DB0610 - Specialist Learning Disability Nursing across Communities of Practice

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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 in a variety of non-specialist and specialist practice provision. This will take place in health establishments such as; in GP surgeries, in health and social care provision and in schools. This learning spans the whole life time of people with a learning disability as services and patient needs change. You will learn about:
• Community Nursing
• Behavioural specialisms
• Health Facilitation
• Clinics in other health settings
• Health action plans
• Psychological therapies and patient ownership
• Person centeredness and working with families

Topics you will cover include:
• Practicing in challenging environments
• Practicing in primary health care settings
• Practicing in GP surgeries
• Learning Disability and health policy
• Championing the rights and health of people with a learning disability
• Teaching other health professionals
• Developing accessible information
• Clinical risk taking
• Understanding and utilising Positive Behavioural Support across communities of practice (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 and through the eyes of non- specialist professionals. This module offers an opportunity to discover and develop your creativity, value base and skills of helping people with a learning disability to stay healthy and safe. This module will also allow you to consolidate your specialist communication skills building from the skills developed at level’s 4 and 5.

You will be undertaking other modules focussing on specialist learning disability practice, alongside this module.

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 the module teams consist 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 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 and transferable skills, concepts and principles underpinning professional, safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led, person centred, nursing
2. Utilise service delivery data and other means to evaluate and monitor and imporive service provision for people across communities of practice.
3. 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 in non- learning disability specialist services/with non-specialist staff.

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

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Clear articulation and demonstration of the value base required for interprofessional, interagency 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 and the spreading of this ethical and philosophical base across different communities of practice.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessments:
You will work in groups considering a case study in which the patient is accessing different communities of practice.
You will assess this practice area and formulate appropriate action plans creatively utilising knowledge, skills and best practice for engaging non-specialist learning disability staff in excellent care for people with learning disability and their families (MLO’s 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 the difficulties that people with a learning disability and non-specialist staff may encounter 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 concise plan (no more than 1,000 words) of care/summary of a discussion with patients and non-specialist professionals/outcomes/actions that is specific to the field of learning disability nursing across communities of practice.
It will involve information about a person with learning disability accessing non-specialist services or practice community, and capture the parity of importance of physical and mental health issues.
This final assessment will bring together your new knowledge, skills and attributes gained during the module (MLO’s 1, 3, 4, 5).





Module abstract

As a Learning Disability nurse you are expected to support people within community and hospital settings working alongside a range of professionals. You will learn about championing the needs and rights of people with a learning disability whilst educating the public, professionals and service users about their rights and needs. Through technology enhanced and evidence based learning, group work and reflection you will discuss and learn about collaboration with other services, professionals and service users.
The module will enable you to understand the process of assessment and formulation; it will also strengthen your practice theory link and enable you to articulate your knowledge and skills in order to carry forward into your future nursing career. A placement will be provided for you and will be appropriate to this stage of your learning.
The assessments on this module will provide feed-forward feedback and are designed with engagement and consolidation in mind.

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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