LE7003 - Assessing and planning for complex on-going needs in Learning Disabiity Nursing

What will I learn on this module?

This module will enable you to learn about the nature of assessment and planning for ongoing care in learning disability nursing. Providing you with the fundamental knowledge required to meet the proficiencies outlined in Platform 3: Assessing needs and planning care, in the NMC (2018) Future Nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses.You will be encouraged to critically explore contemporary theoretical perspectives and approaches, considering their application to the individualised needs of the person receiving care. Key concepts related to nursing models, research skills, independent learning will be addressed.

Throughout the module you will debate the themes, principles and challenges for the ongoing assessment of the complex physical and mental health,and behaviour of a person with a learning disability. Considering diagnositic overshadowing and the impact on assessment and care delivery. Critically analyse approaches such as person-centered care; partnership working between the professional and individual receiving care; the recovery model and collaborative partnerships with other professionals and agencies. How such approaches impact on shared decision making in relation to treatment options, assessment and the development of care plans will be a central theme of the module.

The module requires you to demonstrate your growing skills in academic research, through the appraisal of contemporary literature relating to people with complex care needs. The module explores the philosophical assumptions underpinning contemporary healthcare literature to select appropriate research findings to apply to current nursing practice.

How will I learn on this module?

Throughout this module, you will be engaged in a variety of learning and teaching approaches. You will learn from experts from practice, Web-based resources, and face-to-face in-class sessions. This approach enables you to engage with technology-enhanced learning, with the provision of links to web-based resources and other useful materials and a combination of on line lectures and interactive e-learning packages. Flipping the classroom enables you to engage in both directed and self-directed study outside of formal teaching sessions as preparatory work for facilitated seminars. Engagement with this activity is essential for your active participation in the facilitated sessions.

These sessions will include individual work, group discussion and debate, where you will be encouraged to consider competing perspectives, share opinions and experiences, and develop a greater understanding of holistically caring for people. The use of peer support is a vital component of developing critical discussion and generating ideas and will be utilised during this module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be able to contact the module team in person, via telephone, email and the eLearning portal. Support for your learning is also offered via a 24 hour IT Helpline, Student Support and Wellbeing Services, Skills Plus the University Library’s collection of online learning materials to support the development of your academic skills. In addition the University’s student portal provides online access to the Ask4Help service which provides help with all student enquiries. Contact with the module team is available in person, via telephone, email and through Blackboard Ultra. Skills Plus (the University Library’s collection of online learning materials) can be used to support the development of your academic skills. Further support for your learning is provided with a 24 hour IT Helpline and the student support and wellbeing service at Northumbria are excellent points of contact for assistance for queries regarding disability, faith, counselling, mental health support, finance and welfare issues. You can access these services via email on your student portal, by telephone or through the help desk staff based within university libraries.

You will also support each other via peer support, through engaging in discussion and debate to enhance your learning. Additional relevant materials, including the electronic reading list and other teaching and learning methods will be available via the eLearning portal/library services to enhance and support your learning. All support will be in line with any Disabled Student Support Recommendations (DSSR).

There are useful study skills guides via the Northumbria University Library. See the Developing your learning skills link: "Developing your Learning Skills" NU Lib Guides

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Understand and critically reflect on the fundamental principles and concepts underpinning safe, evidence-based person and family centred care.

2. Develop a critical understanding of the complexities of care needs for people with acute, long-term or life limiting conditions

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. Critically evaluate the role of the nurse in engaging in collaborative relationships with other disciplines, individuals within services and their significant others to aid the assessment process and onging planning of care and care delivery for people with acute, long-term or life limiting conditions.

4. Critically reflect upon and analyse nursing decision making processes in the formulation of management plans, identifying ethical issues related to positive risk taking and your own professional accountability.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. Critically appraise the values and ethical practice that underpins nursing assessment and ongoing care delivery through collaborative working to meet the needs of people and their families.

How will I be assessed?

Provision of formative feedback on performance will be an ongoing process through group/ class discussion in formal scheduled teaching, and will align to the criteria of the summative assessment. Working in small peer groups you will present your case study. You will receive feedback against the assessment criteria.

MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

The summative assessment for the module will be a 3000 word case study in which you will critically analyse nursing assessment and care for an individual with complex health needs.

MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5





Module abstract

You will develop a deeper understanding of the complexities of providing nursing care to people and the impact that specific conditions or events may have on the person and their family including those with chronic or life limiting conditions. You will hear from Experts by Experience to understand the effect the care you provide to the person or family can have. Increasing your knowledge base from different perspectives ensures that as a reflective practitioner you are able to consider individual solutions for the benefit of healthcare users and their families. You will gain the knowledge and skills needed for effective practice in continually changing and challenging environments. You will develop the confidence and ability to think critically and provide expert evidenced based care to become a future nurse who is able to deftly combine knowledge and skill to lead excellence in nursing.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 Years Full Time

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start January 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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