.uk 

Foundations in Community and Primary Care short course

We offer registered practitioners new to community and primary care the option to work towards this qualification at undergraduate and masters level

Find out how

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on these modules you must be one of the following:

  • a registered practitioner working in a community or primary care setting in order to meet the module outcomes.
  • a health and social care worker in possession of previous study at level 5 (Diploma of Higher Education) or a foundation degree to study the module at degree level.
  • a health and social care worker ideally in possession of previous study at degree level to study the module at masters level.

Each student will be considered and advised individually (where required) by the programme team and Professional Development Unit. Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation.

Funding and fees

Funding

These modules are commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) and you may therefore be eligible for funding through your employing trust.

Please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

Fees

For those who are self-funding, please see our professional development module fees page.

Fees for individual study days

For those undertaking individual study days, the fee per day is £115.

Further information

For further information regarding the HEAD338/APP716 modules, please contact:

Professional Development Unit

Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Prospective student enquiries: pduadmissions@plymouth.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1752 586951

Current student enquiries: pdu@plymouth.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1752 586958

For further information regarding undertaking individual study days please contact:

Email: PDUStudyDays@plymouth.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1752 585409


Module lead

The module lead for both modules is Fiona Cook.

Email: fiona.cook@plymouth.ac.uk