DB0509 - Understanding and Responding to Acute Changes in Health and Behaviour

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What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will be offered opportunities to learn about supporting people with a learning disability who have acute health, psychological or behavioural distress. This learning spans the whole life span of people with a learning disability as services and patient needs change. You will identify and respond to the symptomology of acute health changes as timely and appropriate care can prevent harm, deterioration and death of people with learning disability.
As communication is sometimes difficult the nurse is required to be clinically observant and identify changes in the individuals baseline presentation as outlined in the NMC Code of Conduct (2015).
You will learn about:
• Recognising and treating the deteriorating patient
• Positive Behavioural Support
• Physical health needs and long term effects of dementia and cancers, epilepsy, common childhood illnesses, diabetes and poor nutrition
• You will consider the psychological aspects of traumatic life events

Topics you will cover include:
• Issues of abuse
• Behavioural Analysis and techniques
• Acute changes in health
• Common conditions such as dementia, cancer and diabetes.
• Assessment and history taking
• Understanding and utilising PBS
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 these acute conditions. 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). Meaning you have access to online e-learning packages before and after sessions. 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. Demonstrate fundamental awareness of the contemporary health, social care and public health drivers and nursing skills especially the art of noticing and assessment in acute changes in the presentation of the patient.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Appraisal of the evidence base used for practice with people with acute changes in health and/or behaviour - accurately, reliably, and with structured and coherent arguments.
4. Think independently, understand and justify your own opinions, and recognising the need to challenge your thinking, and the thinking of others through structured coherent arguments

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

5. Demonstration of the value base required for effective practice with people who are vulnerable and have acute changes in health and/or behaviour: 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 a specific health and/or behavioural condition. 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 2, 4, 5).
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 acute 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’s 4, 5) .

Summative assessment:

Your summative assessment will consist of a 20-minute presentation. Here you will have the opportunity to demonstrate specific nursing knowledge for effectively working with people with acute conditions whilst 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, 3, 4, 5).





Module abstract

As a Learning Disability nurse you will be expected to support people with a learning disability and that requires a sound understanding of the complex health needs that they may experience. Through technology enhanced and evidence based learning, assessment, group work and reflection you will discuss and learn about how to assess needs and support people with a variety of acute and serious conditions.
The module will enable you to understand understand a range of complex health conditions and their treatment, while considering the impact on people with a learning disability and their families. It will strengthen your practice theory link and enable you carry forward your skills into your career as a learning disability nurse.

The assessments are designed to engage you with the assessment process and consolidate what you know at this stage. They will provide feed-forward feedback to enable you to improve learning and understanding.

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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