Hospital Avoidance: Managing Complexity


Hospital Avoidance: Managing Complexity

The module is designed for health and social care professionals working with people with complex conditions in any setting.

The module provides an understanding of the complexity of the needs and risks associated with such service users. The module will focus on the safe and effective management of individuals with both stable and unstable chronic conditions, with the aim of avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions.

This module is available to study as an undergraduate (level 6) award.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate critical awareness of the characteristics of people whose care may be safely and effectively managed out of hospital.
  2. Critically examine and reflect on the principles and practice that underpin interagency, inter-professional partnership working within active case management.
  3. Critically explore and manage the effects of exacerbation on the wellbeing of people with complex or long term conditions.
  4. Demonstrate systematic and critical use of evidence in planning and implementing out of hospital care.
  5. Demonstrate extensive knowledge of the ethical, legal and professional issues that underpin out of hospital care.
  6. Demonstrate critical knowledge of the methods of monitoring and managing clinical risk in out of hospital care practice.

Who is the module for? Registered healthcare professional normally with one year’s post-qualifying practice experience.

Module code: HP7014Y

Entry criteria:
Applicants will be required to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Hold a recognised health-related professional qualification and current professional registration.
  • Hold an Honours degree 2(ii) or above from a UK or Republic of Ireland university. An Honours degree equivalent to a 2(ii) or above from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland will be accepted. Advice on equivalence of overseas awards will be obtained from the National Recognition and Information Centre for the UK (NARIC).
  • Normally have a minimum of one year’s post-qualifying practice experience. Module specific practice related requirements and additional entry criteria will apply to some modules and these will be indicated in the module outlines.

Non-standard applicants

Applications will be considered from non-standard applicants who can demonstrate the following certificated learning:

  • a DipHE from a UK or Republic of Ireland university or equivalent qualification from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland

and one of the following completed within the last five years:

  • successful completion of a standalone module at level M OR
  • a minimum of 30 credits from standalone modules at level 6, at or above grade B (60%).

Proficiency in English language

Evidence of English language testing will be required from all applicants for whom English is not their first language and who have not previously undertaken studies in English. The required level of proficiency will be a minimum overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score (or equivalent) of 6.5, with no section achieving less than 6.0. Evidence of proficiency must be dated within the last two years. Applicants who have taken the examination more than twice in one year will not be considered.

International applicants

All international applicants must satisfy the requirements of the UK Border Agency in relation to St George’s responsibilities as a Highly Trusted Sponsor for students (Tier 4).

Advanced practice route

Applicants for this route will be required to meet all the following additional requirements:

  • a minimum of two years full-time experience (or the equivalent in part-time hours) in health or social care employment
  • be employed in a senior role
  • demonstrate they are working in a practice setting which enables the achievement of the specialist compulsory module outcomes relating to the Advanced Practice competencies (Great Britain, Department of Health, 2010).

Number of credits and level of study: 30 credits at level 7. This module is also offered as an undergraduate (level 6) award.

Assessment: Presentation and clinical guideline

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 10 teaching days

Module dates:*
(9.30am – 4.30pm)

  • 26 April,  3, 10, 17, 24, 31 May, 7, 14, 21, 28 June 2017
  • 25 April, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May, 6, 13, 20, 27 June 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £1,600

Programme: This module is part of Healthcare Practice PgCert/PgDip/MSc