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Professional course

Chronic and Acute Care Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

20 credit, level 3 or Masters level module.

About this course

Course code:
UZWSVS203
Applications:
University
Level:
Professional/Short Course
Department:
Nursing and Midwifery
Campus:
Glenside
Course director:
Sam Clark

Page last updated 27 April 2017

Introduction

On successful completion of the Level 3 module (UZWSVS-20-3) you will be able to:

  • Apply detailed knowledge and understanding of the physiology and patho-physiology of COPD.
  • Examine the assessment, care and management of complications and therapies for COPD, in relation to psychological, physiological and social aspects of COPD.
  • Critically explore and debate ethico-legal issues which impact on COPD and promote the value of evidence based practice in an acute and/or primary care setting.
  • Evaluate the role of the multidisciplinary team within the COPD setting within primary and/or acute care settings.
  • Explore the context of leadership in relation to service improvement in COPD.
  • Critically analyse how evidence based practice influences the diagnosis, treatment and impact of COPD on service users, carers and their families.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of pharmacological and nutritional needs in the management of COPD.
  • Critically examine the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of exacerbations of COPD, in both primary and secondary care.

And at Masters level (UZWSVT-20-M):

  • Apply detailed knowledge and understanding of the physiology and patho-physiology of COPD.
  • Critically examine the assessment, care, and management of complications  and therapies for COPD, in relation to psychological, physiological and social aspects of COPD.
  • Critically explore and debate ethico-legal issues which impact on COPD, and promote the value of evidence based practice in an acute and/or primary care setting.
  • Present an in-depth exploration of leadership in relation to service improvement in COPD.
  • Critically analyse how evidence based practice influences the diagnosis, treatment and impact of COPD on service users, carers and their families.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of pharmacological and nutritional needs in the management of COPD.
  • Critically examine the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of exacerbations of COPD, in both primary and secondary care.

 

Entry requirements

Registered Practitioners who work with people with COPD in the community and in hospital.

Careers / Further study

The level 3 module can contribute towards:

  • BSc ( Hons) Specialist Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Professional Studies
  • BSc(Hons) Professional Development

The Masters level module can contribute towards:

  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • MSc Specialist Practice
  • MSc Professional Development

Structure

Content

Introduction to COPD

  • Introduction and pathophysiology of the respiratory system
  • Psychological and sociological support for service users, carers and their families
  • Factors that influence disease progression for example risk factors i.e. Smoking, Chest Infections, pollution etc
  • Economic , social and political

Assessment; Diagnosis and monitoring

  • *Introduction to spirometry and lung function testing
  • *Physical examination and history talking
  • Telehealth
  • Multi-professional roles in assessment; diagnosis and monitoring

*The introduction to Spirometry lung function testing, Physical examination and history talking sessions are brief overviews of these processes and do not provide accredited skills or assure competency  in practice on completion of this module. If you would like to do an accredited course regarding spirometry please consider one of the following course through the Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology. For the physical examination and history taking UWE runs a Physical Assessment and Clinical Reasoning module.

Management of COPD

  • Smoking Cessation
  •  Inhaled therapy
  • Oral therapy
  •  Oxygen therapy
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Other therapeutic interventions

Management of exacerbations of COPD in primary & secondary care

  • Self-Management; personalised care planning
  • Integrated care pathways
  • Non Invasive Ventilation (NIV)
  •  Investigations and treatment
  • End of life care
  • Care transition

Learning and Teaching

Scheduled learning includes; lectures, seminars, tutorials, reflection on practice, practical classes and workshops.

Independent learning includes; hours engaged with essential reading especially activities online, case study preparation and presentation, assignment preparation and completion.

Study time

The actual contact time is 48 hours and this is complemented by self-directive learning and online learning resources.

Assessment

Formative Assessment
Presentation on effectiveness of treatment: Evaluate and critique a specific area of treatment for an individual living with COPD. This promotes peer learning and appreciation of different roles in the delivery of service in healthcare. This will enable them to explore the foundation for the summative assessment.

Summative Assessment
Assignment on effectiveness of treatment: Writing an essay demonstrating knowledge and understanding of a specific area of treatment/intervention to a person living with COPD (3000 words).

The essay should include the pathophysiology of COPD and how effective the treatment/intervention is in order to meet the person's healthcare needs.  The essay should clearly demonstrate understanding of the role of the practitioners in enhancing future practice.

At level 3, you are expected to critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise the treatment/intervention. This should include some appreciation of how evidence based practice influences the delivery and management of COPD services.

At Masters level you are expected to critically evaluate, synthesise and provide independent perspectives regarding the delivery of treatment/intervention and management. This should include a critical exploration of literature and debate the wider socio-political implications of COPD.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Please visit full fee information to see the price brackets for our modules.

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

Dates

Please see our timetable for full date information. 

How to apply

How to apply

You will apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

Our how to apply page can assist you with further information prior to submitting your online application.

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