CPD modules

We offer a wide variety of modules that you can take throughout the year (details of specific dates can be found on our module calendar (We are happy to accept applications for the next cohorts and will advise of the study dates when they have been clarified)). They range from online modules to classroom-based learning, from clinical training to work-based learning. The following are some of the modules you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of our modular degree pathways:

Mentorship and education

  • Online update for mentors and practice educators

    Module code: n/a
    Module credits: n/a
    Module level: n/a
    Module contact: Jade Shortland / Wendy Singleton. Telephone 01206 874312 / 4974, email hhsplace@essex.ac.uk
    Location: this is an online module
    Dates: can be taken at any time

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    Aim

    Your role as a mentor or practice educator is essential in developing new generations of health professionals. We have developed an inter-professional update for clinicians who educate students within practice. This includes mentors, clinical educators and practice educators from professions such as nursing, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. The aim of the inter-professional online update is to provide an opportunity for you to reflect on and, if necessary, make changes to your current practice as an educator, and to benefit from the experiences of educators across multiple professions.

    The improved course features are:

    • easy automated online registration
    • this course is provided free of charge
    • interactive lessons, quizzes and discussion forums
    • downloadable Continuing Professional Development templates
    • downloadable completion certificate

    Learning outcomes

    On completion you will have met the following learning outcomes:

    • critically evaluate yourself as an educator, identify your learning needs, develop a learning plan to address those needs and consider how any changes might be incorporated into your future practice
    • map your knowledge, skills and experience as an educator against the relevant professional standards
    • apply the Equality Act (2010) to support the learning and assessment of students with a disability or specific learning need when undertaking placement in your area of practice
    • understand the complexities involved in accessing and supporting an under-performing student, and be able to deal with them appropriately
    • understand the NHS service improvement initiative within pre-registration healthcare education

    Getting started

    1. You will need to log into Moodle X (please be aware the course works better in Google Chrome than in Internet Explorer)
    2. You will be asked if you are returning to the website, or if it’s your first time. If it’s the first time, click on ‘Create new account’
    3. Follow the instructions. You will be sent an email telling you how to confirm your account details
    4. You will then be taken to the ‘On-line update’ page

    Module outline

    The course requires you to undertake various activities, some of which are profession-specific while others are inter-professional. When you have carried out all the relevant activities, you can access your personal certificate which verifies that you have undertaken this update course. Prior to receiving your certificate you must confirm your name, trust/organisation details which enable us to notify the education lead in your trust that you have completed the course. (On completion of this course, nurses will have successfully met the NMC standards for a mentorship update).


  • Mentorship preparation 0, 15 and 30 credit

    Module code: HS601 Zero credit module / HS614 15 credit module / HS605 30 credit module
    Module credits: 0, 15 or 30
    Module level: six
    Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
    Location: University of Essex, Colchester and Southend Campuses, and in Chelmsford and Harlow throughout the year
    Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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    Aim

    To enable health care practitioners to become reflective, evidence-based facilitators of learning and assessment in clinical practice environments.

    Learning outcomes

    At the end of the module you are expected to be able to:

    • assess your practice learning environment and reflect on how to incorporate any changes identified, into that workplace
    • critically evaluate yourself as a mentor/clinical/practice educator, identifying any learning needs and develop learning plans to address those needs
    • plan and deliver a clinical skills teaching session, to a small group of peers, in a competent manner
    • critically evaluate your own performance as a teacher and reflect on how any changes identified might be incorporated into your practice
    • carry out fair assessment of a learner in practice, demonstrating a critical understanding of the principles underpinning such assessments
    • discuss the professional and ethical issues involved in practice assessment, particularly accountability
    • reflect on the assessment undertaken in practice, critically evaluate your own performance and consider how any changes might be incorporated in your clinical practice

    Module outline

    • Learning in a practice setting
    • Teaching in a practice setting
    • Assessing in a practice setting
    • To enable competent support, supervision and assessment of a wide range of learners, in the practice setting

    Assessment strategy

    The module is assessed by portfolio and is offered as a zero credit-rated module, a 15 credit level six rated module, or a 30 credit level six rated module. The 15 and 30 credit rated modules can be used as part of the BSc Health Care degree pathway.

    • HS601 Zero credit module – this module has a pass/fail marking criteria
    • HS614 15 credit module – this module requires the completion of a 2,500 word portfolio
    • HS605 30 credit module – this module requires the completion of a 5,000 word portfolio

    Module pre-requisites

    You may apply for the module provided you have all of the following:

    • arranged for a suitable funding source
    • current practice within a health or social care setting
    • a registered health / social care qualification
    • access to a supervisor in practice
    • been a registered practitioner for at least one year (if this is a requirement of the student’s professional statutory body)

    Funding

    In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

    How to apply

    Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


  • Learning, teaching and assessment

    Module code: HS950
    Module credits: 30
    Module level: seven
    Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
    Location: University of Essex, Colchester Campus, with four sessions taking place over ten weeks
    Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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    Aim

    The practice environment provides important learning opportunities for all student health care practitioners. In order for this opportunity to be fully realised, practitioners working with learners need to be knowledgeable, skilled and experts, in both healthcare and educational practice. This module is suitable for any healthcare professional supporting students in practice.

    Learning outcomes

    This module is mapped against the requirements for GP Associate Trainers, ACE for physiotherapists, APPLE for occupational therapists and is a requirement for the nurse teacher and GP trainers.

    This module can be taken as part of MSc, PG Diploma or PG Certificate in Medical and Clinical Education (MACE) pathway or as a stand-alone module.

    Module outline

    This module is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and expertise of health care practitioners as educators, in both the facilitation of learning and the assessment of learners in practice. You will consider how the use of effective teaching, learning and assessment strategies will enable health care students to develop the knowledge and skills required for professional practice.

    Assessment strategy

    100 per cent coursework mark.

    Module pre-requisites

    You may apply for the module provided you have:

    • arranged for a suitable funding source
    • current practice within a health or social care setting

    Funding

    In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

    How to apply

    Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


  • Learning organisations and quality enhancement

    Module code: HS951
    Module credits: 30
    Module level: seven
    Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
    Location: University of Essex, Colchester Campus
    Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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    Aim

    The practice environment provides important learning opportunities for all student health care practitioners. In order for this opportunity to be fully realised, practitioners working with learners need to be knowledgeable, skilled and experts, in both healthcare and educational practice.

    This module will help to provide health care practitioners working with learners the self-determination to improve their practice as educators, and the ability to promote change within their learning organisations. The module facilitates the development of an evidence-based understanding of the meaning of enhancement, allowing development and improvement of knowledge and skills related to teaching and learning. Quality enhancement is presented as a deliberate process of change leading to improvement.

    This module can be taken as part of MSc, PG Diploma or PG Certificate Medical and Clinical Education (MACE) pathway or as a stand-alone module.

    Learning outcomes

    At the end of the module you are expected to be able to critically evaluate:

    • the quality of practice learning environment in relation to enhancing the student experience with particular reference to the interpersonal environment
    • the quality of the workplace as a learning organisation and identify the necessary conditions for change
    • the administration of a programme of learning, with particular reference to formal quality assurance and enhancement procedures and relevant professional regulatory body requirements
    • models of educational evaluation, as a means to ensuring the delivery of high quality health care education that meets professional and regulatory body requirements
    • the role of clinical supervision / appraisal in enhancing work place learning and hence the quality of that learning

    Module outline

    • Creating positive, high quality learning environments for all
    • Provision of opportunities for all learners - disability and equality
    • Developing interpersonal skills between learner and facilitator
    • Creating high quality learning organisations
    • Leadership skills required to support education in practice
    • Communities of practice: uni-professional and inter-professional
    • Appraisal of learners, as a learning strategy and means of quality enhancement
    • Self-Evaluation and Clinical Supervision in practice, as a learning strategy and means of quality enhancement
    • Enhancement as a decision making process
    • Evaluation of education, models of evaluation (including educational audit) and evaluation of processes that can lead to enhancement

    Assessment strategy

    6,000 word portfolio containing a reflective log (2,000 words), presentation of an educational audit (practice assessment). You will have to submit part of the reflective log half way through the module as formative assessment.

    Module pre-requisites

    You may apply for the module provided you have:

    • arranged for a suitable funding source
    • current practice within a health or social care setting

    Funding

    In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

    How to apply

    Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


  • Course design and development

    Module code: HS952
    Module credits: 15
    Module level: seven
    Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
    Location: University of Essex, Colchester Campus
    Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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    Aim

    The practice environment provides important learning opportunities for all student health care practitioners. In order for this opportunity to be fully realised, practitioners working with learners need to be knowledgeable, skilled and experts, in both healthcare and educational practice.

    This module allows you to consider the many variables involved in designing and developing curricula that provide students with a good and successful learning experience. It explores the external influences that provide opportunities and constraints when undertaking course design and development.

    This module can be taken as part of MSc or PG Diploma Medical and Clinical Education (MACE) pathway or as a stand-alone module.

    Learning outcomes

    At the end of the module you are expected to be able to:

    • explore and critically evaluate the educational philosophies underpinning and the political context surrounding healthcare curriculum development
    • identify and critically evaluate professional philosophies underpinning healthcare curriculum development
    • design and develop appropriate face to face and online curricula for healthcare practitioners

    Module outline

    This module will enable health care practitioners to design and develop high quality, innovative training and education for others, in the academic and practice environment.

    Assessment strategy

    100 per cent coursework mark: design and develop a unit of learning around an aspect of medical and clinical education that meets relevant professional regulatory body requirements, and write a reflective account of that process (3,000 words).

    Module pre-requisites

    You may apply for the module provided you have:

    • arranged for a suitable funding source
    • current practice within a health or social care setting

    Funding

    In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

    How to apply

    Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


  • E-learning for healthcare professionals

    Module code: HS954
    Module credits: 15
    Module level: seven
    Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
    Location: The module is entirely web based and all students receive an induction to the website on the briefing day.
    Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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    Aim

    This module aims to develop an understanding of how computer technology can enhance communication and instructional techniques in healthcare education. The module is designed to facilitate analysis of the concepts and theories relevant to e-learning. Whilst this module focuses on a variety of technologies and technology teaching-related theories, it also requires the development of an e-portfolio.

    This module can be taken as part of MSc or PG Diploma in Medical and Clinical Education (MACE) pathway or as a stand-alone module.

    Learning outcomes

    At the end of the module you are expected to be able to:

    • show critical awareness of the NHS e-learning strategy and how this can be applied to education in a work setting
    • demonstrate self-direction and practical understanding of how e-learning can be applied to the work setting
    • have a comprehensive understanding of a range of e-learning techniques
    • demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate relevant e-learning resources
    • demonstrate an ability to effectively facilitate group discussion within a virtual environment
    • contextualise the use of e-learning with own practice evidencing current research in e-learning

    Module outline

    The aim of the module is to enable healthcare practitioners to develop a range of effective skills related to the use of computer technology in healthcare training and education.

    The module content is entirely self-directed through the use of Moodle (our web based learning application). The initial module briefing is a synchronous online session but all further work is undertaken asynchronously online.

    Each week of the module covers a different topic and students are expected to undertake both self-directed and collaborative online tasks during each weekly topic.

    Assessment strategy

    100 per cent coursework mark: production of an e-portfolio in Mylife, the University's bespoke e-portfolio system, (or similar software i.e. Pebblepad), that demonstrates how the you have met all the module learning outcomes as detailed above. The portfolio will include an original reflective element evaluating your learning within the module (3,000 words).

    Module pre-requisites

    You may apply for the module provided you have:

    • arranged for a suitable funding source; and
    • current practice within a health, education or social care setting

    Funding

    In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

    How to apply

    Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


  • Applying and using learning in practice

    Module codes, levels and credits:

    Module code Academic level Credit value
    HS619-4-FY Level four 15
    HS619-5-FY Level five 15
    HS619-6-FY Level six 15
    HS620-6-FY Level six 30
    HS619-7-FY Level seven 15
    HS620-7-FY Level seven 30

    Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
    Location: Applying and Using Learning in Practice is a supervised project. There is no formal taught component and all sessions are based around individual or group tutorials.
    Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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    Aim

    This module allows you to take a structured approach to applying and using learning in your professional practice. Health professionals commonly attend learning events such as conferences, workshops, skills training or role shadowing as part of their professional development.

    Although highly valuable in terms of shaping your ideas, learning techniques and broadening understanding, there is limited opportunity afforded within these 'one-off' learning events to allow demonstration of reflection, critical analysis, contextualisation and evaluation. This module is designed to give you, as a health professional an opportunity to demonstrate how you have applied the learning gained from such events to your day-to-day practice.

    Learning outcomes

    It is expected that the value of participating in learning events can be captured and enhanced for:

    • the individual
    • the organisation in which they work
    • the service users they are responsible for

    In addition, professionals become skilled in applying and using learning to make a measurable difference to practice.

    Each level has a different set of expected learning outcomes and associated assessment criteria. If you are considering undertaking this module please discuss with the module lead the best level and credit value for you.

    Module outline

    Applying and Using Learning in Practice is a supervised project. There is no formal taught component and all sessions are based around individual or group tutorials. You will need to have undergone a collection of recent learning events (normally they will need to have occurred in the last two years). You will be expected to:

    • reflect upon
    • critically analyse
    • contextualise
    • evaluate how these learning events have been applied to your practice as a health professional

    Assessment strategy

    The summative assessment for this module is a portfolio which should include:

    1. reflections on learning events using the module proforma
    2. evidence to support attendance/ participation of the above events
    3. an account of application of learning to practice

    Each portfolio will reflect the unique experience of the student. The learning events selected for inclusion should be discussed with the module leader to ensure they have sufficient complexity to meet the level and credit value of the module.

    Module pre-requisites

    You may apply for the module provided you:

    • are a practising professional
    • are familiar with, and able to undertake, self-directed study
    • bring to the course a wealth of practical experience
    • require primarily guidance and support whilst undertaking the course

    Funding

    In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

    How to apply

    Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


  • Practice Educator Training

    Module code: HS919
    Module credits:15
    Module level: seven
    Module contact: telephone 01702 328360, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
    Location:University of Essex, Southend Campus
    Dates:A full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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    Aim

    This module is designed to provide a structure for individuals to develop the knowledge and skills to act as a recognised practice educator in their field of professional practice. Where professional or regulatory body requirements exist for recognised practice educator status within a particular field of health or social work practice, this module will provide the framework to be eligible to apply to meet the competencies and requirements. This includes:

    • The Health and Care Professions Council’s (HCPC) Standards of Education and Training
    • The Health and Care Professions (H and CP) Practice Education Guidance
    • The Higher Education Academy’s UK Professional Standards Framework
    • The College of Social Work Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Work (PEPS)
    • The Social Work Reform Board Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Work
    • The British Association of Social Workers Advanced Level Professional Capabilities

    Learning outcomes

    On successful completion of this module, the learner will be able to:

    • Demonstrate understanding of the policies and standards of the relevant professional and regulatory bodies in relation to practice education and through application to a specific context, critically evaluate the implementation of these policies and standards.
    • Critically explore, drawing upon evidence, the roles and responsibilities of a practice educator.
    • Utilising reflective analysis, demonstrate advanced understanding and application of the knowledge, skills, values and behaviours required to facilitate the learning of others.
    • Draw upon evidence to analyse and evaluate the impact and value of practice education to the care of service users, service delivery and professional development.

    Module outline

    This module is designed to provide a supportive framework for the student to develop relevant knowledge, skills, and experience and to demonstrate achievement of the relevant practice education standards for their field of practice. It is divided into scheduled facilitated learning sessions based in the University and supervised practice in the student’s workplace, alongside independent learning. This module is offered at Level 7 (Post graduate) for 15 credits.

    Assessment strategy

    Achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be assessed by Portfolio. Students will be assessed in their ability to meet the requirements of practice educator standards. This carries 100% weighting for the marks awarded for this module.

    Module pre-requisites

    • Be 2 years post qualification and be registered with the HCPC as a Social Worker health and care professional in the discipline associated with their educational role and the students for whom they have assumed responsibility (i.e Registered Social Worker).
    • Be in a position where they can support and facilitate the learning of others (as appropriate to the workplace) as part of their broader professional role including:students, peers, colleagues from other professions, support workers, unqualified workers, service users and carers.
    • Take responsibility for acquiring and developing the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to facilitate and support the learning of others

    Funding

    In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

    How to apply

    Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


  • Developing as a Practice Educator

    Module code: HS918
    Module credits:15
    Module level: seven
    Module contact: telephone 01702 328360, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
    Location: University of Essex, Southend Campus
    Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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    Aim

    This module is designed to provide a structure for individuals to further develop the knowledge and skills to act as a recognised practice educator in their field of professional practice. Where professional or regulatory body requirements exist for recognised practice educator status within a particular field of health or social work practice, this module will provide the framework to meet the competencies and requirements to remain eligible to be recognised as a practice educator. This includes:

    • The Health and Care Professions Council’s (HCPC) Standards of Education and Training
    • The Health and Care Professions (H&CP) Practice Education Guidance
    • The Higher Education Academy’s UK Professional Standards Framework
    • The College of Social Work Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Work (PEPS)
    • The Social Work Reform Board Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Work
    • The British Association of Social Workers Advanced Level Professional Capabilities

    Learning outcomes

    On successful completion of this module, the learner will be able to:

    • Demonstrate current understanding of the policies and standards of the relevant professional and regulatory bodies in relation to practice education and through application to a specific context, critically evaluate the implementation of these policies and standards.
    • Critically explore, drawing upon evidence and reflective self-evaluation, the roles and responsibilities they have as a practice educator.
    • Utilising reflective analysis, demonstrate advanced and continued understanding and application of the knowledge, skills, values and behaviours required to facilitate the learning of others.
    • Draw upon evidence and personal experience to analyse and evaluate the impact and value of practice education to the care of service users, service delivery and professional development.

    Module outline

    This module is designed to provide a supportive framework for the student to continue to develop relevant knowledge, skills, and experience and to demonstrate achievement of the relevant practice education standards for their field of practice. It is divided into scheduled facilitated learning sessions based in the University and supervised practice in the student’s workplace, alongside independent learning. This module is offered at Level 7 (Post graduate) for 15 credits.

    Assessment strategy

    Achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be assessed by Portfolio. Students will be assessed in their ability to meet the requirements of practice educator standards. This carries 100% weighting for the marks awarded for this module.

    Module pre-requisites

    • Be 3 years post qualification and be registered with the HCPC as a health and care professional in the discipline associated with their educational role and the students for whom they have assumed responsibility, (i.e. Registered Social Worker).
    • Be in a position where they can support and facilitate the learning of others (as appropriate to the workplace) as part of their broader professional role including: students, peers, colleagues from other professions, support workers, unqualified workers, service users and carers.
    • Take responsibility for acquiring and developing the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to facilitate and support the learning of others.

    Funding

    In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

    How to apply

    Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


  • Leadership and management

    • Leadership in health and social care

      Module code: HS640
      Module credits: 15
      Module level: six or seven
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: University of Essex, Colchester Campus
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      The aim of the module is to provide you with the theoretical basis of leadership as applied to practice, to support health and social care organisations in meeting the needs of patients and service users. This course is suitable for health and social care practitioners including nurses, allied health professionals, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and, speech and language therapists and other health professions, as well as social care staff working in relevant roles.

      Learning outcomes

      You will be expected to demonstrate achievement in three main areas:

      • knowledge and understanding of key concepts of leadership
      • preparation of a strategic and operational plan appropriate to specific services
      • communication strategies that support leadership and development of services

      Module outline

      Three one-day workshops to include:

      • lectures introducing and examining key concepts
      • interdisciplinary group work to explore key concepts and practical application

      The workshops will be supported by:

      • e-learning
      • self-directed study
      • portfolio development
      • group/individual tutorials

      You will be expected to attend three one-day workshops which will include presentations by guest speakers, interactive group activities and discussion. Each workshop will be supported by online resources. At the final workshop, you will be required to present a business plan you have prepared which is relevant to your field of practice. You can also access individual tutorials with the module team through request and negotiation throughout the duration of the module.

      Example workshop content

      Workshop 1 - Introduction to Key Concepts of Leadership and Management
      E.g. Concepts of leadership, effective communication, risk assessment.

      Workshop 2 - The NHS Leadership Agenda, Application to Practice
      E.g. The QIPP agenda, service improvement, developing a business plan.

      Workshop 3 - Presentations
      Work presented here is expected to form part of the evidence submitted for the portfolio assignment for this module.

      Assessment strategy

      The module is assessed by a single portfolio which you will submit four weeks after the final workshop. The portfolio includes:

      • a 1000-word reflective account for each of the learning outcomes (i.e. three x 1000 words)
      • evidence to support the reflective accounts, for example:
        • Knowledge and Skills Framework
        • Leadership Qualities Framework (LQF) and 360° feedback
        • presentation notes for business plan presented at the final workshop for this module
        • communication strategy for a particular project or aspect of practice

      There is no word count associated with this work since it will be dependent on structure.

      Module pre-requisites

      Within the parameters of your role, as a potential participant, you may be leading teams already or developing into a leadership role. You are likely to be undertaking some of the responsibilities outlined below:

      • working across organisations or agencies in health/social care settings
      • preparing and/or contributing to strategic and operational plans appropriate to specific services
      • promoting key service attributes to potential service commissioners
      • managing own and others’ performance to provide, develop and improve services and to reduce service risk
      • communicating effectively to lead and develop staff teams in service delivery

      You may apply for the module provided you have:

      • arranged for a suitable funding source
      • current practice within a health or social care setting

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    Research/critical thinking

    • Developing critical appraisal skills

      Module code: HS602
      Module credits: 30
      Module level: six
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: University of Essex, Colchester and Southend campuses.
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      The aim of this module is to equip you with the key skills to locate, understand and critically appraise research in your practice area. The module develops the foundations of literature searching, and understanding, reviewing and critiquing the research process, using a range of critical appraisal tools.

      It is relevant to any Health or Social Care Professional and is available as a standalone module or as part of the BSc Health Care Practice pathway.

      Learning outcomes

      At the end of the module you will be able to:

      • demonstrate understanding of a variety of quantitative and qualitative approaches
      • interpret research findings that arise from different methodologies
      • consider some key issues associated with appraising and applying research evidence
      • critically evaluate research literature relevant to their area of practice

      Module outline

      The module consists of:

      • lectures
      • group tutorials
      • individual tutorials
      • self-directed learning
      • portfolio development

      Assessment strategy

      Developing Critical Appraisal Skills is a 30-credit module involving 40 hours of teaching plus 240 hours of independent study over 15 weeks. It is assessed through 100 per cent coursework based on submission of a 5000-word portfolio.

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for the module provided you have:

      • arranged for a suitable funding source
      • currently practise within a health or social care setting

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


      • Critical appraisal of research for healthcare practice

        Module code: HS603
        Module credits: 30
        Module level: six
        Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
        Location: This module is entirely web-based. There are three synchronous sessions when all students will be required to log on at the same time to engage in online learning activities.
        Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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        Aim

        Research is integral to effective health and social care practice. It is therefore important that health and social care professionals are able to critically appraise research findings in order to use evidence reliably and effectively. This course is aimed at health care professionals wanting to develop their critical appraisal skills and to engage more meaningfully in evidence based practice. This module will equip students with key skills to locate, understand and critically appraise research in their practice area.

        The delivery of the course is completely online but does involved three synchronous activities during which students are expected to log on and participate in online learning activities at a particular time.

        It is relevant to any Health or Social Care Professional and is available as a standalone module or as part of the BSc Health Care Practice pathway.

        Learning outcomes

        At the end of the module you will be able to:

        • critically appraise research articles from academic journals
        • write a clear and relevant research question related to their area of practice
        • systematically search for and gather relevant evidence using academic databases as well as other relevant sources
        • describe a literature search strategy in a clear accessible way
        • critically reflect on the possible impact of research on practice (including their own practice)
        • produce a critical appraisal of qualitative and quantitative research relevant to their area of interest
        • identify and debate professional and ethical issues in research literature

        Module outline

        The module enables healthcare practitioners to develop a range of effective skills related to the use of computer technology in healthcare training and education.

        Its content is entirely self-directed through the use of Moodle (our web based learning application). There are three sessions which involve synchronous learning activities on line (when all students are expected to log on and complete learning tasks at a set time) Whilst the rest of the course is completed asynchronously online.

        Each week of the module covers a different topic and students are expected to undertake a range of both self-directed and collaborative online tasks.

        Assessment strategy

        100 per cent coursework mark: production of a portfolio that demonstrates how you have met all the module learning outcomes as detailed above. The portfolio contains three main sections:

        1. The construction of a research question related to your practice and a record of the literature search you have carried out to find relevant evidence.
        2. The critical appraisal of a qualitative research paper that you have found in relation to your research question.
        3. The critical appraisal of a quantitative research paper that you have found in relation to your research question.

        Module pre-requisites

        You may apply for the module provided you have:

        • arranged for a suitable funding source
        • currently practise within a health, education or social care setting

        All students will be asked to complete the HHS IT competence test which they must pass before enrolling on the course. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they have sufficient IT equipment to complete the course which is delivered via Moodle. A reliable internet connection is essential.

        NOTE - although the course is online students must ensure they are available for three synchronous online activities which are compulsory elements of the course which take place on:

        • Thursday 9 October 2.00-4.00pm
        • Thursday 23 October 2.00-4.00pm
        • Thursday 11 December 2.00-4.00pm

        If a student envisages being unable to make these commitments they must discuss this with the school prior to application (cpd@essex.ac.uk).

        Funding

        In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

        How to apply

        Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


      • Research design and critical appraisal skills

        Module code: HS900
        Module credits: 15
        Module level: seven
        Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
        Location: University of Essex, Colchester Campus.
        Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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        Aim

        This module provides you with an advanced understanding of the research study designs commonly used in health research. It combines a theoretical with a practical approach to enable you to search for, obtain, and understand the research literature and the critical skills to analyse and synthesize the material into a literature review.

        Learning outcomes

        At the end of the module, you are expected to be able to:

        • have an advanced understanding of the range of research methods that are in common use in your discipline
        • be able to conduct and report a rigorous and advanced search for research literature
        • critically appraise research papers and construct a literature review
        • apply research findings, including literature reviews, within your working practice

        Module outline

        The module uses lectures and computer lab sessions supported by self-study formative tasks that develop your own literature review project. Group tutorial and supported study time runs after most lectures to facilitate the formative tasks. Further resources and guidance are available through Moodle.

        The module covers the following themes:

        • principles of research and research methods
        • critical appraisal and reviewing research literature
        • credibility, responsibility and ethics

        Assessment strategy

        100 per cent coursework, 3,000 word literature review.

        Module pre-requisites

        You may apply for the module provided you have:

        • arranged for a suitable funding source
        • current practice within a health or social care setting

        Funding

        In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

        How to apply

        Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.

        Recommended reading prior to starting the module

        • Hek, Gill and Pam Moule (2006) Making Sense of Research, 3rd Edition, Sage or Moule
        • Pam and Gill Hek, (2011) Making Sense of Research, 4th Edition, Sage
        • Aveyard, Helen (2007) Doing a Literature Review in Health and Social Care, Open University Press

      • Data collection, analysis and interpretation

        Module code: HS908
        Module credits: 15
        Module level: seven
        Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
        Location: University of Essex, Colchester Campus.
        Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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        Aim

        This module provides you with a range of techniques for collecting, analysing and interpreting data. It combines a theoretical with a practical approach to enable you to understand the collection and analysis process.

        Learning outcomes

        At the end of the module, you are expected to be able to:

        • have an advanced understanding of the range of data collection and analysis techniques that are in common use in your discipline
        • be able to design and pilot data collection instruments
        • conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis using appropriate computer software
        • interpret statistical and qualitative research findings

        Module outline

        The module uses lectures and computer lab sessions supported by Moodle. Moodle hosts extra readings, copies of slides, and other material. The assessment task includes piloting your own material which should be developed for formative assessment. Tutorials are scheduled to complement this process. The module has been divided into the following themes:

        • collecting, analysing and interpreting quantitative data
        • collecting, analysing and interpreting qualitative data
        • mixed methods

        Assessment strategy

        100 per cent coursework mark - 3,000 word data collection exercise.

        Module pre-requisites

        You may apply for the module provided you have:

        • arranged for a suitable funding source
        • current practice within a health or social care setting

        Funding

        In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

        How to apply

        Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


      • Postgraduate research methods

        Module code: HS945
        Module credits: 30
        Module level: seven
        Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
        Location: The module is entirely web-based, you receive an extensive induction to the website on the Briefing Day. Academic support is via email, and all queries are answered within three working days.
        Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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        Aim

        This module enables you to explore theoretical and practical issues in relation to the research process, with specific emphasis on research in health and social care. You will develop the ability to understand and use relevant research literature, and acquire some of the skills you need to plan and carry out your own research. A defining feature of the course is that the research principles that are encountered will constantly be applied to real health and social care settings.

        Learning outcomes

        At the end of the module you are expected to:

        • know about the range of research methods that are commonly used in health and social care research
        • be able to critically appraise research papers and construct a literature review
        • be able to apply research findings, including literature reviews, within your own working practice
        • understand the principles of qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and be able to carry out simple analysis using the appropriate software
        • know how to design a simple research study, defining your research question, choosing appropriate methods and study groups
        • be able to conduct research to appropriate ethical standards - specific focus is place upon developing appropriate research tools to collect data and systematic data analysis

        Module outline

        The module content is entirely self-directed through the use of Moodle (our web-based learning application). For your study on this module you will be drawing on printed material, a variety of web resources including video clips and software. However, one of the most important learning activities that you engage in will be the discussions that you have with fellow students. At various stages in each module, you will be asked to informally discuss your thoughts on different topics with the other students. There will also be the opportunity to discuss issues related to the module (or anything else!) in the informal discussion areas.

        Assessment strategy

        100 per cent coursework mark - there are two equally weighted summative assignments. The first assignment is an assessed workbook which focuses on critical appraisal and literature reviewing skills; the second is a data collection and analysis assignment which asks you to develop two data collection tools and to analyse a set of data (either qualitative or quantitative).

        Module pre-requisites

        You may apply for the module provided you have:

        • arranged for a suitable funding source
        • current practice within a health or social care setting

        Funding

        In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

        How to apply

        Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


      • Theory and method in health research

        Module code: HS947
        Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
        Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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        Module description

        This module examines major perspectives in social science disciplines as they are applied to health and clinical research. It is intended as a component of training for research in health studies. Research in health and health care needs to evaluate and account for scientific and social scientific knowledge produced by a wide range of methods.

        In this module in depth understanding of research methodology is facilitated through studying the philosophical foundations of methods. Furthermore, an understanding of the links between theory and method, at different levels, is necessary for research at postgraduate level. This module therefore examines some of the philosophical foundations of health-related social research and (albeit to a lesser extent) places the origins and development of these philosophical foundations in their historical and socio-political contexts. A range of philosophical, theoretical and applied texts are examined during the course of the module.

        Learning and teaching methods

        Online resources, reading, discussion forums will be supplemented with face to face seminars including peer supervision. There will be time available for personal tutorial at the end of selected sessions. Module tutors can provide formative feedback on written drafts via email.

        Assessment strategy

        100 per cent coursework

        Funding

        In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

        How to apply

        Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


      • Qualitative research methods

        Module code: HS948
        Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
        Location: This module is delivered at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus
        Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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        Module description

        Suitable for Masters and Doctoral students undertaking research methods training, this is a general introduction to process of qualitative research applied to the study of issues of health and illness. The course places a central focus on processes and practices of qualitative research. At the end of this course you will be aware of central issues in the conduct of qualitative research.

        Learning and teaching methods

        Two-hour seminar once a week. Assessment is 100 per cent coursework.

      • Reflective practice

        Module code: HS957
        Module credits: 15
        Module level: seven
        Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
        Location: University of Essex, Colchester Campus.
        Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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        Aim

        This module provides you with an applied grounding in reflective practice within a professional learning context. The module is built around an introduction to and application of the work of four significant theorists in the reflective practice field, followed by reflexive discussion about the contribution their theories make to our own capacity to learn in and through practice.

        This module can be taken as part of MSc or PG Diploma Medical and Clinical Education (MACE) pathway or as a standalone module.

        Learning outcomes

        At the end of the module you are expected to be able to:

        • internalise the value of reflective learning in professional practice
        • critically select and apply models of reflection to clarify personal values and their impact on professional practice
        • examine the ethical issues embedded in the delivery of health care education and justify ethical decisions
        • demonstrate a critical approach to reflective practice and the capability for deep learning based upon critical self-evaluation
        • work with the complexities of uncertainty and initiate change based upon sound judgement
        • apply critically reflective practice to bridge the theory practice divide

        Module outline

        To further develop your self-knowledge and learning capacity by advancing your ability to reflect on and in action.

        Assessment strategy

        A 3000-word reflective essay evaluating the systematic application of a model of reflective practice applied to a learning, teaching, assessment or practice issue. This should include accompanying evidence of the reflective process undertaken.

        Module pre-requisites

        You may apply for the module provided you have:

        • arranged for a suitable funding source; and
        • current practice within a health or social care setting

        Funding

        In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

        How to apply

        Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


      • Dissertation

        Module code: HS982
        Module credits: 60
        Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk

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        Pre-requisites

        You must have completed module HS900 or HS945.

        Learning and teaching methods

        Dissertation workshops are held throughout the academic year which will help you to select a topic for your dissertation and provide guidance on writing up your research. You are allocated a dissertation supervisor appropriate for your topic and/or selected methods.

        Assessment

        100 per cent coursework (dissertation).

      • Statistical analysis

        Module code: HS927
        Module credits: 15
        Module level: seven
        Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
        Location: University of Essex, Colchester Campus.
        Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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        Aim

        This module is ideal if you have no previous experience of quantitative methods, which introduces you to basic and intermediate statistical concepts and procedures. The emphasis is on practical applications, not mathematics although a small amount of elementary mathematics is inevitably required.

        Learning outcomes

        At the end of the module you are expected to be able to:

        • understand the logic of statistical description and inference
        • know how to interpret basic statistics
        • conduct elementary and intermediate quantitative data analysis using a statistical software package

        Module outline

        This module is delivered online and instructs you in how to carry out practical analysis and interpretation of statistical data. Individual tutorials can be booked with the module lead as necessary. A student copy of SPSS can be obtained from IT services and you will need access to SPSS and Excel throughout the module. The module covers the following themes:

        • principles of data analysis, description and inference, and preparation of data for statistical testing
        • conducting uni- and bivariate analysis, tests of association and tests of difference, multivariate analysis and regression modelling
        • interpreting statistical output

        Assessment strategy

        20 per cent coursework mark, 80 per cent exam mark.

        Module pre-requisites

        Students may pursue an application for the module, provided they have:

        • arranged for a suitable funding source
        • current practice within a health or social care setting

        Funding

        In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

        How to apply

        Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    Work-based learning

    • Developing professional practice

      Module code: HS611
      Module credits: 30
      Module level: six or seven
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: Developing Professional Practice is a supervised project. This module has no formal taught component with all sessions being based around individual or group tutorials.
      Dates: You can enrol for this module at the beginning of any academic term. You will normally be required to complete projects within a two-term (approx six months) period.

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      Aim

      This module has been developed based on the following assumptions about professional practice:

      • each professional group within statutory and non-statutory health services make a unique contribution to the health and wellbeing of service users
      • defining the unique contribution benefits the service user through ensuring that the right person with the right skills is deployed to meet identified need
      • defining the unique contribution benefits the professional group through role clarification within a complex service
      • defining the unique contribution benefits the practitioner through the development of personal and professional confidence

      Learning outcomes

      At the end of the programme you are expected to be able to:

      • identify/critically analyse the contribution made by a named professional group towards the health/social care of service users in a given situation, whilst recognising professional limitations and the need to refer onto other professionals and support networks
      • demonstrate/evaluate the professional basis for decision making in relation to a salient topic or issue in health/social care practice
      • examine, interpret, and synthesise the evidence base to support decision-making in practice settings
      • evaluate the effectiveness of interventions with service users
      • recognise professional limitations and access support networks

      Module outline

      Developing Professional Practice is a supervised project with no formal taught component, all sessions are based around individual or group tutorials. During the module you will carry out a project in your workplace which explores the nature of your individual professional practice. Your project will be unique, focusing on the clinical practice environment as experienced by the practitioner.

      Assessment strategy

      The summative assessment for this module is a 6000-word portfolio. The portfolio should:

      • be based within your place of work
      • be relevant to your clinical practice
      • reflect the your unique contribution to the health/social care of clients; and
      • reflect the core professional values of your profession

      Each project will reflect the unique environment in which you are employed. However, the assignment should focus on one of the following areas:

      • an analysis of a therapeutic intervention
      • an analysis of a sequence of care delivery
      • an analysis of the organisation of care delivery within a defined area

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for the module if you:

      • are a practising professional
      • are familiar with, and able to undertake, self-directed study
      • bring to the course a wealth of practical experience
      • require primarily guidance and support whilst undertaking the module

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    • Applying and using learning in practice

      Module codes, levels and credits:

      Module code Academic level Credit value
      HS619-4-FY Level four 15
      HS619-5-FY Level five 15
      HS619-6-FY Level six 15
      HS620-6-FY Level six 30
      HS619-7-FY Level seven 15
      HS620-7-FY Level seven 30

      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: Applying and Using Learning in Practice is a supervised project. There is no formal taught component and all sessions are based around individual or group tutorials.
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      This module allows you the opportunity to take a structured approach to applying and using learning in your professional practice. Health professionals commonly attend learning events such as conferences, workshops, skills training or role shadowing as part of their professional development.

      Although highly valuable in terms of shaping ones ideas, learning techniques and broadening understanding, there is limited opportunity afforded within these 'one-off' learning events to allow demonstration of reflection, critical analysis, contextualisation and evaluation. This module is designed to give you, as a health professional an opportunity to demonstrate how you have applied the learning gained from such events to your day-to-day practice.

      Learning outcomes

      It is expected that the value of participating in learning events can be captured and enhanced for:

      • the individual
      • the organisation in which they work
      • the service users they are responsible for

      In addition, professionals become skilled in applying and using learning to make a measurable difference to practice.

      Each level has a different set of expected learning outcomes and associated assessment criteria. If you are considering undertaking this module please discuss with the module lead the best level and credit value for you.

      Module outline

      Applying and Using Learning in Practice is a supervised project with no formal taught component, all sessions are based around individual or group tutorials. You will need to have undergone a collection of recent learning events (normally they will need to have occurred in the last two years). You will be expected to:

      • reflect upon
      • critically analyse
      • contextualise
      • evaluate how these learning events have been applied to your practice as a health professional

      Assessment strategy

      The summative assessment for this module is a portfolio which should include:

      1. reflections on learning events using the module proforma
      2. evidence to support attendance/ participation of the above events
      3. an account of application of learning to practice

      Each portfolio will reflect your unique experience. The learning events selected for inclusion should be discussed with the module leader to ensure they have sufficient complexity to meet the level and credit value of the module.

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for the module if you:

      • are a practising professional
      • are familiar with, and able to undertake, self-directed study
      • bring to the course a wealth of practical experience
      • require primarily guidance and support whilst undertaking the module

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    • Work-based learning

      Module code: HS621, HS626, HS627, HS909
      Module credits: There are a number of options for this module, which ranges in the level and volume of work that will need to be produced for assessment.
      Module level: see above.
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: As this module is primarily self-directed it can be commenced within any term of the year. Individual deadlines for the assessment will be negotiated between the academic supervisor and student. On receipt of your application an academic supervisor will be allocated who will discuss further the structure, support and resources available to you during this course.
      Dates: See above.

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      Aim

      Work-based learning offers both a means of linking theory to practice and of valuing practice, as an integral part of professional education. The principle behind work-based learning is that you are given an opportunity to explore aspects of your work for your own personal development and that of the organisation/service in which you work.

      This module places control over the learning process in your hands - you negotiate your own learning contract with your academic and practice supervisors. This will set out and structure what you want to learn, what action you will take to achieve it, and what evidence will demonstrate that achievement.

      It is expected that on this course you will directly apply the knowledge and skills gained to your professional work through development of a service improvement project and specific, individualised activities to enhance your professional practice.

      Learning outcomes

      Work-based learning will enable you to:

      • tailor learning to you and your workplace’s needs
      • identify and reinforce existing knowledge and experience
      • gain academic credit for existing knowledge and skills
      • develop research skills in designing, delivering and disseminating work related projects
      • improve personal effectiveness through reflection

      The learning outcomes for this module will be negotiated individually with you. You will be advised to identify a practice-based supervisor to provide support and coaching via a learning contract. The learning contract and associated projects will be negotiated at the beginning of the module between you, the academic supervisor and the practice-based supervisor.

      Module outline

      Resources to support learning in relation to this module and the assessment tasks will be available to you via ‘Moodle’- our online learning environment. This includes our suite of 'Service Improvement' videos and tools.

      Assessment strategy

      See above.

      Module pre-requisites

      You are advised to speak with the module leader before deciding which work-based learning module option to take.

      You may apply for the module provided you have all of the following:

      • arranged for a suitable funding source;
      • current practice within a health or social care setting
      • access to a supervisor in practice

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    Specialist clinical practice

    • Legal and ethical issues

      Module code: HS501
      Module credits: 30 credits at level six, 15 credits at level seven
      Module level: see above.
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: this module will not be running in 2013-14.
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      Society in general is becoming increasingly litigious. In the context of health care, law in general and health care law in particular has a profound influence on practice. Managers and clinicians are called to account for their actions, justifying resource decisions as well as clinical judgements.

      An understanding of the law and moral reasoning is thus an important knowledge base for health care staff. This course aims to provide an overview of the legal and ethical frameworks, which underpin and govern the practice of health care and research.

      Learning outcomes

      At the end of the programme you are expected to be able to:

      • provide an understanding of key legal concepts in health care
      • examine the generation and application of law in health care settings
      • demonstrate the ethical base of health care practice

      Module outline

      There will be a series of two-hour seminars, where issues on the relationship between law, ethics and health care will be examined. You will be encouraged to examine how law and ethics relate to your particular areas of work, and how an understanding of these issues may enhance practice.

      Assessment strategy

      100 per cent coursework mark.

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for the module provided you have:

      • arranged for a suitable funding source; and
      • current practice within a health or social care setting

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    • Come back to Nursing - Return to Practice

      Module code: HS570
      Module credits: 30 credits
      Module level: Level six
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: Colchester or Southend depending on applications
      Dates: APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED FOR OUR NEXT INTAKE WHICH IS ANTICIPATED TO COMMENCE IN JANUARY 2018.

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      Aim

      We prepare you, as a qualified adult or mental health nurse to return to professional practice in acute or community settings. If your registration has lapsed you can work with us to gain the skills to restablish your nursing career.

      On completion of this module you will be able to re-apply for current NMC registration and will be prepared for the application and interview process, in collaboration with local employers.

      Not only that, but there is funding to cover not only your tuition fees but also provide you with a £500 bursary to help with living costs.

      Learning outcomes

      In line with NMC requirements, this will:

      • enhance understanding of the required values for contemporary nursing practice
      • update knowledge required for contemporary nursing practice
      • update clinical nursing skills pertaining to your chosen field of nursing

      Module outline

      A combination of classroom and online learning, equivalent to 10 days, constitute the theoretical component of the module. A minimum of 200 hours must also be completed during a practice placement.

      Assessment strategy

      This module is assessed by portfolio and practice based assessment. Returnees are expected to construct a portfolio that demonstrates how they have met the learning outcomes. The portfolio must contain;

      • 3000 word written assignment containing five critical reflections
      • Practical Skills and Sign Off Mentor’s Record
      • Log of practice hours
      • Evidence of mandatory training completed.

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for the module provided you have:

      • Students may pursue an application for the module provided they have lapsed level one NMC registration.

      Funding

      Places on this course are funded by Health Education East of England for lapsed registrants.

      How to apply

      Please complete the application form and return it to us. Applications are currently being accepted for our next intake which is anticipated to commence in January 2018.


    • Preparation for non-medical prescribing - nurses, midwives and SCPHNs

      Module code: HS604
      Module credits: 30
      Module level: six or seven
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: University of Essex, Colchester and Southend Campuses.
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      This NMC accredited module will prepare nurses to prescribe as both an independent prescriber and a supplementary prescriber working in partnership with an independent prescriber and the patient. This programme has been designed for qualified nurses, working in a variety of healthcare settings.

      Its underpinning philosophy is that successful participants will be able to enhance patient care by providing quicker and more efficient access to healthcare, by making better use of their own skills, and allowing doctors more time to deal with more complex and serious health problems.

      Learning outcomes

      At the end of the module you are expected to be able to:

      • perform thorough and competent consultation and assessment with patients
      • prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively
      • demonstrate a systematic knowledge of drug actions (most especially of those medications commonly used in their area of professional practice)
      • understand the legislative framework relevant to the practice of nurse prescribing
      • demonstrate how to access best-available evidence to support prescribing decisions
      • understand the principles of health promotion, concordance, and the enhancement of coping strategies
      • acknowledge the accountability and responsibility of a nurse prescriber, and be able to manage ethical dilemmas

      Module outline

      The programme will run over a period of six months, during which there will be 28 days of contact time in order for the theory component to be delivered. The module will cover all of the areas that would be expected of a safe and effective prescriber (i.e. knowledge of anatomy and physiology, consultation and assessment, pharmacology, psycho-social aspects of prescribing, effective medicines management, legal and ethical issues, and health promotion/concordance considerations).

      Between study days, you will be expected to shadow your prescribing designated medical practitioner for an equivalent of half a day per week (12 days) of educationally-led practice.

      Assessment strategy

      In complying with NMC requirements, assessment will comprise successful completion of:

      • portfolio: a 4500-word client-specific reflective analysis in the form of two case studies (one of which should illustrate independent prescribing, and the other should be of supplementary prescribing). This assessment has a 40 per cent pass mark at level six (or 50 per cent at M level), and forms 80 per cent of the marks
      • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in a simulated learning environment, and to be marked as 'pass' or 'fail'
      • one 90-minute written final examination, consisting of ten multiple-choice questions and ten short answer questions. This assessment has an 80 per cent pass mark, and forms 20 per cent of the total marks for the module
      • one 30-minute drug calculation examination, consisting of five multiple choice questions. This assessment is marked as 'pass' or 'fail', but you must answer all questions correctly
      • completion of the logbook with the designated medical mentor to assess practice-based competency. This assessment is marked as 'pass' or 'fail'
      • two 500-word formative essays during the module

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for the module provided you:

      • are registered with the NMC as a first-level nurse
      • have a minimum of three years experience as a qualified nurse
      • have worked in the area of practice in which you will be prescribing for a minimum of one year
      • have arranged for a suitable funding source, and have support from your employing organisation
      • are able to study at academic level six
      • have identified a designated medical practitioner, who will provide you with supervision and support to develop competence in prescribing practice
      • have evidence that you are competent to undertake a consultation and assessment with patients
      • have a current CRB certificate

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in the Non-medical prescribing application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    • Person centred dementia care

      Module code: HS607
      Module credits: 30
      Module level: six or seven
      Module contact: Dr Mary Kennedy, telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: University of Essex, Colchester Campus
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      This module is designed to offer health and social care practitioners the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of dementia and to develop specialist skills in providing care for people living with dementia and their families.

      This module is ideally suited for those who want to promote good practice and facilitate practice based change within their organisation, or for people who want to go on to undertake a specialist role in dementia care.

      We have found that it is of particular interest to mental health nurses, social workers and occupational therapists, however, it would also be of interest and use to other health and social care professionals working with people dementia and their families.

      Learning outcomes

      The module covers a range of topics:

      • understanding the impact of dementia on the person, families and carers
      • personhood, identity and dementia
      • the use of life story work and therapies to promote excellence in dementia care
      • developing supportive, therapeutic relationships
      • creating effective partnerships that support the person with dementia, families and carers
      • dementia friendly environments and practice development
      • end of life care

      Assessment strategy

      Offered at level six or seven, this 30-credit module requires around 300 hours study over a fifteen-week period which will be assessed through coursework.
      If you are interested in attending the sessions but not able to commit to handing in the coursework, a certificate of attendance is available, however, please note, in order to gain the academic credits the coursework must be completed.

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for the module provided you have:

      • arranged for a suitable funding source; and
      • current practice within a health or social care setting

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    • Developing as a compassionate practitioner

      Module code: HS613
      Module credits: 15
      Module level: six and seven
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: University of Essex, Colchester Campus
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      Following the publication of the Francis Report (Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust 2010) concern about the quality of care in the NHS has become the subject of significant media and professional attention. However the reality of health and social care practice for practitioners is often determined by the need to produce specific outcomes and demonstrate recovery rates. This can lead to the depersonalisation of clients as staff endeavour to complete tasks and paper work, losing sight of the person they are working with (Ballat and Campling 2011). Finding ways to develop the ability of health care professionals to deliver compassionate care despite the challenges of their working environment is therefore essential.

      By combining an introduction to mindfulness and self-compassion with direct application to health and social care practice we develop your capacity as a professional to deliver compassionate care. By making you more aware of the present moment experience and improving your ability to identify and deal more compassionately with your own emotional needs you will become more confident in practice and more emotionally resilient to the challenges of your work. Becoming more mindful and compassionate towards yourself will mean you can form better professional relationships and be able to incorporate the needs of your patients in their care giving much more effectively.

      Learning outcomes

      At the end of the module you are expected to be able to:

      • define mindfulness, self-compassion and compassionate care and utilise research evidence to describe how these concepts are related
      • identify and discuss the barriers (both internal and institutional) that health and social care practitioner’s face in delivering compassionate care
      • critically evaluate the current evidence regarding the effectiveness of developing mindfulness and self-compassion as a mechanism for increasing compassion in health and social care
      • utilise specific tools to develop your own mindfulness and self-compassion and critically reflect on the impact that these tools has had on your own practice
      • be more aware of how you are relating with patients whilst you are caring for them; as a result learners will be more able to critically reflect on the care that you give and able to identify more compassionate ways of caring in the future
      • appreciate how mindfulness and self-compassion can be utilised in challenging professional contexts and how you may assist both patient and health/social care professional

      Module outline

      This course combines a rigorous theoretical introduction to the concepts of mindfulness and self-compassion, with a focus on experiential knowledge developed through relevant practices taught on the course. A range of contemplative learning techniques will be utilised including use of silence, journaling, visualisation, walking meditation, compassion practices, contemplative reading and breath awareness meditation.

      The course is teaching takes place over three full days 9.30-17.00. All teaching will take place on Saturdays. The first day focuses on mindfulness. Becoming aware of our own moment to moment experience is crucial for the development of self-compassion which is why this element is taught first. Students will be given practical exercises to use at home and are expected to keep a journal reflecting on their experiences.

      On the second day of teaching (approximately two weeks after the first) we shift the focus from mindfulness to self-compassion and again students will be expected to engage with academic literature in this field as well as utilise practical exercises at home. Whilst learning about self-compassion students, will come to appreciate that self-compassion acts as the first step on which compassionate care for others can be established.

      Although a focus on health care practice underpins the entire course, on the third day (approximately six weeks after the second day) of teaching we focus on the relevance of the skills that students are developing to specific professional challenges or contexts. This will bring together their theoretical and practical learning so that they appreciate how the course impacts directly on their practice and establishes a strong foundation on which compassionate care can be developed.

      On line discussion forums will be used to support students between face to face sessions. This distribution pattern is important as it ensures that students have time to utilise the practical exercises they are given between sessions.

      Assessment strategy

      This module will be assessed through a portfolio of evidence (3000 words) this will allow learners to demonstrate that they have achieved the learning outcomes of the module in a variety of ways and provides flexibility which can accommodate the broad range of contexts in which students will be practising. Students will be expected to keep a reflective learning journal which they complete weekly (as a minimum) this will not be assessed as a whole but students can submit sections of this journal as evidence in the portfolio. As part of the portfolio students will be expected to complete a short essay on mindfulness and health care to ensure that students engage with and reflect on relevant literature.

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for the module provided you meet all of the following criteria:

      • arranged for a suitable funding source
      • Two years’ experience within a health or social care setting

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.

      References

      • Ballatt, J. and Campling, P. 2011. Intelligent Kindness: Reforming the Culture of Healthcare. 1 edition. London : S.l.: RCPsych Publications.
      • Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, Great Britain, Parliament and House of Commons 2010. Report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry: executive summary. London: Stationery Office.

    • Practice certificate in supplementary prescribing for Allied Health Professionals

      Module code: HS631
      Module credits: 30
      Module level: six or seven
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: University of Essex, Colchester Campus
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      This HCPC approved module will prepare you to prescribe as a supplementary AHP prescriber working in partnership with an independent prescriber. This module can be taken as a standalone module or as part of the Health Care Practice pathways.

      Learning outcomes

      At the end of the programme you are expected to be able to:

      • undertake assessment and consultation with patients and carers
      • prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively, demonstrating an awareness of the influences on prescribing practice, and the roles and relationships of others involved in prescribing, supplying and administering medication
      • introduce measures to monitor the effects of prescribed medication demonstrating knowledge of drug actions
      • work effectively within the legislative framework relevant to the practice of Supplementary Prescribing
      • access and utilise local and national sources of information, advice and support in prescribing practice
      • work with patients and carers to enhance their coping strategies
      • practise within a framework of professional accountability and responsibility in relation to Supplementary Prescribing
      • promote partnership and patient involvement in their care through effective communication
      • demonstrate effective partnership working with Independent Prescribers, and develop and document a Clinical Management Plan within the context of this partnership
      • demonstrate an understanding of the importance of record keeping in the context of medicines management

      Module outline

      One day a week you engage in a mix of classroom and online activities led by a variety of healthcare professionals and University lecturers with prescribing experience. In addition, you undertake a minimum of 12 days of supervised practice with a medical mentor. You are allocated an academic supervisor for the duration of the module.

      Assessment strategy

      • Portfolio
      • OSCE (related to area of clinical practice)
      • Practice logbook

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for the module provided you meet all of the following criteria:

      • arranged for a suitable funding source
      • you are a chiropodist/podiatrist, physiotherapist or radiographer whose name is held on the relevant part of the Health and Care Professions Council membership register
      • you have appropriate experience in the area of practice in which you will be prescribing
      • you should have at least three years relevant post-qualification experience
      • you must have the ability to study at a minimum of academic level six
      • you must have support from your employing organisation which includes:
        • acknowledgement that the post held is one in which there is a need and opportunity to act as supplementary prescriber
        • AHPs working in primary care will have access to a prescribing budget on completion of the course
        • future access to continuing professional development
        • a local NHS need for supplementary prescribing in this therapeutic area has been identified in order to maximise benefit to patients in terms of quicker and more efficient access to medicines and improved quality of care
      • you must have identified a designated medical practitioner who will provide you with supervision, support and opportunities to develop competence in prescribing practice
      • you are able to provide evidence of a CRB check within the last three years

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    • Evidence based practice for clinical decision making

      Module code: HS634
      Module credits: 30
      Module level: seven
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: University of Essex, Colchester Campus
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      Healthcare professionals are applying evidence based practice (EBP) principles in an increasingly complex working environment. Effective health provision is achieved by skilled clinicians utilising the three EBP domains of research, clinical experience and expertise, and patient experience or perspective to achieve decisions around assessment and intervention. Shared decision making is core to the NHS values.

      The decision making process demands a range of clinical reasoning skills: the ability to synthesise information from a range of sources, to critically appraise research and other evidence, to elicit and take account of patient views and to incorporate these with clinical experience.

      This Module sets out to examine, to critically analyse and evaluate EBP in real-life contexts and to strengthen clinical reasoning (CR) and clinical decision making skills (CDM) within this complex context. It has been designed for experienced clinicians working in clinical or educational settings.

      It is aimed primarily for Allied Health Professionals – Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Physiotherapists as well as staff in other nursing, health and social care roles.

      Learning outcomes

      At the end of the module you are expected to be able to:

      • demonstrate deep and systematic understanding of current theoretical and methodological approaches to EBP, CR and CDM within the clinical area of their case study
      • critically analyse and evaluate the theory and interpretation of EBP, CR and CDM as applied to practical real-life cases which are unpredictable or complex/highly specialised
      • critically evaluate the current policy, resources and literature with relevance to EBP
      • using appropriate methodologies critically evaluate and reflect upon the EBP, CR and CDM within the context of their own professional practice within the case study
      • implement, evaluate and reflect upon professional practice with regard to CR and CDM skills, showing original and innovative thinking, which offers alternative or ‘transformational’ solutions to real-life cases

      Module outline

      The module consists of three workshop/study days spread across 12 weeks, there is also self-directed learning under the guidance of e-learning resources; tutorials with the Module Lead will also be available. The workshop and study days will set out key theoretical aspects of EBP and will have presentations from external experts to highlight particular clinical issues, and group learning activities. The e-learning platform Moodle will be used to support self-directed learning as will the use of discussion forums and online learning.

      Assessment strategy

      The module is assessed 100% by the mark awarded for Course Work

      • Assignment/Case study – 6000 words case study from a practice setting. The focus of this case study is a critical reflection of the CR and CDM skills used in management of the case. The case study should be a critical and integrated exploration of the evidence base underpinning the relevant area of practice along with the CR and CDM processes utilised in the on-going case management. It should :-
        • Be based within the student’s place of work
        • Be relevant to the student's clinical practice
        • Reflect the student’s contribution, CR and CDM to the health/social care of clients
        • Reflect the core professional values of the student’s profession
      • The case study should focus on the following areas:
        • An analysis of the clinical decision–making used in the management of the case with reference to the evidence base
        • An analysis of a therapeutic intervention with reference to the three domains of EBP – evidence, professional judgement and patient or client views
        • These two threads should be integrated within the case study.
        • Some of the questions that could be addressed are as follows.
        • What is your personal investment/interest and background within the case? This could be a reflective thread integrated with the evaluation of the CDM and CR.
        • Is the development of your CR and CDM within your professional practice explicit?
        • What specific theory underpins your CDM and CR work?
        • Are the following explicit?
        • Research base
        • Practice knowledge
        • Theoretical knowledge
        • How have client and other perspectives influenced your reasoning and decision making?

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for the module provided you meet all of the following criteria:

      • arranged for a suitable funding source
      • are currently working in a health professional role and have access to relevant clinical caseload
      • have at least 3 years post qualification as a health professional – typically working at Band 6 level or above in current NHS structures
      • registered with relevant regulatory body e.g. Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    • Practice certificate in independent and supplementary prescribing for physiotherapists/podiatrists

      Module code: HS637
      Module credits: 30
      Module level: six or seven
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: University of Essex, Colchester or Southend Campus
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      This HCPC approved module will prepare the individual practitioner to prescribe as both:

      • An Independent Prescriber
      • A Supplementary Prescriber working in partnership with Independent Prescribers and the Patient.

      It can be taken as a standalone module or as part of the Health Care Practice or Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment/Imaging pathways.

      Learning outcomes

      At the end of the module you are expected to be able to:

      • undertake assessment and consultation with patients and carers, encompassing a thorough history (including medication, over the counter treatments and complementary therapies) to inform diagnosis
      • prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively, demonstrating an awareness of the influences on prescribing practice, and the roles and relationships of others involved in prescribing, supplying and administering medication
      • introduce measures to monitor the effects of prescribed medication demonstrating knowledge of drug actions
      • work effectively within the legislative framework relevant to the practice of Physiotherapy/Podiatry Prescribing
      • access and utilise local and national sources of information, advice and support in prescribing practice
      • work with patients and carers to enhance their coping strategies
      • practise within a framework of professional accountability and responsibility in relation to Physiotherapy/Podiatry Prescribing
      • promote partnership and patient involvement in their own care through effective communication
      • develop a clinical management plan within legislative requirements

      Module outline

      One day a week, students will engage in learning through a mix of classroom and on-line activities, led by a variety of healthcare professionals and University lecturers with prescribing experience. In addition, students will undertake a minimum of 12 days of supervised practice with a medical mentor. Students are allocated an academic supervisor for the duration of the module.

      Assessment strategy

      • 4,500 word client specific analysis in the form of at least two case studies which will take account of the unique nature of different practice environments and patient groups. At least one case study must be of supplementary prescribing, and include a CMP signed off by the designated medical practitioner. At least one case study must be of independent prescribing.
      • One objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) in a simulated learning environment.
      • Completion of the logbook to assess learning outcomes 1-9 by the designated medical practitioner.
      • One 90 minute written final examination, which will consist of multiple-choice questions testing knowledge and application and short answer questions.
      • Thirty minute multiple choice examination, consisting of 5 calculations providing numerical assessment within the context of prescribing practice.
      • A personal formulary from the student’s individual scope of practice.

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for the module provided you meet all of the following criteria:

      • A physiotherapist or podiatrist whose name is held on the relevant part of the HCPC membership register.
      • Professionally practising in an environment where there is an identified need for the individual to use Independent/Supplementary prescribing regularly.
      • Have support from the employer/sponsor, including confirmation that the entrant will have appropriate supervised practice in the clinical area in which they are expected to prescribe.
      • Demonstrate medicines and clinical governance arrangements are in place to support safe and effective Independent/Supplementary prescribing.
      • Identify an approved medical practitioner, normally recognised by the employer/commissioning organisation as having:
        • Experience in the relevant field of practice.
        • Training and experience in the supervision, support and assessment of trainees.
        • Agreed to provide the student with opportunities to develop competencies in prescribing; and to supervise, support and assess the student during his/her clinical placement.
      • Have at least 3 years relevant post-qualification experience in the clinical area where prescribing will take place.
      • Be working at an advanced practitioner or equivalent level.
      • Be able to demonstrate reflection on his/her own performance and take responsibility for his/her own continuing professional development.
      • Provide evidence of a DBS check within the last 3 months.
      • Demonstrate the ability to study at a minimum of academic level 6 or 7.
      • arranged for a suitable funding source

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our AHP prescribing application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    • Conversion module to prepare physiotherapist and podiatrist supplementary prescribers as independent prescribers

      Module code: HS638
      Module credits: 30
      Module level: six
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: University of Essex, Colchester Campus
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      This HCPC approved module is designed for those physiotherapists and podiatrists who already have a Supplementary Prescribing qualification and who wish to become Independent Prescribers in addition.

      Learning outcomes

      At the end of the module you are expected to be able to:

      • Undertake assessment and consultation with patients and carers, encompassing a thorough history (including medication, over the counter treatments and complementary therapies) to inform diagnosis.
      • Prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively, demonstrating an awareness of the influences on prescribing practice, and the roles and relationships of others involved in prescribing, supplying and administering medication.
      • Introduce measures to monitor the effects of prescribed medication demonstrating knowledge of drug actions.
      • Work effectively within the legislative framework relevant to the practice of Physiotherapy/Podiatry Prescribing.
      • Access and utilise local and national sources of information, advice and support in prescribing practice.
      • Work with patients and carers to enhance their coping strategies.
      • Practise within a framework of professional accountability and responsibility in relation to Physiotherapy/Podiatry Prescribing.
      • Promote partnership and patient involvement in their care through effective communication.
      • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of record keeping in the context of medicines management.

      Module outline

      The programme will run over a period of 2 days over 3 months.

      Within the period between study days the students will be expected to shadow their prescribing designated medical practitioner (DMP) (or another appropriate health practitioner agreed with your DMP) for an equivalent of 15 hours of educationally led practice.

      Assessment strategy

      The module is assessed 100% by the mark awarded for Course Work

      • 2,000 word client specific analysis in the form of one case study which must be of independent prescribing and which will take account of the unique nature of different practice environments and patient groups.
      • Completion of the logbook to assess learning outcomes 1-9 by the designated medical practitioner.
      • Thirty minute multiple choice examination, consisting of 5 calculations providing numerical assessment within the context of prescribing practice.
      • A personal formulary from the student’s individual scope of practice.

      Module pre-requisites

      Any student applying for this module must meet all of the following entry requirements:

      • A physiotherapist or podiatrist whose name is held on the relevant part of the HCPC membership register.
      • Currently practicing as a supplementary prescriber for the past six months prior to the start of this programme.
      • Professionally practising in an environment where there is an identified need for the individual to use Independent/Supplementary prescribing regularly.
      • Have support from the employer/sponsor, including confirmation that the entrant will have appropriate supervised practice in the clinical area in which they are expected to prescribe.
      • Identify an approved medical practitioner, normally recognised by the employer/commissioning organisation as having:
        • Experience in the relevant field of practice.
        • Training and experience in the supervision, support and assessment of trainees.
        • Agreed to provide the student with opportunities to develop competencies in prescribing; and to supervise, support and assess the student during his/her clinical placement.
      • Be working at an advanced practitioner or equivalent level.
      • Be able to demonstrate reflection on his/her own performance and take responsibility for his/her own continuing professional development.
      • Provide evidence of a DBS check within the last 3 months.
      • Demonstrate the ability to study at a minimum of academic level 6.
      • Arranged for a suitable funding source

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our AHP prescribing application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    • Pharmacological management of diabetes – optimising control

      Module code: HS641
      Module credits: 15
      Module level: six or seven
      Module contact: telephone 01206 873375, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: Colchester
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      This module is an innovative multi-professional qualification which has been jointly developed by North East Essex Diabetes Specialist Team and the University of Essex. The subjects are specifically aimed to meet the learning needs of those providing clinical services to patients with diabetes in Primary Care, the community and in the hospital setting. The module is suitable for general practitioners, practice nurses, community nurses, ward nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals.

      Learning outcomes

      The module provides a range of learning opportunities, offering a mixture of taught sessions, shadow sessions within the specialist clinical areas and self-directed learning. This includes teaching and assessment of health promotion in relation to management of established insulin and GLP-1 therapies in diabetes management. Practitioners will build on current skills and knowledge to improve confidence to enable them to deliver safe, effective healthcare.

      Level six

      • Interpret data from clinical investigations to monitor glycaemic control, predict risk and plan appropriate interventions
      • Develop person-centred, evidence based, diabetes management plans to optimise glycaemic control
      • Engage effective communication and motivational techniques to agree goals and enhance glycaemic control
      • Advise and titrate insulin and GLP-1 medications through application of national and local policy, recommendations and current research to improve glycaemic control

      Level seven

      • Evaluate clinical investigations and the data they produce to monitor glycaemic control, predict risk and plan appropriate interventions
      • Critically evaluate and synthesise available evidence in order to develop diabetes management plans to ensure they are person-centred and that they optimise glycaemic control
      • Analyse and engage in effective communication and motivational techniques to agree goals and enhance glycaemic control in complex cases
      • Advise, and titrate Insulin and GLP-1 medications through critical evaluation and application of National and local policy, recommendations and current research to improve glycaemic control

      Module outline

      A range of learning and teaching methods are utilised in this module, including:

      • lectures
      • group work
      • self-directed study
      • personal and group tutorials
      • role shadowing and observed practice

      Further learning materials and activities are available through our online learning tool, Moodle.

      Assessment strategy

      You are assessed in your ability to perform safe and evidence-based diabetes management. Your portfolio must include:

      • practice supervision agreement, interim report, and final report
      • competency assessment, pharmacological management of diabetes - optimising control
      • a record of where you have identified eight patients who do not meet current NICE recommended cardiovascular risk standards (glycaemic control, lipids or blood pressure) and have made recommendations for a change to improve control (100 per cent weighting)

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for this module if you:

      • are a practising professional
      • are familiar with, and able to undertake, self-directed study
      • bring to the course a wealth of practical experience in diabetes management; and
      • are working in an area of healthcare (for at least 15 hours per week) where management of diabetes is being provided for people under your care

      You are required to have a person act as your practice supervisor. They must be suitably qualified and experienced in diabetes practice and the mentorship/supervision of colleagues. Although not exhaustive the list below would provide sufficient indication of a person’s suitability for this role.

      1. Currently works in a field of practice that specialises in diabetes, e.g. GP specialist in diabetes, nurse consultant in diabetes, diabetes nurse specialist (who has undergone further training in diabetes practice), Novo/Sanofi diabetes nurse facilitators
      2. Holds a mentorship/clinical supervision/clinical educators or teaching qualification

      Please discuss the above with the module leader if you are unsure that you can meet the above pre-requisites for this course.

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    • Pharmacological management of diabetes – initiating and optimising control

      Module code: HS642
      Module credits: 15
      Module level: six or seven
      Module contact: telephone 01206 873375, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: Colchester
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      This module is an innovative multi-professional qualification which has been jointly developed by North East Essex Diabetes Specialist Team and the University of Essex. The subjects are specifically aimed to meet the learning needs of those providing clinical services to patients with diabetes in Primary Care, the community and in the hospital setting. The module is suitable for general practitioners, practice nurses, community nurses, ward nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals.

      Learning outcomes

      The module will provide a range of learning opportunities, offering a mixture of taught sessions, shadow sessions within the specialist clinical areas and self-directed learning. This will include teaching and assessment of health promotion in relation to management of established insulin and GLP-1 therapies in diabetes management and insulin and GLP-1 therapy initiation. Practitioners will build on current skills and knowledge to improve confidence to enable them to deliver safe, effective healthcare.

      Level six

      • Interpret data from clinical investigations to monitor glycaemic control, predict risk and plan appropriate interventions, (including oral medications, insulin and GLP1 initiation)
      • Develop person-centred, evidence-based, diabetes management plans to optimise glycaemic control that include the initiation of insulin or GLP1 medication
      • Engage effective communication and motivational techniques to agree goals and enhance glycaemic control
      • Advise, initiate, and titrate insulin and GLP-1 medications through application of national and local policy, recommendations and current research to improve glycaemic control

      Level seven

      • Critically evaluate clinical investigations and the data they produce to monitor glycaemic control, in order to predict risk and plan appropriate interventions, (including insulin and GLP1 initiation)
      • Critically evaluate and synthesise available and contemporary evidence in order to develop diabetes management plans that include the initiation of insulin or GLP1 medication, ensuring they are person-centred, and that they optimise glycaemic control
      • Analyse and engage in effective communication and motivational techniques to agree goals and enhance glycaemic control in complex cases
      • Advise, initiate, and titrate insulin and GLP-1 medications through critical evaluation and application of national and local policy, recommendations and current research to improve glycaemic control

      Module outline

      A range of learning and teaching methods are utilised in this module, including:

      • lectures;
      • group work;
      • self-directed study;
      • personal and group tutorials; and
      • role shadowing and observed practice

      Further learning materials and activities are available through our online learning tool, Moodle.

      Assessment strategy

      You are assessed in your ability to perform safe and evidence-based diabetes management. Your portfolio must include:

      • practice supervision agreement, interim report, and final report
      • competency assessment - pharmacological management of diabetes - initiating therapy and optimising control
      • initiation competency - a record where you have identified eight patients requiring change or alteration of glycaemic control medication of which four must be insulin initiation, two GLP-1 medication and two oral medications

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for this module if you:

      • are a practising professional
      • are familiar with, and able to undertake, self-directed study
      • bring to the course a wealth of practical experience in diabetes management; and
      • are working in an area of healthcare (for at least 15 hours per week) where management of diabetes is being provided for people under your care

      You are required to have a person act as your practice supervisor. They must be suitably qualified and experienced in diabetes practice and the mentorship/supervision of colleagues. Although not exhaustive the list below would provide sufficient indication of a person’s suitability for this role.

      1. Currently works in a field of practice that specialises in diabetes, e.g. GP specialist in diabetes, nurse consultant in diabetes, diabetes nurse specialist (who has undergone further training in diabetes practice), Novo/Sanofi diabetes nurse facilitators
      2. Holds a mentorship/clinical supervision/clinical educators or teaching qualification

      Please discuss the above with the module leader if you are unsure that you can meet the above pre-requisites for this course.

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    • Advanced management of diabetes

      Module code: HS643
      Module credits: 15
      Module level: six or seven
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: Colchester
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      This module is an innovative multi-professional qualification which has been jointly developed by North East Essex Diabetes Specialist Team and the University of Essex. The subjects are specifically aimed to meet the learning needs of those providing clinical services to patients with diabetes in primary care, the community and in the hospital setting. The module is suitable for general practitioners, practice nurses, community nurses, ward nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals.

      The course will provide a range of learning opportunities, offering a mixture of taught sessions, shadow sessions within the specialist clinical areas and self-directed learning. Practitioners will build on current skills and knowledge to improve confidence to enable them to deliver safe, effective healthcare.

      HS643 advanced management of diabetes is offered at level six or level seven for 15 credits. Both of the pharmacological management modules are worth an additional 15 credits and can be taken at level six or seven.

      The level and co-requisite module chosen will depend upon your previous academic experience, current role and expectations within your workplace. Please discuss this with the module lead before applying to determine which level and module combination would be most appropriate for you.

      Module outline

      You are normally required to complete this module over a three-term (nine month) period. Taught sessions will take place over a period of six months, totalling on average ten full days. Teaching from clinical experts in the field allows you to explore the evidenced-based practice and salient issues in relation to diabetes management.

      Learning and skills development activities are issued to help you achieve the module learning outcomes and national benchmark standards for diabetes management practice. Two further days of observed practice are provided in the final three months of the programme as you prepare for and complete the assessment requirements for this module.

      Learning outcomes

      This module will enable you to meet the following learning outcomes:

      Level six

      • Recognise and appropriately use diagnostic criteria
      • Demonstrate understanding of national and local demographics of diabetes
      • Apply the principles of self-care and goal setting for a patient with diabetes-related complications using structured education and behaviour change methods
      • Demonstrate an ability to critically appraise the evidence base to make sound judgements regarding treatment and patient management options
      • Confidently and competently support, and effectively treat patients with diabetes utilising, where appropriate, local and specialist services with timely referrals
      • Utilise networks to share knowledge and peer support

      Level seven

      • Evaluate and appropriately use diagnostic criteria
      • Demonstrate advanced understanding of national and local demographics of diabetes
      • Apply the principles of self-care and goal setting for a complex patient with diabetes-related complications using structured education and behaviour change methods
      • Demonstrate an ability to synthesise and evaluate the evidence base to make sound judgements regarding treatment and patient management options
      • Confidently and competently support, and effectively treat complex patients with diabetes utilising, where appropriate, local and specialist services with timely referrals
      • Make a significant contribution to (and establish where necessary) networks to share knowledge and peer support

      Assessment strategy

      Achievement of the learning outcomes for this module are assessed by a portfolio. You are assessed in your ability to perform safe and evidence-based diabetes management through written work and observed practice.

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for this module if you:

      • are a practising professional
      • are familiar with, and able to undertake, self-directed study
      • bring to the course a wealth of practical experience in diabetes management; and
      • are working in an area of healthcare (for at least 15 hours per week) where management of diabetes is being provided for people under your care

      Opportunities to observe and participate in diabetic management practice should be identified prior to commencing the module to ensure the practice assessments are able to be achieved. A trained diabetes practitioner, with relevant training and experience who is willing to act as your practice supervisor must be identified prior to commencing the module. Completion of the practice supervision agreement form is required before entry onto the module is permitted.

      You are required to have a person act as your practice supervisor. They must be suitably qualified and experienced in diabetes practice and the mentorship/supervision of colleagues. Although not exhaustive the list below would provide sufficient indication of a person’s suitability for this role.

      1. Currently works in a field of practice that specialises in diabetes, e.g. GP specialist in diabetes, nurse consultant in diabetes, diabetes nurse specialist (who has undergone further training in diabetes practice), Novo/Sanofi diabetes nurse facilitators
      2. Holds a mentorship/clinical supervision/clinical educators or teaching qualification

      Please discuss the above with the module leader if you are unsure that you can meet the above pre-requisites for this course.

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    • Health promotion

      Module code: HS922
      Module credits: 15
      Module level: six or seven
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: University of Essex, Colchester Campus
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      This module critically examines contemporary models and strategies for enhancing the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of health promotion. It combines theory and evidence to develop transferrable skills that support a range of approaches to improving conditions for health.

      Learning outcomes

      At the end of the module you are expected to be able to:

      • demonstrate an advanced understanding of the determinants of health and the factors that influence health related behaviours
      • critically examine the suitability of theoretical approaches to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of effective health promotion programme

      Module outline

      The module uses lectures and case studies to support the development of advanced and applied understanding of health promotion. Independent study develops an evidence based advocacy project, and individual or small group tutorials may be scheduled to support the development of formative tasks. Further resources and guidance are available through Moodle. The module covers the following themes:

      • principles of health promotion
      • models and frameworks for promoting health
      • strategies and levels of action for putting health promotion into practice

      Assessment strategy

      100 per cent coursework mark, 3000-word position statement.

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for this module, provided you have:

      • arranged for a suitable funding source
      • current practice within a health or social care setting

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.

      Recommended reading prior to starting the module

      • Ewles, L., and Simnett, I. (2003). Promoting Health: A Practical Guide. 5th Edition. Toronto: Elsevier/ Bailliere Tindall
      • Naidoo, J. and Wills, J. (2000). Health promotion: foundations for practice 2/e Bailliere Tindall
      • Wills, J. (2007). Promoting health. Blackwell

    • Consultation and assessment skills

      Module code: HS955
      Module credits: 30
      Module level: six or seven
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: University of Essex, Colchester and Southend campuses
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      Health care practitioners are increasingly working outside their traditional boundaries of practice. There is recognition that effective health practitioners are skilled clinicians who enhance the patient experience by bridging gaps in service provision. The quality and safety of patient care is dependent on clinical staff being adequately prepared for that role. This programme has been designed for experienced nurses and allied health professionals working in clinical settings.

      Learning outcomes

      At the end of the module you are expected to be able to:

      • take a clear and concise medical and psychosocial history from patients
      • perform appropriate physical examination:
        • chest/respiratory
        • heart/circulatory
        • abdominal
        • neurological
      • recognise abnormal physical features and diagnostic test results
      • be able to interpret clinical and psychosocial data and recognise the ill patient
      • be able to suggest appropriate investigations and treatments
      • take appropriate action

      Module outline

      Eight structured study sessions conducted at weekly intervals. These sessions will use a systems-based approach to provide you with the clinical skills and underpinning theoretical evidence to undertake clinical consultation and assessment. They are designed to expose you to the systematic approach to physical assessment adopted by doctors.

      In this way, it is hoped that you will be able to recognise the early onset of acute illness and will be able to furnish the doctor with objective clinical data. The underpinning philosophy of this module, therefore, is that patient safety will be enhanced, and that members of the multi-disciplinary team will work more cohesively towards achieving the ultimate objective, i.e. the best interests of the patient.

      In addition to this, you are encouraged to arrange informal sessions with a medical mentor within your own clinical area. The mentor should also conduct formative practical assessments towards the end of the module, which will identify knowledge and skills gaps so that you can confidently approach the summative assessment. There is a one-session summative practical assessment.

      Assessment strategy

      The level six module is assessed by:

      • an objective structured clinical examination (marked as pass/fail)
      • practice-based reflective portfolio of at least 4000 words

      The level seven module will be assessed by:

      • an objective structured clinical examination (marked as pass/fail)
      • practice-based assessment reflective portfolio of at least 4000 words
      • a written assignment of 2000 words

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for the module, provided you have:

      • arranged for a suitable funding source
      • current practice within a health or social care setting

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.

      Recommended reading prior to starting the module

      • Bates B (2003) Bates’ Pocket Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking U.S.A: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
      • Blackwood R Hatton C Turner R (2003) Lecture Notes on Clinical skills Oxford: Blackwell publishing
      • Douglas G Nicol F Robertson C (eds) (2005) MacLeod’s Clinical Examination Edinburgh: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone
      • Longmore M Wilkinson I Davidson E Foulkes A Ahmad M (2004) Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine Italy : Oxford University Press
      • Rawles Z Griffiths B Alexander T (2010) Physical examination procedures for advanced nurses and independent prescribers: evidence and rationale London : Hodder Arnold

    • Understanding and managing complex conditions

      Module code: HS962
      Module credits: 15
      Module level: seven
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Dates: this module will not be running in 2013-14

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      Aim

      This module enables you to develop knowledge and skills to manage patients with long term and complex conditions. The module is focused on multiple pathologies and their impact on functional capacity and emotional wellbeing. It aims to provide you with the requisite skills and knowledge to make informed care management decisions for patients with multiple pathologies.

      Learning outcomes

      • In-depth understanding of the impact of multiple pathologies on patients functional wellbeing
      • Demonstrate the knowledge of the implications of a range of common investigations associated with complex pathologies
      • Critically appraise treatment and patient management options as disease progresses
      • Demonstrate advanced decision making skills in communicating patient needs to other health professionals and agencies
      • Appreciate and support individual coping mechanisms and act as their advocate

      Module outline

      The module content is entirely self-directed through the use of Moodle (our web-based learning application). The first day of the module is a briefing day for registration, introduction to the module, Moodle instruction and information on accessing library resources and student support.

      On Moodle there are six patient scenarios. These scenarios cover salient topics in understanding and managing complex conditions (for example maintaining lifestyle, accessing health and social support, managing falls, the bio, psycho and social aspects of pain). Each week you are expected to read through a narrative and then answer the questions in the online discussion forum. In order to do so you are expected to research local, national or international evidence to underpin you answers, as well as accessing the information available on Moodle.

      The discussion forum also encourages you to share thoughts, resources and reflections around the scenarios. We ask you to complete weekly peer assessments of the discussion forum contributions to encourage development of your work, inter-professional discussion and sharing of ideas and expertise.

      Assessment strategy

      100 per cent coursework mark

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for this module, provided you have:

      • arranged for a suitable funding source
      • current practice within a health or social care setting

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    • Soft tissue and joint injection therapy

      Module code: HS970
      Module credits: 15
      Module level: seven
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: University of Essex, Southend Campus
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      This module aims to enable you, as an experienced practitioner in the field of musculoskeletal practice (general practitioner, physiotherapist and nurse), to extend your scope of practice to include the use of injection therapy. This module is designed to enable you to use injection therapy as part of your expanded musculoskeletal practice.

      Module tutors

      • Lead tutor: Billy Fashanu, consultant physiotherapist
      • Other tutors include a consultant rheumatologist and other injecting practitioners

      Learning outcomes

      By the end of this module you are expected to be able to:

      • demonstrate advanced knowledge of general musculoskeletal anatomy
      • demonstrate advance soft tissue assessment and diagnostic skills
      • be able to clinically reason and evaluate the need for intervention with injection therapy
      • understand and discuss the contraindications for injections
      • understand and discuss safety techniques involve in injection administration
      • be able to carry out safely injection and aspiration procedures in joints and soft tissues

      Module outline

      This module is supported by a dedicated, regularly updated, student-centred website (using Moodle) offering online assessment (mock and real) news, online case studies, resources, web links, tutor access, online help (24/7), course information and other relevant material.

      You are expected to have an identified mentor in your workplace that is able to support you with the development of the skills required for the soft tissue and joint injection therapy module.

      Assessment strategy

      Summative assessment consists of three components:

      • record of ten musculoskeletal cases injected under supervision. There is no weighting for this component, but it must be passed
      • evidence of reflective practice and clinical reasoning in logbook format (this is intended to reflect your experience and should document key issues that have been considered whilst developing injection therapy skills) – weighting: 60 per cent
      • one case study (the role of injection therapy for one patient) – weighting: 40 per cent

      Module pre-requisites

      • a relevant first degree; or
      • relevant professional experience or qualifications that demonstrates ability to study at M level
      • a minimum of three years post-registration experience
      • current registration with the relevant UK or equivalent professional body: HCPC or equivalent registration, e.g. in case of doctors (GMC) and nurses (NMC)
      • current professional practice within an environment where musculoskeletal injection could be used
      • have an approved supervisor which should include a doctor and/or a qualified injection therapist/practitioner

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    • Focused course in musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging - CASE Accredited

      Module code: HS971 and HS972
      Module credits: 45 (combination of the above modules)
      Module level: seven
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: University of Essex, Southend Campus and online
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      This Focused Course has been accredited by CASE and provides evidence to employers of proven clinical competency with musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging. The potential clinical role of this modality is extensive and varies between professions. As a professional, this course can be tailored to your clinical requirements and match quality assurance strategies.

      To pass the Focused Course, you will need to complete two modules here at Essex: HS971 Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and HS972 Intermediate Musculoskeletal Ultrasound.

      This course is appropriate for experienced clinicians including rheumatologists, physiotherapists and sonographers. Sonographers might not have any MSK experience before the course but will need to have relevant prior knowledge.

      Lead tutors for the module

      The Course Leader is Sue Innes and module material has been contributed by several professionals including:

      • Mark Maybury – extended scope practitioner, physiotherapist and sonographer
      • Professor Dasgupta – consultant rheumatologist

      Please note: You will need access to a suitably qualified supervisor/mentor

      Learning outcomes

      This module is delivered with a mix of face to face contact and e-learning. There are 4 days of teaching at Southend Campus that take place at weekends. There is no additional compulsory attendance at the university except for the practical examination. By the end of this module you are expected to be able to:

      • develop advanced diagnostic skills of the musculoskeletal system using ultrasound. This incorporates utilising available information regarding the type of examination to be performed and competently completing the chosen examination
      • critically evaluate your own technique
      • evaluate ultrasound findings and advise on evidence based future management
      • discuss the benefits and limitations of diagnostic ultrasound within a musculoskeletal examination
      • evaluate the role of musculoskeletal ultrasound within your professional environment
      • discuss the influence of musculoskeletal ultrasound on the patient’s assessment experience

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for the module, provide you have:

      • arranged for a suitable funding source
      • meet the entry requirements specified below

      All entrants must meet the following requirements:

      • a relevant first degree OR a relevant professional experience or qualifications that demonstrates ability to study at level seven
      • a minimum of one years post-registration experience
      • current registration with the relevant UK or equivalent professional body
      • HCPC or equivalent registration, e.g. in case of doctors (GMC)
      • a suitably qualified mentor/supervisor
      • access to a suitable ultrasound machine

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.

      Recommended reading prior to starting the module

      Indicative reading

      • Bianchi S. & Martinoli C. (2007) Ultrasound of the Musculoskeletal System. Springer. Berlin.
      • Bradley M. & O’Donnell P. (2010) Atlas of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Anatomy 2nd Edition. University Press. Cambridge
      • Jacobson J. (2012) Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (2nd Edition). Saunders. Philadelphia
      • Moore R. (2010) Musculoskeletal Ultrasound of the Extremities. Createspace
      • O'Neill J.M.D. (Ed) (2008) Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: Anatomy and Technique. Springer. New York
      • Silvestri E. Muda A., Sconfienza L.M. (2011) Normal Ultrasound Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System: A Practical Guide. Springer. Milan
      • Wakefield R.J. & Maria-Antonietta D'Agostino M.-A. (2010) Essential Applications of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Rheumatology. Saunders. Philadelphia.

    • Introduction to musculoskeletal ultrasound

      Module code: HS971
      Module credits: 15
      Module level: seven
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: University of Essex, Colchester and Southend Campuses and in Chelmsford and Harlow throughout the year
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      This module is recommended for you as an experienced physiotherapist, rheumatologist, specialist nurse, or general practitioner working in the area of musculoskeletal medicine, if you are keen to expand your knowledge and skills in order to manage patients with a range of musculoskeletal conditions beyond your current scope of practice.

      Ideally, you will have access to an ultrasound machine in the workplace but some advice can be provided with regard to short term loans of equipment. This module is available to you if you are working in musculoskeletal practice and are registered with an appropriate professional/regulatory body.

      Lead tutors for the module

      • Mark Maybury – extended scope practitioner, physiotherapist and sonographer
      • Professor Dasgupta – consultant rheumatologist

      Learning outcomes

      This module aims to develop the knowledge and skill required to competently use the application of ultrasound independently in the musculoskeletal field. By the end of this module you are expected to be able to:

      • demonstrate an effective examination of the main peripheral joints using ultrasound
      • critically evaluate the use of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool with musculoskeletal pathologies
      • compare and contrast normal and pathological findings identified through the use of ultrasound
      • evaluate the role of ultrasound within your professional practice

      Module outline

      • Basic introduction to technology and scientific principles of ultrasound
      • Practical workshops exploring scanning techniques and procedures
      • Role of ultrasound in musculoskeletal assessment
      • Differentiation of normal and pathological musculoskeletal tissue
      • Role of ultrasound in rehabilitation as biofeedback tool
      • Professional issues relating to clinical use of application
      • Evidence exploring the role of ultrasound in musculoskeletal diagnosis and possible influence in management outcomes

      Assessment strategy

      100 per cent coursework mark. Which is a reflective portfolio evidencing application of ultrasound to work-based practice, professional issues, clinical reasoning, a scanning logbook and case study. The Reflective portfolio (excluding the scanning log book) is 3000 words.

      Scanning logbook should contain:

      • record of five scans undertaken during the taught sessions
      • record of 20 scans undertaken during the independent study/supervised practice time
      • you do not need a work-based supervisor to assess your scanning but colleague support is valuable when available

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for the module, provide you have:

      • arranged for a suitable funding source
      • meet the entry requirements specified below

      All entrants must meet the following requirements:

      • a relevant first degree OR a relevant professional experience or qualifications that demonstrates ability to study at level seven
      • a minimum of one year post-registration experience
      • current registration with the relevant UK or equivalent professional body
      • HCPC or equivalent registration, e.g. in case of doctors (GMC) and nurses (NMC)
      • access to a suitable ultrasound machine

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.

      Recommended reading prior to starting the module

      Indicative reading

      • Bradley M. and O'Donnell. 2009. Atlas of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Anatomy. 2nd Edition. Cambridge Medicine

      Websites


    • Intermediate musculoskeletal ultrasound

      Module code: HS972
      Module credits: 30
      Module level: seven
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: This module is entirely web based.
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      This module aims to develop your knowledge, practical use and clinical application of musculoskeletal ultrasound. The potential clinical role of this modality is extensive, varying between professionals and work environments.

      The module’s structure ensures you will explore key topics and be introduced to some areas of specialist knowledge. You will then be able to focus your learning on areas of knowledge that reflect your personal clinical speciality and service need. The module is designed to enhance clinical competency and facilitate clinicians’ professional development.

      This module is appropriate if you are a health care practitioner and have had a basic introduction to musculoskeletal ultrasound. Practitioners could include experienced physiotherapists, rheumatologists and general practitioners with a special interest in musculoskeletal medicine.

      Module tutors

      This module is delivered via e-learning and is led by Sue Innes. Module material has been contributed by several professionals including:

      • Mark Maybury - extended scope practitioner, physiotherapist and sonographer
      • Prof. Dasgupta – consultant rheumatologist

      Learning outcomes

      This module enables you to:

      • develop advanced diagnostic skills of the musculoskeletal system using ultrasound. This incorporates utilising available information regarding the type of examination to be performed and competently completing the chosen examination
      • critically evaluate your own technique
      • evaluate ultrasound findings and advise on evidence-based future management
      • discuss the benefits and limitations of diagnostic ultrasound within a musculoskeletal examination
      • evaluate the role of musculoskeletal ultrasound within your professional environment
      • discuss the influence of musculoskeletal ultrasound on the patient’s assessment experience

      Module outline

      This module’s delivery reflects the practical but varied nature of musculoskeletal ultrasound. A significant proportion of the learning will take place in your workplace so the clinical application of ultrasound can be explored. Learning in the workplace ensures the reality of clinical scenarios and professional responsibilities are considered alongside the technical issues of ultrasonography.

      Technical, professional and academic topics will also be explored using e-learning facilities. You will have access to a module-specific University website throughout. Lectures, coursework material and video recordings of scanning procedures and images will direct your learning.

      This style of learning ensures you have the flexibility to engage with the material at a convenient time and place. You will benefit from the flexibility of choosing the order you engage with some of the materials, hopefully matching academic material to clinical cases at any given time.

      Assessment strategy

      100 per cent coursework mark:

      • practical examination (40 per cent)
      • log-book (35 per cent)
      • case study (25 per cent)

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for the module, provided you have:

      • a relevant first degree OR a relevant professional experience or qualifications that demonstrates ability to study at level seven
      • a minimum of one year post-registration experience
      • current registration with the relevant UK or equivalent professional body
      • HCPC or equivalent registration, e.g. in case of doctors (GMC) and nurses (NMC)
      • access to a suitable ultrasound machine
      • some ultrasound experience (a short introductory course is sufficient)

      Please note that you will also need to identify a suitable mentor who will be able to support your practical learning. Access to an independent mentor can be arranged (an additional fee would be payable).

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.

      Recommended reading prior to starting the module

      • Bianchi S. and Martinoli C. (2007) Ultrasound of the Musculoskeletal System. Springer. Berlin
      • Bradley M. and O’Donnell P. (2010) Atlas of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Anatomy 2nd Edition. Cambridge University Press
      • Jacobson J. (2012) Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (2nd Edition). Saunders. Philadelphia
      • Moore R. (2010) Musculoskeletal Ultrasound of the Extremities. Createspace
      • O'Neill J.M.D. (Ed) (2008) Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: Anatomy and Technique. Springer. New York
      • Silvestri E. Muda A., Sconfienza L.M. (2011) Normal Ultrasound Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System: A Practical Guide. Springer. Milan
      • Wakefield R.J. and Maria-Antonietta D'Agostino M.-A. (2010) Essential Applications of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Rheumatology. Saunders. Philadelphia

    • Advanced musculoskeletal assessment and practice

      Module code: HS973
      Module credits: 15
      Module level: seven
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: University of Essex, Southend campus. The module is delivered over three full day sessions. You are expected to attend all study days and are also required to attend a practical exam/viva.
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      This module is recommended for you, if you are an experienced physiotherapist, nurse, or general practitioner working in the area of musculoskeletal medicine and are keen to expand your knowledge and skills in order to manage patients with a range of musculoskeletal conditions beyond your normal scope of practice.

      It is designed to enable you to undertake an advanced assessment including the use of additional diagnostic tools such as radiographic imaging and laboratory investigations as part of your expanded musculoskeletal practice.

      Module tutors

      A variety of tutors contribute to this module including radiologists, consultant neurophysiologist, consultant rheumatologists and other specialists in their fields.

      Learning outcomes

      By the end of this module you would be expected to be able to:

      • demonstrate a skilled examination of the musculoskeletal system
      • critically evaluate the use of additional diagnostic tools within the assessment of patients with musculoskeletal pathologies
      • critically evaluate and use the available evidence base in relation to decision making within musculoskeletal assessment

      Module outline

      • Clinical assessment of musculoskeletal conditions – integration of information from a variety of sources
      • Use of laboratory and radiological investigations
      • Common and important uncommon musculoskeletal conditions

      Assessment strategy

      The assessment has been designed to allow you to explore areas of personal interest or clinical expertise:

      • 20-minute subjective presentation (40 per cent). You present a patient you have assessed. This case study is a vehicle to evidence a critical understanding of one component of the subjective examination
      • portfolio of evidence (60 per cent). This portfolio should total approximately 2000 words and be made up of a number of contributions. The portfolio should contain a compulsory case study (1500 words), a critical evaluation of the role of one component of the objective examination; as well as other components made available during the course

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for the module, provided you have:

      • a relevant first degree; or
      • relevant professional experience or qualifications that demonstrates ability to study at level seven
      • a minimum of three years post-registration experience
      • current registration with the relevant UK or equivalent professional body: HCPC or equivalent registration, e.g. in case of doctors (GMC) and nurses (NMC)

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    • Ultrasound guided musculoskeletal injections

      Module code: HS974
      Module credits: 15
      Module level: seven
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: University of Essex, Southend campus. The module is delivered over one weekend. You are expected to attend both study days and are also required to submit your portfolio as directed.
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      This module would be appropriate for you as a health care practitioner who has had a basic introduction to musculoskeletal ultrasound. By "practitioner" you could be an experienced physiotherapist, rheumatologist or general practitioner with a special interest in musculoskeletal medicine, for example.

      This module aims to develop your knowledge, practical use and clinical application of ultrasound guided musculoskeletal injections. The potential clinical role of ultrasound guided musculoskeletal injections is evident as clinicians want to guarantee the site of injection and provide evidence of needle placement. The clinical application may vary between professionals but many experienced musculoskeletal professionals seek training in this practical skill.

      Module tutors

      This module is delivered over one weekend and is led by Sue Innes. Module material has been contributed by several professionals including:

      • Mark Maybury - extended scope practitioner, physiotherapist and sonographer
      • Gordon Lumsdon - extended scope practitioner, physiotherapist and sonographer
      • Dr S Perera - Consultant Radiologist, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

      Learning and teaching methods

      Overview

      This module's delivery reflects the practical but varied nature of musculoskeletal ultrasound guided interventions. A significant proportion of the learning will take place in your work place so the clinical application of ultrasound guided injections can be explored. Learning in the work place ensures the reality of clinical scenarios and professional responsibilities are considered alongside technical issues.

      Lectures

      Lectures will present theoretical and professional issues and will include:

      • Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal Injections - what is their role?
      • Technical considerations: Knobology, image optimisation and needle visualisation
      • Scope of practice and competency to carry out ultrasound (US) guided injections. Medico-legal and Health & Safety issues.

      Independent

      You will need to practice your scanning techniques independently and will need support in the work place to complete the module assessment.

      Placement

      There is no formal placement requirement but you will need to complete musculoskeletal interventions in the work place as part of your assessment. Whilst this is not formally supervised, all clinical interventions should initially be performed under supervision. Work place supervisors do not need to complete any documentation as the module's assessment process provides evidence of the intervention and learning process.

      Online

      The module teaching material will be available to all registered students via the universities intranet learning platform, Moodle.

      Tutorials

      There are no timetabled tutorials, you are encouraged to e-mail the module leader for learning support if required.

      Skills

      There will be an emphasis in practical skill teaching, sessions will include principles of ultrasound guided injections so you are introduced to the skill of needle visualisation before moving onto regionally specific and pathology specific training.

      Learning outcomes

      By the end of this module you would be expected to be able to:

      • integrate musculoskeletal ultrasound skills with injection therapy in the work place
      • understand the theoretical and scientific principles that underpin the integration of these modalities
      • evaluate the current evidence base regarding the efficacy of ultrasound guided injection therapy
      • evaluate the role of ultrasound guided injections within their professional environment

      Module outline

      • Theoretical considerations relevant to musculoskeletal ultrasound guided interventions
      • Clinical governance and quality assurance issues
      • Practical scanning and injection protocol teaching and supervised practice
      • Evidence based application of ultrasound guided intervention to musculoskeletal presentations

      The module material will include theoretical considerations of ultrasound guided musculoskeletal interventions and discussions regarding their role in clinical practice. Professional issues will be discussed including the impact of these interventions on patient focused care and potential future developments. The practical elements will be taught with the assistance of phantoms to simulate clinical practice with time for supervised practice.

      Assessment strategy

      A case study discussing the theoretical and professional issues that underpin the application of ultrasound guided musculoskeletal injections (limit 2000 words - 50% weighting).

      Log-book that presents 5 ultrasound guided injections in the work place. This is a standard reporting form to document the details of the intervention, patient’s signs and symptoms, anatomical area, US scanning features indicative of pathology, injection medication dose and needle placement. A brief reflection on the procedure including challenges and unexpected considerations will be expected. Each intervention must be accompanied by annotated images of the area scanned and an additional image demonstrating needle placement. Deadline for submission: 12 noon Thursday 8th January 2015 (50% weighting)

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for the module, provided you:

      • have some prior experience of ultrasonography – an introductory course musculoskeletal course is sufficient but you must be using or be able to use musculoskeletal ultrasound in the work place to complete the module assessment.
      • have prior experience of soft tissue and joint injection therapy.
      • are employed in a professional environment that enables you to complete the work based practice elements

      PLUS, you have:

      • a relevant first degree; or
      • relevant professional experience or qualifications that demonstrates ability to study at level seven
      • a minimum of one year post-registration experience
      • current registration with the relevant UK or equivalent professional body: HCPC or equivalent registration, e.g. in case of doctors (GMC) and nurses (NMC)

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Guided Injections

      Module code: HS966
      Module credits: 30
      Module level: seven
      Module contact: telephone 01206 873375, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: University of Essex, Southend campus.
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      This module aims to develop students’ knowledge, practical use and clinical application of ultrasound guided musculoskeletal injections. The clinical role of ultrasound guided musculoskeletal injections relates to the evidence base supporting its role in the management of many musculoskeletal presentations and the increasing requirement for clinicians to guarantee the site of injection, thereby providing evidence of needle placement. Clinicians need to have a strong understanding of the theoretical issues underpinning injection therapy including legalities and professional responsibilities. There is a strong emphasis on clinical reasoning in this module ensuring clinicians are able to justify the guided injection intervention’s inclusion in patients’ management pathway.

      Learning and teaching methods

      Overview

      This module’s delivery reflects the practical but varied nature of musculoskeletal ultrasound guided interventions. Face-to-face teaching will assist the students with the related scientific principles. Tutors will guide the students through the practical processes from preparation of injection equipment through to performing the guided intervention. Students will be expected to engage in class room discussions exploring professional elements including timing of the intervention in the patient’s management pathway, the overall patient experience and evaluation of practice. A significant proportion of the learning will take place in the student’s work place so the clinical application of ultrasound guided injections can be explored. Learning in the work place ensures the reality of clinical scenarios and professional responsibilities are considered alongside technical issues.

      Lectures

      Lectures will present theoretical and professional issues and will include:

      • Corticosteroids and local anaesthetics – actions, dosage, risks and contraindications.
      • Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal Injections– what is their role?
      • Technical considerations: image optimisation and needle visualisation
      • Scope of practice and competency to carry out ultrasound (US) guided injections. Medico-legal and Health & Safety issues.

      Independent

      Students will need to practice their scanning techniques independently and will need support in the work place to complete the module assessment.

      Placement

      There is no formal placement requirement but students will need to complete musculoskeletal interventions in the work place as part of their assessment. One or more work place mentors will need to be identified to enable the clinical interventions to be performed. Mentors will be guided by Clinical Skills Learning Documentation and will be provided with contact details of the module leader who can be contacted if queries arise. All clinical interventions should initially be performed under supervision, this will facilitate the learning and enable the student to develop competency. Work place supervisors need to complete documentation to provide evidence of the student’s learning.

      Online

      The module teaching material will be available to all registered students via the university’s intranet learning platform, Moodle. This virtual learning environment will also be used as depository to a library of films. These edited films will present protocols for performing ultrasound guided shoulder injections, they will also be matched to the scanning images that will portray needle placement. This technology brings the class room to the work place so students can learn in their work environment using their own ultrasound systems whilst being assisted by a ‘virtual sonographer’. This technology has been used successfully in other modules and has received positive feedback from students who appreciate the ability to match their own practice with that of an expert.

      Tutorials

      There are no timetabled tutorials, students are encouraged to e-mail the module leader for learning support if required.

      Skills

      Initially, students will be introduced to the theoretical considerations that underpin injection therapy and ultrasound guided interventions. There will be an emphasis on practical skill teaching, sessions will include principles of ultrasound guided injections so students are introduced to the skill of needle visualisation before moving onto regionally specific and pathology specific training.

      Learning outcomes

      On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

      • Integrate musculoskeletal ultrasound skills with injection therapy in the work place.
      • Understand the theoretical and scientific principles that underpin the integration of these modalities.
      • Critically evaluate and synthesise the current evidence base regarding the efficacy of ultrasound guided injection therapy.
      • Evaluate the role of ultrasound guided injections within their professional environment.

      Module outline

      A summary of the components is below, detailed instructions will be provided to the students and supported by Moodle. Please see Undergraduate/Postgraduate Handbook for further general information on guidance, support and rules of assessment.

      Assessment strategy

      Case Study: (Learning outcomes 2, 3 and 4.) Assessment weighting: 50% Word limit: 3000 words. Case study discussing the theoretical and professional issues that underpin the application of ultrasound guided musculoskeletal injections.

      Log – book , (learning outcome 1) Assessment weighting: 50% Log-book that presents 15 ultrasound guided musculoskeletal injections in the work place. A standard reporting form will be used – this has been included below. This will document the details of the intervention, patient’s signs and symptoms, anatomical area, US scanning features indicative of pathology, injection medication dose and needle placement. A brief reflection on the procedure including challenges and unexpected considerations will be expected. Each intervention must be accompanied by annotated images of the area scanned and an additional image demonstrating needle placement. One of the logbook submissions will form the basis for an extended patient report (word limit 400 words). This extended patient report, (submitted as part of the log book) will present a specific work place practice quality assurance system that the student has engaged with e.g. local prescribing policies, pathway development for specific presentations and systems to evaluate practice.

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for the module, provided you have formal training in ultrasonography, this will have included musculoskeletal elements. Students must be employed in a professional environment that enables them to complete the work based practice elements.

      You will also need to have:

      • A relevant first degree OR a relevant professional experience or qualifications that demonstrates ability to study at Level 7
      • A minimum of 1 year post-registration experience and relevant musculoskeletal experience.
      • Current Registration with the relevant UK or equivalent professional body.
      • HCPC or equivalent registration e.g. in case of doctors (GMC) and Nurses (NMC), non-radiographer sonographers must evidence their qualification.
      • Access to support in the work place to enable completion of assessment: including a mentor, legally prescribed medication and suitable ultrasound equipment.

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    • Understanding and Managing Complex Musculoskeletal Conditions

      Module code: HS969
      Module credits: 15
      Module level: seven
      Module contact: telephone 01206 873375, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: University of Essex, Colchester campus.
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      This module aims to explore the value and relationship between each component of a patient assessment and how appropriate timing and choices are made regarding assessment tools and treatment pathways utilised. The module is designed to enhance clinical competency and facilitate clinicians’ professional development.

      Learning and teaching methods

      Overview

      The module consists of five on-line teaching sessions with tasks throughout to demonstrate self-directed learning. The module leader will be available to answer queries via e-mail.

      Independent

      Students are expected to complete study independently.

      Placement

      Students will be registered with their appropriate professional body. They will be practicing clinicians within the field of musculoskeletal medicine.

      Learning outcomes

      On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

      • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of musculoskeletal pathologies.
      • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of musculoskeletal assessment and diagnostic skills in the management of complex musculoskeletal conditions.
      • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning skills to evaluate choice of assessment/diagnostic investigations and treatment choices.
      • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and application of the biopsychosocial approach to assessing and managing patients with complex musculoskeletal conditions.
      • Understand the requirement for application of evidence based practice, reflective practice and CPD.
      • Demonstrate advanced understanding of the role of the multidisciplinary team in managing this group of patients.
      • Demonstrate understanding of professional limitations and appropriate referral pathways.

      Module outline

      The module consists of five online tuition sessions prepared and facilitated by the module lead. The module content is entirely self-directed using Moodle.

      Assessment strategy

      Details of the assessment components and learning outcomes will be published on Moodle separately. A summary is provided below, there are two elements.

      • A reflective account which evaluates the tasks completed throughout the module (1000 words), weighting: 50%.
      • One case study (2000 words), weighting: 50%.

      Students are permitted to submit a maximum 500 word draft of part of their case study for formative feedback. This must be submitted using FASER. Please refer to the post graduate handbook for more information on the requirements for seeking feedback. A formative feedback form must be completed and submitted with the draft.

      Submission via FASER. Feedback on all coursework will be available to students within four weeks of submission. Each assessment must be passed to a minimum of 50%. The final mark will be a combined mark of all the assessment components. A fail in any part will result in a fail overall. A failed component will need to be resubmitted and the mark will be capped at 50%. All components must be passed to obtain and overall pass for the module.

      Module pre-requisites

      • A relevant first degree OR a relevant professional experience or qualifications that demonstrates ability to study at Level 7.
      • A minimum of 1 year post-registration experience.
      • Current Registration with the relevant UK or equivalent professional body.
      • HCPC(UK), AHPRA or ASA(Australia) or equivalent registration e.g. in case of uk doctors (GMC) and Nurses (NMC).

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    • Respiratory care

      Module code: HS975
      Module credits: 30
      Module level: six or seven
      Module contact: Telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: University of Essex, Southend campus
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      Are you a registered nurse, physiotherapist or assistant practitioner? Do you care for people with asthma and COPD? Would you like to improve your knowledge and improve their care?

      This module aims to enable practitioners to adopt an evidence-based approach to the management of people with respiratory disorders. It is taught over 12 days (attendance required at all sessions) and learners are provided with the opportunity to attend a pulmonary rehabilitation session.

      Learning outcomes

      At the end of the module you are expected to be able to:

      • demonstrate critical awareness of the social, economic and environmental factors that impact upon respiratory function and the provision of care for this group of patients
      • identify the biological, psychological and social changes associated with respiratory disease
      • undertake comprehensive assessment of people with respiratory symptoms, plan and manage holistic patient care
      • monitor and interpret data from respiratory investigations, plan and manage holistic patient care within a multi-disciplinary team
      • explain the principles of pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment for respiratory disease
      • demonstrate effective communication to patients

      Certified skills gained, include:

      • smoking cessation, level 1
      • spirometry training

      Assessment strategy

      The module is assessed by portfolio and OSCE and is offered as a 30-credit level six or seven module. The module can be used as part of the BSc/MSc Health Care Practice pathways.

      Module pre-requisites

      You can apply for the module, provided you have:

      • arranged for a suitable funding source from your education liaison manager
      • current practice within a health or social care setting
      • a recognised health/social care qualification
      • been a registered practitioner for at least one year (if this is a requirement of your professional statutory body)
      • are supported by your practice to attend

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    • Managing care at the end of life

      Module code: HS977
      Module credits: 30
      Module level: six or seven
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: University of Essex, Colchester Campus
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      The purpose of the module is to enhance the knowledge and skills surrounding the effective delivery of End of Life Care (EoLC). Applying the framework of the Department of Health’s End of Life Care Strategy and the Common Core Principles and Competences, you will be encouraged to reflect on best practice and explore creative approaches to caring for, and supporting, people approaching the end of their life, and to be aware and responsive to the needs of their families and carers.

      Learning outcomes

      When you have successfully completed this module you will be able to:

      • understand the philosophical and organisational development of EoLC, through the contribution of different disciplines, organisations and agencies and how effective collaborative working enhances EoLC
      • demonstrate an understanding of the significance of communication skills for initiating, maintaining and concluding therapeutic relationships with patients and their families and for maximising effective team working
      • describe the process of person centred assessment in the context of EoLC and how this informs care
      • discuss the importance of accurate, ongoing evaluation in symptom management to ensure effective symptom relief, comfort and well being
      • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of advance care planning and the associated legal and ethical issues

      Module outline

      • Person centred care at the end of life
      • Effective communication skills
      • Assessment and care planning
      • Integrated approaches to symptom management
      • Advance care planning
      • Grief, loss and bereavement

      Teaching and learning strategies

      • Workshops
      • Presentations from guest speakers
      • Short lectures
      • Interactive group work
      • Personal reflection on practice
      • Self-directed learning

      Individual and group tutorials can also be arranged which, alongside the taught sessions, will help participants identify specific learning needs. Self directed activities will be supported by web based and library resources, e-learning resources and tutorials.

      Individuals or health care organisations are able to access one or more of the individual workshops, rather than attend the whole series and complete the assessment task. For further details of this opportunity please contact us at cpd@essex.ac.uk.

      Assessment strategy

      Offered at Level 6 or 7, this 30 credit module will be taught in three, one day, workshops separated by six weeks. Participants are assessed through course work and are required to demonstrate achievement of their learning plan, the module learning outcomes, critical appraisal and evaluative skills.

      Funding

      In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    • Care of the patient undergoing chemotherapy

      Module code: HS978
      Module credits: 30
      Module level: six or seven
      Module contact: telephone 01206 872854, email cpd@essex.ac.uk
      Location: University of Essex, Colchester and Southend Campuses and in Chelmsford and Harlow throughout the year
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Aim

      This module enables you to develop knowledge and skills to care for a person undergoing chemotherapy. It has been developed in collaboration with the Essex Cancer Network. The aim is to provide students with the requisite skills and knowledge to make informed care management decisions for patients undergoing chemotherapy.

      By drawing from national guidance from the UK Oncology Nurses Forum this module aims to enable staff working in cancer care to provide evidence-based best practice in the management and delivery of chemotherapy.

      Learning outcomes

      This module enables you to meet the following learning outcomes.

      Level six

      • Detailed understanding of the physical, emotional and social impact of chemotherapy on the person and their carers
      • An ability to critically appraise the evidence base for treatment and patient management options
      • Demonstration of decision making skills in communicating patient needs to other health professionals and agencies

      Level seven

      • Advanced understanding of the physical, emotional and social impact of chemotherapy on the person and their carers
      • An ability to synthesise and evaluate the evidence base for treatment and patient management options
      • Demonstration of advanced decision making skills in communicating complex patient needs to other health professionals and agencies

      Module outline

      The module will consist of three workshop days where teaching from clinical experts in the field will allow you to explore the evidence-based practice and salient issues in relation to chemotherapy. Learning and skills development activities are issued to help you achieve the module learning outcomes and national benchmark standards for chemotherapy practice. This is further supported by opportunities to observe and participate in supervised chemotherapy practice in your own workplace.

      Assessment strategy

      Achievement of the learning outcomes for this module is assessed by:

      1. Case study: 2000 words based upon a case encountered in your workplace that is undergoing chemotherapy (50 per cent weighting)
      2. Practice assessment: clinical competency assessment. You are assessed in your ability to perform safe and evidence-based chemotherapy practice. The Essex Cancer Network protocols form the basis for a competency assessment paper. The practice assessment part of the syllabus is conducted in your workplace

      Module pre-requisites

      You may apply for this module, provided:

      • you are working in an area of healthcare where chemotherapy is being provided for people under your care
      • you have worked in this area of practice for at least six months (expected hours of practice within a relevant healthcare environment is 20 hours per week)
      • opportunities to observe and participate in chemotherapy practice are identified prior to commencing the module to ensure the practice assessments are able to be achieved
      • a chemotherapy practitioner, with relevant training and experience (as outlined in the ECN Criteria for Acting as an Assessor of competence), who is willing to act as your practice supervisor is identified prior to commencing the module

      Funding

      A limited number of places are available through Essex Cancer Network Funding. Please express your interest by contacting:

      Carol O'Leary

      Telephone 01245 397630 / 07799 895109

      Fax 01206 874188

      email carol.oleary@nhs.net

      You can also contact your local lead:

      Otherwise, please approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via your employer.

      How to apply

      Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


    • Dental hygienist adaptation module

      Module code: HS745
      Module credits: 30
      Module level: six
      Module contact: telephone 01702 328360, email emnorris@essex.ac.uk
      Location: University of Essex, Southend Campus
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      HS745 Dental hygienist adaptation module(.pdf) is suitable if you are a dental hygienist with an existing qualification from another country who has undertaken the GDC Dental Care Professional assessment of your existing qualification. It will help achieve the GDC required learning outcomes for registration as a Hygienist in the UK. If you are a UK Hygienist returning to practice, the Dental Hygienist Adaptation Module is an ideal refresher course that can offer you required CPD hours for re-registration with the GDC.

      International students

      Have you already trained and qualified as a dental hygienist outside the UK, and undertaken the GDC Dental Care Professions assessment of your existing qualification? This adaptation module will help you achieve the GDC required learning outcomes for registration as a hygienist in the UK.

      Returning UK hygienists

      Are you a UK hygienist returning to practice? This adaptation module is an ideal refresher course that can offer you required CPD hours for re-registration with the GDC.

      How to apply

      Please fill in the HS745 Module application form(.doc). After you have completed the application form and had it signed off by your employer or manager, please forward it to Elizabeth Norris emnorris@essex.ac.uk

    • Dental therapist reskill module

      Module code: HS746
      Module credits: 15
      Module level: six
      Module contact: telephone 01702 328360, email emnorris@essex.ac.uk
      Location: University of Essex, Southend Campus
      Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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      Do you want to revisit your dental therapist clinical skills and competencies? Many dental care professionals already possess a joint dental hygiene and dental therapy qualification, but a large proportion do not practise the skills of a dental therapist in their workplace. With the advent of the new NHS dental contract the skills of a dental therapist are becoming a valuable part of the new skills mix structure for the delivery of oral health care in the UK.

      Our HS746 dental therapist reskill module (.pdf) is taught in our state-of-the-art dental laboratory. It allows you as an existing qualified dental therapist to consolidate your skills to a level of contemporary competence and underpin your knowledge so that it is consistent with that of a practising dental therapist.

      How to apply

      Please fill in the HS746 Module application form (.doc).After you have completed the application form and had it signed off by your employer or manager, please forward it to Elizabeth Norris emnorris@essex.ac.uk


    Please see the module directory for a full list of modules we offer in the School (you will need to search under department/Health and Human Sciences).
    Please note, it may not be possible to take some of these modules as stand alone, they may be part of a degree pathway.

    If you are interested in one of our modules, and need some further information, please contact us at cpd@essex.ac.uk.