CN0609 - Children and Young People’s Health Care Challenges

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What will I learn on this module?

Children and Young People’s (CYP) Health Care Challenges is a module delivered towards the end of your three year programme. It is deliberately placed to allow you to reflect and critically explore some of the complex challenges encountered within practice and prepare you for the future. You will learn to think the unthinkable, be courageous and competent in your decision making and build upon your evidence base. You will learn how to challenge decisions that are not in the best interests of the child, ensuring the highest quality of care is given. You will learn to evaluate CYP nursing in order to ensure that services are delivered efficiently to the highest standard and, where this is not the case, how to question this whilst providing evidence based solutions. Through extensive research, service-user narrative and reflection, you will further develop understanding of the challenges facing CYP and their families who are living with co-morbidity, a progressive illness and with the long-term effects of disease/treatment and disability. You will explore some of the most difficult aspects of CYP nursing but within a safe and supportive environment. Some of the topics you will critically explore will include; safeguarding, advocacy, mental and sexual health. In addition, you will consider nursing within a global context through exploration of health inequalities and multiculturism. Finally, the module aims to ensure that you acquire the communication strategies which support collaborative working and service-user involvement to ensure you practice effectively and preserve safety in every contact within children’s nursing.

How will I learn on this module?

The teaching and learning strategy will include lectures with supporting information and PowerPoint presentations available on the eLearning portal (eLP). Re-useable learning objects and links to relevant publications will be available on the eLP to support self-directed learning before and after lectures. Enquiry-based learning will be used to enable students to identify their specific learning needs and develop their skills in gathering evidence-based information to inform their presentations. Seminars and debate will facilitate discussion on key issues identified in the syllabus, providing opportunities for students to develop presentation, communication, negotiation and team-working skills.

Simulation and role play activities will be utilised to enable students to practice complex skills in a safe environment and to reflect on their learning needs. Service-user narrative experience will be presented using Podcasts. Directed learning is planned throughout the module to enable student engagement. Discussion in the form of debate will be utilised to explore attitudes and the status quo. Video and simulation will be used formatively to further develop communication skills in particularly challenging situations, allowing students to critically explore opportunities within children’s nursing.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported academically by the children’s nursing module team. The module will be designed with lectures delivered in large groups and seminars delivered in 3-4 smaller groups. Peer feedback will support your ongoing development. Students will have access to the full range of student services and support including IT at Northumbria University.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

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

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

Diverse knowledge and skills required to effectively manage care for children and young people with a range of complex needs. (MLO 1)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

Assimilation of the factors which impact on the present and future emotional, physical, mental and sexual health of children and young people (MLO 2)

To critically analyse and evaluate strategies used to develop collaborative working with children, young people and their families. (MLO 3)

To critically reflect on service provision for children and young people requiring ongoing healthcare. (MLO 4)

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

Critically explore the ethical dilemmas created by complexity of illness and the challenges and opportunities that arise in children’s nursing (MLO 5)

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
Formative assessment will explore learning relating to the module themes. Verbal feedback will be given from the module team and peers throughout the module during classroom teaching, seminars and practical sessions. You will also engage in group presentation linked to summative assessment strategy. (This will assess MLO 1-5)

Summative assessment:
The summative assessment for this module will be a 3,000 written essay. You will be provided with a choice of commissioned reviews that document serious child health outcomes. You will be required to choose a specific theme from the review and critically reflect on the relevance of your findings to children’s nursing practice.

• Diverse knowledge and skills required to effectively manage care for children and young people with a range of complex needs. (MLO1,2)
• To critically analyse and evaluate strategies used to develop collaborative working with children, young people and their families (MLO 3, 5)
• To critically reflect on service provision for children and young people requiring ongoing healthcare. (MLO4)

You will receive written feedback following your summative assessment, which will indicate the mark awarded for the module and areas for future development.





Module abstract

CYP nursing does not exist in a vacuum, it is interwoven into a complex world. Health care advances, themselves, create dilemmas for the CYP nurse, ethical and legal parameters in health care are being constantly challenged. At the centre of this is a child or young person who you will be professionally responsible for, this module will challenge your thinking, in order for you to challenge others. You will develop an approach to your practice that ensures that you are curious to find solutions in your constant pursuit for the best possible care you can provide. Your agency within the healthcare system will continue to develop excellence long after the module has been delivered and assessed.

Course info

UCAS Code B701

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time (45 weeks and 4 days per year)

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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