In the interests of health and safety of students, staff and our partners, the University Executive has taken the decision to review all Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programmes taking place on Campus. As you will undoubtedly be aware, many other universities are taking a similar approach.

Each activity has been assessed on a case-by-case basis and an assessment of risk has been undertaken to determine whether the event, activity or CPD session will take place or be postponed. We’re aligning our decision making with the approach of many organisations and businesses across the UK to limit large gatherings in order to reduce the potential spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the below Primary Care modules

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We will seek where possible to re-arrange this programme as soon as possible. If you have any further questions, please contact karen.l.elton@northumbria.ac.uk

 

 

Listed below are module courses – click the icon to display further information.

History taking and clinical skills for primary care AC6712 --funded

 

Accredited modulelevel 6
DateCommences October 2020 and  February 2021

DATES:

Time09:30 – 16:00
Room tbc–please confirm by rechecking this website PRIOR to sessions
Target AudienceQualified nurses with experience who are extending their role

Learning outcomes-  history taking and clinical skills for primary care module

This  module is aimed at experienced practice nurses who wish to develop skills in examination and history taking.

1. Conduct a concise, thorough history and advanced assessment of the presenting health issue in the following body systems

Central Nervous System.
Ear, nose and throat.
Respiratory system.
Gastro intestinal tract
Cardiac system
Women’s health.
Dermatology
Joint examination.

2. Critically analyse the assessment findings undertaken.
3. Evaluate the necessity for clinical investigations in support of the assessment process.
4. Define rationales for clinical decisions, proposed management, and demonstrate the ability to analyse and apply results.
5. Analyse the effects of long term illness and organise interventions regarding care management.
6. Communicate effectively their findings to both patient and/or carer and to other Health Care Professionals.
7. Evaluate the necessity and effect of pharmacological interventions.

The module is assessed by a 2500 word assignment and an OSCE.

 

Promoting sexual health in primary care (can include cervical screening)- funded

Accredited modulelevel 6 or 7
DateCommences January 2021. 
Time09:30 – 16:00
Room Please recheck PRIOR to each session
Target AudienceQualified nurses wishing to deliver contraception and sexual health services

Promoting sexual health in primary care AC6716/AC7074

This module aims to prepare primary care nurses to safely and competently deliver sexual health services, within professional, legal and governance frameworks in primary healthcare settings, and can be studied at either degree or masters level depending on the nurses requirements. Practitioners will critically appraisal current service provision to identify health priorities and opportunities to develop practice/services. National cervical cytology screening training can be undertaken during this module at no extra charge to the practice.By the end of the module practitioners will be able to deliver contraceptive initiation/continuation/change methods and deliver and/or refer appropriately within the sexual health field of practice

The module will be delivered via a blended learning approach ( maximum 4.5 days in university over a period of 6 months) which will incorporate the use of online resources, directed and campus based learning activities alongside the supported development of competencies in practice.  Summative assessment will include a written assignment and the successful achievement of practice competencies directly related to the learning outcomes of the module.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Appraise ethical, legal and professional implications that influence the sexual health care agenda
  2. Identify the health needs of their  practice population, public health priorities and service provision
  3. Critically analyse outcomes from quality performance indicators and identify opportunities for service development
  4. Plan interventions to facilitate holistic care provision, including  addressing risk taking behaviours
  5. Demonstrate clinical competence in meeting diverse sexual health needs, working within local and national governance frameworks at Levels 1 & 2, including the provision of a range of contraceptive methods including LARC and emergency contraception, Undertaking sexual health histories and provide relevant screening interventions

 

The module at either level are assessed by a written assignment (2500 words for L6 and 3000 words L7) and clinical based competencies.

PLEASE NOTE SOME TIME IN SPECIALIST SEXUAL HEALTH SERVICE WILL BE REQUIRED IN ADDITION TO UNIVERSITY STUDY DAYS–THE AMOUNT OF TIME WILL DEPEND ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE AND PRACTICE PROVISION/COMPETENCY ACHIEVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Career start pathway for practice nurses (includes national cervical screening training; national core immunisation training if required) Please contact Karen Elton for further clarification BEFORE you apply for this pathway

A programme of 3 Accredited modules ADVANCED DIPLOMA  (if you are not already a graduate)  or GRADUATE CERTIFICATE  (if you are a graduate)
DateCommences on a rolling programme in October, January and April—you can join at any point in the year
Time09:30 – 16:00
Target AudienceQualified nurses new/recently started in general practice

To complete either award of this pathway, students must complete all 3 of the following modules which follow the QNI Standards of Education and Practice for Nurses New to General Practice Nursing (2020):

Context of Nursing in General practice AC6719   January 2021.

This module will prepare general practice nurses to work safely and competently within professional, legal and governance frameworks in primary healthcare settings. Practitioners will explore professional, legal and health and social care frameworks to support the high-quality provision of general practice nursing services. Practitioners will analyse the health needs of their practice population and critically appraise the provision of services to meet their needs, identifying opportunities to develop practice provision. There is an expectation that the practitioner will also understand their own personal development needs, and that of clinical students within their organisation, and develop strategies to support learning and assessment within the workplace.

The module will be delivered via a blended learning approach which will incorporate the use of online resources, directed and campus-based learning activities alongside the supported development of competencies in practice. 

Summative assessment will include a written assignment of 2500 words  and the successful achievement of practice competencies directly related to the learning outcomes of the module. The written component will be marked according to the level 6 CPD marking scheme and written feedback will be offered in relation to performance and feed-forward comments to offer guidance in enhancing future work.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the module practitioners will be able to:

Demonstrate effective knowledge of the commissioning, provision and monitoring of general practice services

Critically appraise the health needs of their general practice population, public health priorities and service provision

Critically analyse outcomes from quality performance indicators and identify opportunities for service development

Demonstrate safe and effective clinical practice, working within local and national governance frameworks.

Preventative interventions in general practice nursing AC6720–postponed April 2020 cohort provisional dates:

29 September, 20 October, 10 November, 24 November.   This will then run as planned in April 2021

NB Additional day  is needed for  cervical screening training (3 Nov), and 2 additional days  for core immunisation training (7 October/14 October)

This module aims to develop practitioners to undertake preventative interventions within contemporary practice nursing. Students will be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to assess and respond appropriately to health need, whilst working independently and within legal, ethical and professional guidelines. National cervical cytology screening and core national immunisation training can be undertaken during this module at no extra charge to the practice.

The module will be delivered via a blended learning approach  which will incorporate the use of online resources, directed and campus-based learning activities alongside the supported development of competencies in practice. 

Summative assessment will include a 2500 word written assignment based upon an audit undertaken in practice and the successful achievement of practice competencies directly related to the learning outcomes of the module.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the module the practitioner will be able to:

Appraise frameworks for health promotion that address preventative interventions for  health and well-being

Critically analyse assessment data to identify priorities and plan of care in partnership with the client

Demonstrate clinical competence in assessing, planning and managing preventative care for clients with health needs, including safeguarding, utilising evidence-based interventions and defensible decision making.

Evaluate how effectively the needs of clients with health issues are addressed in current practice, making recommendations for improvement.

 

 

 

Monitoring and Managing Long Term Conditions AC6721–,  commences April  2021.

Provisional dates are 15th April, 24th April, 6th May and 20th May

This module has been developed in response to the need for a bold transformative change to service delivery with a greater emphasis on keeping people healthy in order to live longer illness free lives.  The report highlighted the need to prevent as well as treat illness, focusing on mental health as well as physical health problems.  It also highlighted that the needs of the population had changed influenced by an ageing population with a high prevalence of long term conditions. The module encompasses a generic approach in order to develop transferable skills across the long term conditions agenda depending on the nurse development requirements

The purpose of this module is to prepare/support practitioners to monitor and manage long term conditions in a primary care setting. The module will include classroom-based sessions, work-based learning with clinical competencies to achieve as well as directed learning activities supported by on-line learning materials.

You will be expected to produce a 2500 word written reflective account which critically examines strategies which may be utilised to support the monitoring and management of a chosen long term condition that is relevant to your own practice area. In addition, you will be expected to achieve core clinical competencies relating to the monitoring and management of long term conditions.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the module the practitioner will be able to:

Define the concepts and underpinning principles of health promotion as part of the monitoring and management of long term conditions within a practice context.

Critically explore the attitudes, values and beliefs which may impact upon self-monitoring and management of long term conditions.

Critically discuss the range of tools, specialist techniques and strategies which facilitate effective monitoring and management of long term conditions.

Demonstrate awareness of and need for referral to specialist services if and when appropriate.

 

 

To apply to the Graduate Certificate in General Practice Nursing click here

To apply to the Advanced Diploma in General Practice Nursing click here

 

Diabetes in primary care -funded

 

Accredited module – level 6
Date –
DATES: commences February 2020
Time – 09:30 – 16:00
Room – tbc – please confirm by rechecking this website PRIOR to sessions
Target Audience – Qualified nurses  who are extending their role into diabetic care provision

This module will cover care of the diabetic patient from diagnosis to management, including emergency care.

For Northumbria applications an electronic  link will appear here mid October once the module is fully updated and content available. Northumbria delivery indicative content is as follows:Pathophysiology and epidemiology of diabetes
Diagnosis, management and pharmaceutical treatment of Type 1 diabetes (including carbohydrate counting (DAFNE))
Risk factors and prevention for Type 2 diabetes
Pharmaceutical therapies for Type 2 diabetes
Education Programmes for Type 2 diabetes (DESMOND)
Screening for complications of diabetes
Foot care assessment and management
Diabetes and mental health
Current and future technology and research

 

COPD funded

 

Accredited module – level 6 and level 7
DATES: November 2019
Time – 09:30 – 16:00
Room – tbc–please confirm by rechecking this website PRIOR to sessions
Target Audience – Qualified nurses  who are extending their role into COPD care provision.

You will learn about the essential elements that contribute to improving monitoring and management of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This module will enable you to respond to and challenge practice for yourself and others.  As you explore the evidence base you will develop an awareness of contemporary drivers putting monitoring and management of COPD at the forefront of care delivery. You will develop your consultation and history taking skills which can significantly influence practice.

The module seeks to enable practitioners from a range of professional backgrounds and settings to develop knowledge and understanding of essential elements which contribute to improving monitoring and management of patients with COPD, whilst enabling them to respond to and challenge practice for themselves and others. Topics include:

  • Respiratory foundation – definition and classification of COPD; pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches; anxiety and depression; end of life.
  • Consultation skills – including history taking; shared decision making; motivational interviewing.
  • Health promotion and education – consideration of lifestyle factors including smoking cessation, diet and exercise and their impact on disease trajectory; referral to specialist services.
  • The practicalities of inhaler management – inhaler technique workshop; exacerbation management; encouraging and supporting patients with self-management.
  • Patient perspectives – patient voice; patient choice; carers perspectives.

In addition, participants will develop an appreciation of research relevant to the subject that can significantly influence practice.

 

Contract modules funded

 

The university has  some modules that are relevant to primary care within the contract in addition to those listed on this website, which can be applied for via the relevant university websites.

Northumbria – mentorship, prescribing, general history taking and clinical skills, enhancing the care of the older person, CBT for long term conditions, dementia care, respiratory diseases

Please apply via the CPD tab at the top of this website

 

Respiratory Disorders-Northumbria University CWD contract funded

Start February 2020

In this module you will explore the normal anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system before applying this knowledge to the altered pathophysiology of respiratory disorders. You will learn the value and application of comprehensive respiratory assessment, investigations and effective management of patients with respiratory disorders. The importance and focus of contextualised inter-professional working and the scope of health care provision for respiratory disorders within different health care settings will be integral to the module, including the psychological impact on both patients and their families.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:Should enable the student to:

  1. Undertake a detailed respiratory assessment of a patient with a respiratory disorder.
  2. Manage care for the patient requiring respiratory support and critically appraise the intervention/s provided.
  3. Evaluate the necessity and effect of treatment options and predict the benefits to the patients and carers of such actions.
  4. Critically evaluate the care/treatment provided for patients with respiratory disorders by using contemporary evidence and comparing and contrasting this with actual care received.

SYLLABUS OUTLINE (INDICATIVE)

  • Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system
  • Respiratory assessment
  • Respiratory History Taking and Physical Examination and Clinical Reasoning
  • Respiratory investigations
  • Arterial Blood Gas Analysis
  • Pathophysiology of various common respiratory disorders
  • Management of respiratory failure
  • Evidence Based Respiratory interventions and management including use of oxygen and  Non-invasive Ventilation and  respiratory support such as  CPAP and BIPAP
  • Lung transplant
  • Occupational Lung Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Respiratory TB
  • Asthma and COPD
  • Pneumonia and Pneumothorax
  • CBT
  • Lung Cancer

 

Heart Health in primary care

 

This module is currently under revalidation but will be running in Semester 2… Springtime. It will examine the multi-faceted aspects of the care of the patient including  primary prevention, secondary management, heart failure. Please apply via our CPD website–electronic form. Dates are:

Thursday 7th March

Thursday 21st March

Thursday 4th April

Thursday 11th April

Thursday 25th April

 

This module is designed to enable you to develop knowledge and skills regarding living with heart disease. This module is relevant to all health care professionals who are required to develop an in-depth knowledge of the holistic aspects of living with heart disease, specifically Acute Coronary Syndrome, heart failure and atrial fibrillation.

This module addresses such issues as related anatomy & physiology; psychosocial aspects of care; primary and secondary prevention; empowerment; longer-term treatment and management options.

Lectures, discussions, seminar presentations, directed and independent study, will encourage you to develop your knowledge and skills to care for patients living with heart disease.  In addition, this module, will facilitate the application of the theoretical underpinnings to practice. Clinical practice is an integral part of the module, you are encouraged to negotiate support from a clinical colleague to enhance the link between theory and practice, and to facilitate critical reflection upon practice in accordance with the NHS plan.

Clinical practice will include exploring various aspects of patient care within your clinical area and you will be encouraged to liaise with multidisciplinary colleagues in pursuit of excellence in care.

Summative assessment requires you to demonstrate your learning journey and critically reflect upon your own practice.  This will take the form of competency based learning and an exploration of your own role in a practice based environment 

OUTLINE SYLLABUS

Anatomy and physiology

Primary Prevention

Secondary prevention including annual reviews/QOF requirements

Management and treatment options

Acute Coronary Syndrome

  • Unstable Angina
  • STEMI
  • NSTEMI

Chronic Heart Failure

  • Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction

Rhythm Analysis

  • Atrial fibrillation

Holistic aspects of care