- Postgraduate Certificate of Achievement in Developing Practice in Clinical Skills (20 credits)
Undertake a targeted history and complete a comprehensive and focused physical examination of patients with acute and/or chronic health issues. Evaluate clinical findings and assess symptom complexes to make a clinical decision/working diagnosis. Examine the process of clinical decision making in relation to evidence based practice, accountability and medico-legal requirements.
- Responding to Complex Health Needs in District Nursing Practice (20 credits
Maximise your use of available health data and build a comprehensive understanding of local population health and community needs. Use integration of theory and local community data to explore the determinants of health and the long term conditions which impact on health and create complex care needs. Undertake a variety of learning and teaching approaches to support your learning and personal development. Complete the module with a comprehensive understanding of the complex factors which shape health and the skills required to respond to complex health needs in district nursing practice.
- Developing and Leading Quality in District Nursing Practice (20 credits)
Explore the concepts and theories involved in leadership, change management and apply them to personal leadership styles and the management of teams to deliver district nursing services. Examine the context of changing demands within healthcare environments and explore methods of workload management and quality improvement in district nursing practice.
- Using Evidence and Information to Advance District Nursing Practice (20 credits)
Using evidence and managing information is an important part of developing and delivering safe and effective evidence-based healthcare services. Examine the different types of evidence and information which are used to inform practice and explore the methods of enquiry, which can be used to advance knowledge and services at the forefront of district nursing practice. Systematically review the quality and relevance of evidence, and identify methods of researching, monitoring, evaluating and improving practice. Learning and personal development will be supported by a variety of learning and teaching approaches and you will complete the module with a comprehensive understanding of how research, audit, evaluation and service improvement contribute to the advancement of evidence based district nursing practice.
- V300 Prescribing for Health Care Professionals (40 credits)
This short course prepares apprentices who are experienced practitioners in their respective fields irrespective of specialism to become safe and effective prescribing practitioners. This module is designed to meet the “Standards for Prescribing Programmes” as outlined by the NMC (2018) and is underpinned by the principles detailed in the NMC documents “Standards framework for nursing and midwifery education” (NMC 2018) and also “Standards for student supervision and assessment” (NMC 2018). The competency framework which supports the practice element of this module is the Royal Pharmaceutical Society “A Competency Framework for Prescribers” (RPS 2016) divided into the following areas:
1. Assess the patient
2. Consider the options
3. Reach a shared decision
5. Provide information
6. Monitor and review
7. Prescribe safely
8. Prescribe professionally
9. Improve prescribing practice
10. Prescribe as part of a team
You will work in practice with an assigned practice assessor; a registered healthcare professional and experienced prescriber with suitable equivalent qualifications for the programme. Apprentices may also work with other practice supervisors (for example, other non-medical prescribers, pharmacists or doctors) where relevant to gain a wider understanding of prescribing practices.