Hospital avoidance: managing complexity


Hospital avoidance: managing complexity

Current health policy focuses on avoiding unnecessary emergency unplanned admissions. This module will provide a framework for clinicians to safely case manage people with multiple co-morbidities and complex health & social care needs that present with an acute episode. It will equip practitioners to provide safe, holistic care for the person outside a hospital setting.

The module aims to develop students’ knowledge to safely and effectively manage patients and carers and to implement hospital avoidance practice.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Critically discuss the characteristics of people whose care may be safely and effectively managed out of hospital.
  2. Apply 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. Critically discuss use of evidence in planning and implementing out of hospital care.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical, legal and professional issues that underpin out of hospital care.
  6. Demonstrate critical awareness of the methods of monitoring and managing clinical risk in out of hospital care practice.


Who is the module for? Healthcare practitioners, such as nurses and paramedics, undertaking hospital avoidance work.

Module code: HP6028Y

Number of credits and level of study: 30 credits at level 6. The course is also offered as a postgraduate (level 7) award.

Assessment: Development of a clinical guideline for a person encountered in clinical practice, living with one or more long term conditions

LocationSt George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 10 days

Module dates:*
(9.30am – 4.30pm)

  • 25 April, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May, 6, 13, 20, 27 June 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £1600

Module leader: Maggie Davenport

Programme:This module is part of the Healthcare Practice DipHE/BSc(Hons)/GradCert

Contact the PPD Programme Office who will be happy to help you with any queries.