Care and Support of Vulnerable Individuals and Groups

Module summary

Module code: NURS1423
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Health Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Elizabeth Gale / Avril Hocking



This course will provide the student with the opportunity to:

• To identify vulnerable individuals and groups within nursing and midwifery practice
• To explore and reflect on strategies to meet the needs of vulnerable people within contemporary healthcare practice

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully you will be able to:

1. Explore and reflect on the needs of vulnerable individuals and groups
2. Begin to recognise and classify actual and potential vulnerabilities experienced by individuals
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the basis of strategies used to meet the needs of individuals within vulnerable groups.

Indicative content

Vulnerability within key groups e.g. lone parents, people experiencing poverty, people with disabilities, older people, children and young people, ethnic minority groups, people with mental illness/dementia, homeless people, asylum seekers and refugees, people at risk of offending or being offended against, people at risk of addiction etc.
Defining vulnerability and its application within nursing and midwifery practice.
Policies to support vulnerable groups
Legislation to support vulnerable groups
Identification of vulnerable individuals and groups - assessment
Strategies to reduce vulnerabilities – intervention.
Methods of empowering vulnerable individuals e.g. support groups, advocacy, PALS, patient improvement leads/policies
Multi-agency and inter-professional working
Families and carer involvement
Recording and monitoring vulnerabilities within individuals

Teaching and learning activity

Keynote lectures will be delivered across both undergraduate student groups. Undergraduate students will be allocated to seminar groups which will enable students to consider in smaller groups the needs of vulnerable individuals. These groups will be formed from across midwifery and all fields of nursing.
• Lecturers
• Group/individual work - seminars
• Teacher/student-led discussions/questions
• Multi-media and VLE materials
• Structured reflection
• Practice-based learning
• Formative presentation of a case study
• The VLE (Moodle) will be used as a platform for on-line activities, guided and independent reading to facilitate the development of evidence based knowledge
• Learning in Practice will involve the student in applying their knowledge and skills to care within their placement settings.


Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Essay
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these): 1,2,3.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 100%.
Pass Mark: 40.
Word Length: 2,000 words.
Outline Details: A 2000 word essay which focuses on an individual or group who are seen as being vulnerable, analyse the factors which contribute to this and discuss the multi professional and /or multi agency interventions to help reduce these factors including the expected outcomes of such interventions.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Student seminars.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these): 1,2,3.