DB0408 - Safe Transitions across the Life-span

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will be offered opportunities to learn about the importance of safe transitions for people with a learning disability. This learning spans the whole life time of people with a learning disability as health needs services change. You will assess current service provision against best practice. You will learn about risk and safety and its importance to people with a learning disability from birth to death. You will learn specifically about the physical health needs of people with a learning disability, as well as mental health and Positive Behavioural Support techniques. You will develop an approach that places the person at the centre of their transitional plans.

Topics you will cover include, children with a learning disability, considerations for parents, adolescents with a learning disability, transition from children services to adult services. Transition to independent lives across the continuum, the care journey – community to specialist provision back to community, transition to older person’s care, Positive Behavioural Support Centred Care, Affirmative/ Social model/social constructs of disability, nursing in non-specialist environments and collaborative working in context.

You will explore the experiences of people with a learning disability, their families or carers through meeting with service users and practitioners specialising in learning disability services. You will understand the challenges and experiences of people with a learning disability at times of transition in their lives. This module offers an opportunity to discover and develop your value base, skills for assessment and collaborative working that will be core throughout your career.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, workshops, skill rehearsal, independent and group learning. Some of the module content is delivered via a ‘flipped classroom’ learning approach, which is a mix of e-lectures, seminars and practical’s. ‘Flipped classroom’ means you will have access to online e-learning packages before and after the seminars and practical’s.

The lectures will cover theories and concepts that will enable you to address a series of guided exercises and will be electronic, therefore you can access them as many times as you want. You will work on these theories and concepts during seminars, workshops, group tasks and simulation based education sessions. This will help you to link underpinning theories and concepts to real life situations in learning disability practice and enable you to reflect upon your learning experiences. This module links directly with your practice learning activities.
Your academic enquiry skills will be developed and enhanced through seminar and directed activities, where you will learn how to access evidence based research of learning disability practice and to become involved in your own research activities.

You begin to explore your Professional Personal Development File that you develop throughout the programme to keep a record of what you have learned, evidence for your learning and practice. It provides space to reflect on your learning and development as a nurse.
Coaching principles will be utilised to enable you to learn together and will cover topics that you require to ensure a successful year in academia and practice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You are supported by the module team that consist of people with a learning disability/carers, learning disability nursing academics and practitioners. Support and guidance are given through clear directed learning activities, small group seminars, coaching sessions and simulated activities. All support can be recorded for your benefit and all support will be in line with any Disabled Student Services Report recommendations.
Your personal tutor and the module team will offer further support required and can be contacted via telephone, email, or in person – contact details are available via the elp on the programme and module sites.
The electronic media (e.g. elp/twitter) will support your learning including opportunity for group learning, peer support and discussions with a wider audience on contemporary practice issues.

You benefit from feed-forward feedback; where your assessment becomes part of your learning. Peer, self and tutor assessments enable you to understand what you do well and what you need to develop to become a successful learning disability nurse.
You are assessed using individual and group tasks that includes a presentation and helps you to successfully work towards the summative assessment and the feedback that you receive will also increase your learning and understanding.
You will have access to 24/7 generic IT support. You will also have access to the full range of student administration and support services offered by Northumbria University which includes library and learning support outlined fully in the programme handbook.

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: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Through formative and summative assessments you will demonstrate:
Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Understand and explore fundamental concepts and principles underpinning person centred professional healthcare that is responsive to the physical and psychological health of people with a learning disability.
2. Demonstrate an awareness of the contemporary health and social care public health drivers that effect people with a learning disability during life transitions.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Think independently, understand and justify your own opinions and nursing actions using evidence-based research.

Personal Values Attributes:
4.Demonstrate the consideration of safety, personal dignity, compassionate, person centred and evidence based practice
5. Demonstrate how the learning disability nurse can ensure individuality, independence, rights, choice and inclusion for people with a learning disability across the lifespan.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessments:
Workbook focussed on the importance of assessing both mental and physical health of people with a learning disability (MLO 1 and 2)

Summative assessment:
Your summative assessment will consist of an essay with 2,000-word limit. Here you will have the opportunity to explore and describe a case study demonstrating patient safety that affords equal importance to physical and mental health(MLO 3, 4, 5)
This final assessment will bring together your new knowledge, skills and attributes gained during the module.





Module abstract

As a Learning Disability nurse you will be expected to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers throughout the life span. Through technology enhanced and evidence based learning, assessment, group work and reflection you will discuss and learn about how to support people through these transitions safely. It will enable you to understand how transitions work and are experienced by people with a learning disability and their families. You will learn consider several ways of working collaboratively with your patients and other professionals and services. It will strengthen your practice theory link and enable you to articulate your knowledge and skills. The assessments on this module will provide feed-forward feedback to enable you to improve learning and understanding. The assessments are designed for you to engage with the assessment process and consolidate what you know at this stage.

Course info

UCAS Code B741

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, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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