Managing Care for Children and Young People with Complex Needs (Level 6)

Module summary

Module code: NURS1430
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Health Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Judith Sevenoaks

Specification

Aims

This course will provide the student with the opportunity to:

• Build on and consolidate prior learning providing a basis from which the complex needs of children and young people with long term conditions & life limiting illnesses are examined.
• Review the responsibilities of a children’s nurse in providing care across a range of environments in the context of caring for children with complex needs.
• Consider the qualities required for leadership and management, reviewing personal qualities and attributes in this respect.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1. Draw on a range of perspectives to identify and analyse the needs of children and young people with long terms conditions and life limiting illness.
2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of professional, ethical and legal frameworks of care for children and young people with complex needs.
3. Reflect on own skills to engage therapeutically with children and young people and generate an action plan to address personal & professional developmental needs.
4. Draw on management and leadership theory to analyse the qualities required for effective leadership and management and reflect on own management skills and leadership style.
5. In the context of caring for children and young people with complex needs, analyse the nurse’s role in managing and assuring the delivery of high quality of care and how this influences the ongoing monitoring of the quality of care.

Indicative content

Attitudes:
Values and attitudes towards:
Death & Dying /euthanasia
Withdrawal of treatment and or not for resuscitation
Disability
Spirituality
Leadership & Leadership styles
Parents and parental roles in caring for children with long term conditions and life-limiting illness
Home versus hospital care
Continuing professional development
Knowledge:
Aetiology, pathology and prognosis of:
Commonly encountered long term conditions and life limiting illnesses
Cancer(s) in children and young people
Genetic and congenital disorders
Adjustment and adherence, coping strategies
Principles of oncology, palliative and respite care.
Therapeutic and pharmacological management of children with long term conditions and life limiting illnesses
Transition to adult services
Leadership, Management and change theories
Clinical governance processes.
Legislation, policy, pertaining to care of children with long term conditions and life-limiting illness
Mental capacity – and consent
Transition from child to adult services,
Recognising and responding to maltreatment in children with long term conditions and life limiting illnesses
Skills:
Communication strategies for children and young people with sensory and or visual impairment
Breaking bad news,
Negotiation skills
Skills for advocacy
Presentational skills – audio/visual and verbal
Leadership and decision making.
Report writing and documentation
Medication management
Adjusting care and skills to the home environment
Discharge planning and coordination with MDT

Teaching and learning activity

Keynote lectures and skills sessions will be delivered to students across both undergraduate and postgraduate children’s nursing programmes.

• Lecture, group-work and /skills sessions. Online resources and activities
• 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 the care of children, young people and their families across secondary, primary and community care settings including community children’s nursing teams and voluntary organisations.

Assessment

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Written assignment
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: In class applied maths test
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment
(Please use the numbers above to refer to these): 1.2.3.4 & 5
Grading Mode: Numeric
Weighting: 100% assessment
Pass Mark: 40 %
Word Length: 3000
Outline Details: A case study which focuses on a child with a long term condition or life limiting illness in which the student critically discusses the role of the registered nurse as and considers their role as a manager and coordinator of their chosen child’s care.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Portfolio
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Reflections
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment
(Please use the numbers above to refer to these): 3,5
Grading Mode: Pass/fail
Pass Mark: Pass
Outline Details: The completed portfolio must demonstrate that the programme outcomes have been met.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Practice assessment document Part 3
Ongoing record of achievement
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment
(Please use the numbers above to refer to these): 1.2.3.4 & 5
Grading Mode: Pass /Fail
Pass Mark: Pass
Outline Details: Practice Assessment Document (PAD) –Semester 6

Students must pass all the elements of assessment to pass the course.