DB0510 - Understanding and Supporting People with a Learning Disability with Specific Needs

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will be offered opportunities to learn about specific conditions and the needs of the person with a learning disability. This learning spans the whole life time of people with a learning disability as services and patient needs change.

You will learn about:
• Syndromes and conditions commonly associated with learning disability such as Autistic Spectrum Conditions and Down Syndrome as well as rare types of syndromes and conditions.
• You will learn specifically about the physical, mental and social health needs of people with a learning disability with these conditions as well as Positive behavioural Support techniques.
• You will consider the psychological aspects of the having these conditions and their effects upon education, social development and health of people with a learning disability and their families.

Topics you will cover include:
• Genetics and their influence upon development
• Specific communication and sensory difficulties
• Cerebral palsy and physical disabilities
• Health needs associated with syndromes
• Common co-morbidities with specific conditions
• Positive Behavioural Support centred care
• Collaborative working
• Overcoming barriers to good health for people with specific conditions and a learning disability
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. This module offers an opportunity to discover and develop your value set and your skills of helping people with a learning disability develop independence, social skills, life skills, behavioural techniques and resilience that will be useful to them throughout their life span.

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 by the module team, consisting of people with a learning disability/carers, learning disability nursing academics and specialist and non- learning disability specialist practitioners. Support and guidance will be 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. 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. Demonstre fundamental awareness of the contemporary health, social care and public health drivers and nursing skills at least some of which is at the forefront of current thinking for people with specific conditions.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Critical appraisal of the evidence base used for practice with people with specific conditions accurately, reliably and with structured coherent arguments.
4. Think independently, understand and justify your own opinions and recognise 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: safety, personal dignity, compassionate, person centred, evidence based practice, promotion of individuality, independence, rights, choice and inclusion for people with a learning disability with specific conditions.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessments:
You will work in groups on a specific genetic condition and the needs of the patient as well as the knowledge, skills and best practice and policy associated with the condition. You will present this work to your peers and practitioners who will offer you clear and effective feedback. This will help you to understand specific conditions and the effects upon the person with a learning disability, allowing you to adapt clinical practice to meet individual need (MLO’s 1, 2, 4, 5).

Summative assessment:
Your summative assessment will consist of a written assignment of 2,000 words. Here you
will have the opportunity to demonstrate specific nursing knowledge emphasising the significance of specific conditions, theory and current policy. This final assessment will bring together your new knowledge, skills and attributes gained during the module (MLO’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

Pre-requisite(s)

NA

Co-requisite(s)

NA

Module abstract

As a Learning Disability nurse you are required to offer quality support to people with a learning disability with specific needs and health conditions, whilst understanding how this impacts upon their health and quality of life. Through technology enhanced and evidence based learning, assessment, group work and reflection, the module will enable you to understand a range of complex health conditions and your role as the learning disability nurse to enable the person and their families to manage their health. This will strengthen your understanding of theory and practice and enable you to articulate your knowledge and skills fundamental to your next placements and modules and 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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