Professional/Short course Managing Fatigue in Long Term Health Conditions

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Approximately 15 weeks
Distance learning
Course Director
Dr Anna Gould

15 credit level 7 module

Page last updated 12 October 2023


On successful completion of this 15 credit Managing Fatigue in Long Term Health Conditions distance learning module, you will be able to:

  • Critically discuss the phenomenon of chronic fatigue and appraise fatigue as a symptom of disease/illness
  • Critically examine current scientific understanding of the development and persistence of fatigue and its assessment
  • Show critical awareness of evidence-based interventions and management approaches for fatigue in clinical populations
  • Critically apply current evidence to a case within their current area of practice.

Careers / Further study

This level 7 (Masters level) module can contribute towards:

  • MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • MSc Rehabilitation
  • Professional Development Awards



The module topics will be informed by current research evidence relating to chronic fatigue and its management in long term health conditions. Key areas that will be addressed include:

  • Definition of fatigue in the context of long term conditions
  • Physical, contextual, and cognitive and behavioural factors underlying fatigue
  • Current evidence about fatigue symptoms and factors associated with fatigue development in clinical conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, long term neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and long term musculoskeletal conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Assessments of fatigue including patient reported outcome measures
  • Introduction to pharmacological inventions for fatigue management and examination of the evidence base for non-pharmacological interventions including cognitive-behavioural approaches, and physical exercise and the role of the multidisciplinary team, family and social support.

Learning and Teaching

This module has 150 allocated hours and a variety of learning approaches will be used to support distance learning. You will be required to engage with online materials and discussion forums and to support this with essential reading.

Typically up to three hours of virtual contact will be scheduled for group discussion and tutor support; preparation will be required for virtual scheduled sessions. We expect that approximately three hours will be directed/scheduled learning and 147 hours will be self-directed learning and includes assessment preparation and completion time.

Self-directed learning is a key element of the learning strategy to enable you to engage in areas that directly relate to their professional practice and clinical interest. Tutor supported discussions will facilitate students to undertake their independent study. The assessment also supports self-directed learning related to clinical practice and assessment preparation will be encouraged and supported through scheduled activities and discussions.

You will need to have access to a computer and internet access to be able to engage with the teaching and learning methods for this module.

Scheduled learning includes tutorial and online group discussion activities.

Independent learning includes hours engaged with online activities and materials, essential reading, case study preparation, assignment preparation and completion etc.

Study time

The level 7 (Masters level) module will be delivered as a distance learning module. The majority of the module is based on self-directed learning using a range of online resources, directed reading, independent reading and discussion forums.

A small number of contact hours (typically up to three hours) will be scheduled during the module for online group discussion and tutor support.


The summative assessment will be a 3,000 word written assignment as a case report. You will be required to identify an appropriate case from your area of professional practice and present an evidence based discussion of management of the case. This approach enables you to draw from your professional practice and to direct and apply learning to practice. The case report will be structured to provide guidance and ensure that you meet the learning outcomes of the module.

Formative assessment will take place through scheduled activities.


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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.


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Extra information

If the course you are applying for is fully online or blended learning, please note that you are expected to provide your own headsets/microphones.

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