DB0609 - Complexity, Co-morbidity and Recovery in Learning Disability Nursing

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What will I learn on this module?

People with a learning disability are currently disadvantaged by society so their needs are many and complex. On this module you will be offered opportunities to learn about supporting people with a learning disability who have complex and co-morbid health, psychological or behavioural issues. This learning spans the whole lifetime of people with a learning disability as services and patient needs change. You will learn about:

• Complex Mental Health and Learning Disability
• Positive Behavioural Support (PBS)
• Sexual abuse – victim support
• Self-harm and its effects on the person with a learning disability

Topics you will cover include:
• Debating human rights
• Debating secure settings and therapeutic interventions
• Approaches in Mental Health and schizophrenia
• Common co-morbidities with specific conditions
• Best practice interventions
• Clinical risk 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 complex 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.

Your learning will be facilitated by staff representatives from your field of nursing to ensure appropriate application and integration into practice and to help you to develop links to the other modules on your programme.

How will I learn on this module?

You learn via some shared seminars, lectures, workshops, skill rehearsal, directed, 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 practicals.

Lectures cover theories and concepts that enable you to tackle a series of guided exercises and many are electronic.
You work on theories and concepts during workshops, group tasks and hi-fidelity simulated clinical sessions utilising state of the art clinical simulation equipment – this helps link theories and concepts to complex and advanced learning disability practice and reflect upon your learning experiences.

This module links directly with your practice learning activities and academic enquiry skills will be facilitated to help learn about how to access the research evidence base of learning disability practice and become involved in your own research activities.

You will benefit from feed-forward feedback; here, 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 to successfully work towards your summative assessment and the feedback that you receive will also enhance your learning, understanding and future grades.

You will continue to explore your Personal and Professional Development File (PPDF) you develop throughout the programme to keep a record of your learning, evidence for your learning and practice. It continues to provide 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, their composition includes people with a learning disability, carers, learning disability nursing academics, therapists and 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 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 transferable skills, concepts and principles underpinning professional, safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led, person centred, nursing
2. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of key concepts and principles underpinning holistic, safe, effective, caring, responsive, well led, person centred nursing for people with complex needs, whilst creating ideas for improving the care experience of patients and families, some of which are at the forefront of current practice.
3. Critically appraise current research and critically evaluate methods, arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements to inform holistic nursing practice and service improvement ideas for people with complex needs.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Demonstrate leadership engagement through critical appraisal of the evidence base and its application to and importance for practice in this arena. Whilst, valuing curiosity, collaboration and reflective learning in practice. These aspects are key areas in the creation of new your nursing knowledge and practice and your overall professional development.

Personal Values Attributes(PVA) (Global / Cultural Awareness, Ethics, Curiosity):
1. 5. Clear articulation and demonstration of the value base required for interagency, interprofessional and registration: 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 considering serious and complex cases that have gained media attention.
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, 2, 4).
You will present this work to your peers and practitioners who will offer you clear and effective feedback. It will help you to understand complex 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.

Summative assessment:
Your summative assessment will consist of a 3,000-word reflective essay. Here you will have the opportunity to demonstrate specific nursing knowledge and development through discussion of a serious case review and its personal, organisational and ethical implications (MLO’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
This final assessment will bring together your new knowledge, skills and attributes gained during the module.





Module abstract

People with a learning disability are amongst the most vulnerable in our society, therefore may have many complex needs and comorbid health conditions. Learning Disability Nurses support people within the community and in hospital as people with a complex and/or comorbid conditions require many modes of provision.
You learn how this may affect their lives and health; social, behavioural, physical, psychological and social determinants of health and life quality.
Through technology enhanced and evidence based learning and assessment you learn how to therapeutically support people with a variety of complex conditions. Understanding effective assessments to formulate needs and understand the experience of people with a learning disability is essential. This strengthens the practice theory link enabling articulation of knowledge and therapeutic skills to your final placements and future career. The assessments on this module will provide high fidelity feedback to enable you to improve learning and understanding and consolidate 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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