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Management of Acute and Chronic Neurological Conditions - Level 7 - AC0776

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About this course

This course is part of Continuing Workforce Development for NHS practitioners. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the application form and gain authorisation from an appropriate decision maker within the NHS before sending it back to us.

Please note this module offers a variety of intake dates. Submit your application for the default month, which appears on the book now page, and indicate your preferred intake in the personal statement section from the date(s) listed in the orange box on this page. Your programme support team will be in touch to confirm your actual start date in due course. For further queries, please contact us by emailing

This module is aimed at registered nurses and healthcare practitioners who are involved in the management of acute and/or chronic neurological conditions.

You will explore the normal anatomy and physiology of the nervous system before applying this knowledge to the altered pathophysiology of acute and long term neurological conditions. Topics will include traumatic brain injury, brain and spinal tumours, stroke, infections, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease.

You will learn the value and application of comprehensive neurological assessment, investigations and effective management of patients with neurological conditions.

The importance and focus of contextualised inter-professional working and the scope of health care provision for neurological conditions within different health care settings will be integral to the module, including the psychological impact on both patients and their families.

Although this module is not currently taking applications, if you have any queries please email our programme support team at

Learn from the Best

Northumbria is the principal provider of nurse education in the North East of England and was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) for three consecutive years by Student Nursing Times.

We have excellent relationships with partner services in health, social care and social work and our range of CPD provision supports practitioners and managers to engage in professional learning and then examine how this can be integrated in the practice arena.

The module is co-ordinated by a senior lecturer who has  extensive experience in the delivery of specialised neurological care and maintains close links with practice areas in the region.

Teaching and Assessment

In this module you will learn through a combination of interactive lectures, seminars and directed study. The module will be delivered at Northumbria University by lecturers and practitioners with specialist neurological practice experience. As health care professionals you will be expected to actively engage in the learning process, participate in group work and apply what is taught in the university to your practice setting. You will be encouraged to share your own expertise and debate practice issues to enable you to make evidence based recommendations to influence the care provided to patients with neurological conditions.  You will be expected to make active use of the Electronic Learning Portal (eLP) which will give you the flexibility between taught sessions to access module information remotely.

The summative assessment strategy is a case study designed to ensure that you have the knowledge to recognise, and provide appropriate care for patients with a chosen neurological condition. This will be achieved by digital submission of a 3,500 word case study discussing the pathophysiology of the chosen neurological condition, and a critical exploration of the evidence base for its management. Feedback will be given electronically and will include development advice for future academic work.

Learning Environment

This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus East where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of the module.

Research-rich Learning

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

Give Your Career an Edge

Ensure you are up-to-date with the latest developments in research and practice to support the delivery of expert care to neurological patients. This 20 credit module can count towards the MSc in Practice Development.

Course info

Award Type 20 Credit, Level 7

Delivery Method Blend of Lectures, Workshops, Reflective Practice, Seminars & Directed Study

Sector Healthcare Public Health

Study Mode Part-Time, One Day a Week

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start March 2018

Duration 10 Weeks

An NHS Continuing Workforce Development module for registered nurses and healthcare practitioners who are involved in the management of neurological conditions across all health and social care settings.

This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus East where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of the module.

You should be a registered nurse or healthcare practitioner, who is involved in the delivery of care to patients with acute and/or chronic neurological conditions You will need to demonstrate evidence of previous study at level 6.

Content Overview

  • Anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system including structures that support it
  • Neurological assessment and investigations
  • Traumatic brain injury and its management
  • Epilepsy and management of seizures
  • CNS infections
  • Stroke management
  • Brain tumours
  • Motor neurone disease
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Dementia care
  • Neurological rehabilitation and importance of the multi - disciplinary team in neuro

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