Renal dysfunction: complexities of care


Renal dysfunction: complexities of care

This module is for nurses who wish to develop a deep and systematic understanding of the pathophysiology, care and management strategies for clients with renal dysfunction, including transplantation. The module incorporates psychosocial, ethical, legislative, professional guidance and risk management dimensions to provide the nurse 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 and integrate evidence based knowledge specific to the anatomy and pathophysiology of renal dysfunction in the assessment, planning and evaluation of interventions for a client who presents with renal problems.
  2. Incorporate a critical ethical dimension to the care and management of clients with renal dysfunction and work proactively with others to formulate solutions.
  3. Flexibly and creatively apply the principles of compassionate care when working with clients with renal dysfunction, empowering them to live well.
  4. Critically evaluate the effectiveness and application of national, legal and local policy within the management of renal dysfunction and their effects on the development of care.
  5. Critically evaluate and apply research findings and literature for advancing care of the client with renal dysfunction.
  6. Act with initiative in recognising and managing potential error or risk and synthesise solutions to deliver harm free care for the client with renal dysfunction.
  7. Use personal reflection to improve practice, and incorporate personal responsibility and the professional code in delivering efficient, effective and safe care to the client group.

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

  • 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
  • All applicants must have a renal clinical placement with access to transplant surgery, pre-operative and post operative care of the transplanted patient confirmed prior to commencing the module.  Please contact module leader Paula Lamb on 0208 7250643 if you need to discuss this.

Module code: HP7027Y

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

Assessment: Competency assessment document and essay.

Location: St George’s, University of London

Module length: 10 teaching days

Module dates:*

  • 3, 10, 17 October 2017 – St George’s University Site
  • 3, 10 November 2017 – St Helier’s Hospital Site
  • 14, 21, 28 November 2017 – St George’s University Site
  • 5, 12 December 2017 – St George’s University Site

*Dates may change

Fee: £1600

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