Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Healthcare Skills

Course summary

Course code: OMED1309
Level: 5
Credits: 30
School: Education and Health
Department: Adult Nursing and Paramed. Sci
Course Coordinator(s): Patricia Evans



This course aims to provide the student with opportunities to:

1. Explore a range of disease processes and related pathology.
2. Examine the clinical features, assessment and management of conditions commonly encountered in healthcare practice.
3. Explore the principles of medicines management.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

1. Discuss the pathophysiology of conditions commonly encountered in healthcare practice.
2. Integrate knowledge of life sciences into healthcare practice.
3. Demonstrate progression in the skills and knowledge to perform continuing assessment of a patient.
4. Manage patients with commonly occurring conditions within context of role.
5. Explain the role of the assistant healthcare practitioner within medicines management.

Indicative content

Limitations of assistant healthcare practitioner role.

Introduction to disease processes; ageing, genetics, immunology, epidemiology
Introduction to pathology and clinical features of commonly occurring pathophysiological changes in body systems
Bereavement and loss
Altered body image
Palliative and end of life care
Patient Risk Assessment
Dementia Care

Principles of continuing assessment and management of patients with commonly occurring conditions
Principles of medicines management.

Mandatory skills for practice:
Moving and handling
Basic life support skills

Teaching and learning activity

Lectures, discussion, group activities, skills sessions, learning in practice.

Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours)


Written assignment - 100%
3000 word case study.
Pass mark - 40%
The graded assignment will enable the students to give a critical account of patient care for a selected condition based on a case study.

Practice assessment document - Pass/Fail

Students must pass both components of the assessment to successfully complete the course.