DB0507 - Applied Life Sciences for Learning Disability Nursing

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you are offered opportunities to learn about supporting people with a learning disability through studying life sciences such as anatomy and physiology and mental and social determinants of health, and to apply this knowledge to offer quality support to people with a learning disability and their families. You will study the following;

• The politics of learning disability
• Positive Behavioural Support
• You will learn specifically about physical systems of the body and how this may effect someone with a learning disability and your practice.
• You will consider the psychological aspects of traumatic life events.
• You will consider the effects of certain syndromes on people with a learning disability and their families.
• Critical appraisal of evidence.

Topics you will cover include:
• Anatomy and physiology
• Mental health and major mental health issues
• Acute changes in health
• Assessment and referrals
• Interviewing people with a learning disability and their families and carers
• Understanding and utilising PBS
• MAKATON and other advanced ways of communicating

You will explore the experiences of people with a learning disability and their families or carers through meeting with service users and practitioners specialising in learning disability. You will understand the experiences of people with a learning disability through the eyes of people with a learning disability and their carers. This module offers an opportunity to discover and develop your value set and your skills of helping people with a learning disability to stay healthy and safe.

How will I learn on this module?

You learn through lectures, workshops, skill rehearsal, directed, independent and group learning.
Some content is delivered via a ‘flipped classroom’ learning approach, (a mix of e-lectures, seminars and practical’s). Lectures cover theories and concepts so you can tackle a series of guided exercises and many are electronic, therefore you can access them as many times as you need.

You have Simulation Based Education sessions utilising the state of the art clinical skills centre. This will help you to link theories and concepts to learning disability practice and reflect upon your learning experiences. This module links directly with your practice learning activities and academic enquiry skills to help you learn how to access the research in learning disability practice.

You benefit from feed-forward feedback, where your assessment becomes part of your learning and enables you to understand what you do well and what you need to develop to become a successful learning disability nurse. You are formatively assessed (you may know this as a mock), to help you successfully work towards your summative assessment, the feedback you receive will also increase your learning and understanding.

You will begin to explore your Personal Professional Development File, which you develop throughout the programme. This is so you can keep a record of what you have learned, gather evidence for your learning and practice. It provides space to reflect on your learning and development as a nurse

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported on this module from the module team that consist of people with a learning disability/carers, learning disability nursing academics and practitioners. Support and guidance will be given through clear directed learning activities, small group seminars, coaching sessions and simulated activities. All support will be in line with any Disabled Student Services Report (DSSR) 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 will have access to 24/7 generic IT support and specific support from the programme team with any specific IT issues related to the e-lecture packages. 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 utilise fundamental concepts and principles underpinning professional, safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led, person centred, nursing
2. Demonstrating fundamental awareness of the contemporary health, social care and public health drivers and nursing skills especially the art of noticing and assessment linked to knowledge of the applied sciences.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Appraisal of the evidence base used for practice with people with a learning disability accurately, reliably, and with structured and coherent arguments. Think independently, understand and justify your own opinions, and recognising the need to challenge your thinking.

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

4. Demonstration of the value base required for effective practice: safety, personal dignity, compassionate, person centred, evidence based practice, promotion of individuality, independence, rights, choice and inclusion for people with a learning disability.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessments:
You will work in groups on specific a behavioural and physical change in health. You will assess and interview simulated patients and assess and formulate appropriate action plans utilising knowledge, skills and best practice associated with this condition (MLO’s 1 and 2).
You will present this work to your peers and practitioners who will offer you clear and effective feedback. It will help you to understand acute and serious conditions and their effects upon the people with a learning disability that you serve and aid your work with people with a learning disability, their families and other professionals (MLO 3 and 4).

Summative assessment:
Your summative assessment is a multiple-choice questionnaire. Here you will have the opportunity to demonstrate specific nursing knowledge emphasising the equal importance for physical and mental health.
This final assessment will bring together your new knowledge, skills and attributes gained during the module (MLO’s 1, 2 and 4).





Module abstract

Learning Disability nurses support people with a learning disability that experience a range of issues that you assess and treat. Some of which will relate closely to a working knowledge of the applied sciences.
Through technology enhanced and evidence based learning, assessment, group work and reflection you will discuss and learn about how to assess health needs and support people with a variety of acute and serious health conditions. You will understand how knowledge of applied sciences are essential in formulating care, whilst considering the experiences of people with a learning disability and their families in this process. This will strengthen your practice theory link and enable you to articulate your knowledge and skills for subsequent clinical placements and modules as well as into your future career as a learning disability nurse. The assessments on this module will provide good feedback to enable you to improve and consolidate your learning.

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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