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Renal dialysis: principles of care

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Renal dialysis: principles of care

This module is for nurses who wish to become adeptly skilled in the care and management of the client receiving renal replacement therapy, either haemodialysis (HD) or peritoneal dialysis (PD).

It will also enhance knowledge in relation to the pathophysiology and treatment of acute kidney injury. The module will incorporate psychosocial, ethical, legislative, professional guidance and risk management dimensions to provide the practitioner with a comprehensive knowledge of the client’s lived experience.

The course is also offered as an undergraduate award (level 6).

Learning outcomes:

  1. Articulate evidence based knowledge by documenting precisely, a comprehensive assessment, intervention and evaluation of dialysis treatment for the client in established renal failure and the client with acute kidney injury.
  2. Autonomously implement and evaluate innovative best practice in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of interventions for clients in established and/or acute renal failure.
  3. Act with initiative in recognising and managing potential error or risk and synthesise solutions to deliver harm free care for the client receiving dialysis.
  4. Incorporate a critical ethical dimension to the care and management of clients on dialysis and work proactively with others to formulate solutions.
  5. Identify, evaluate and maintain capabilities as leaders or team members of the multi-disciplinary team to provide optimal care for the client on dialysis.
  6. Critically evaluate the effectiveness and application of research findings and guidance for advancing dialysis practice.
  7. Use personal reflection to improve practice and incorporate personal responsibility and the professional code in order to deliver efficient, effective and safe dialysis treatment to the client group.

Who is the module for? Practitioners managing clients with a range of renal problems and who have:

  • Have a minimum of six months’ recent experience of caring for renal clients
  • Be working in an appropriate clinical area and caring for renal clients
  • Be able to complete all practice competencies in the renal unit where you are based or organise relevant experience to complete competencies away from your normal base

Module code: HP7028Y

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.
  • All applicants must have a renal clinical placement with access to haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis confirmed prior to commencing the module. Please contact module leader Sue Woodcock on 07769 671407 if you need to discuss this.

 

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. The course is also offered as an undergraduate (level 6) award.

Assessment: Competency assessment document and essay.

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 10 teaching days

Module dates:*
(9am – 5pm)

  •  2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May, 6, 13, 20, 27 June 2017
  • 24 April, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 May, 5, 12, 19, 26 June 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £1600

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

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