Tissue viability

Please note that classes start at 10.30am for this module.

Tissue viability

This module is suitable for health and social care practitioners working in all care settings who are involved with clients who have wounds. The care these people require is often complex and requires a level of knowledge to underpin clinical practice.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Critically evaluate the current knowledge base of moist wound healing.
  2. Critically analyse and evaluate issues surrounding management of wound bioburden.
  3. Critically evaluate the existing evidence on the effects psycho/social factors have on healing.
  4. Debate the advantages and disadvantages of using various assessment tools in wound management.
  5. Critically explore patient factors that influences wound healing.
  6. Debate the values and priorities that influence wound management.
  7. Autonomously synthesise current limits of knowledge into existing knowledge base.

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

Module code: HP7025Y

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

Assessment: Critically appraise a local policy

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 10 teaching days with elements of self-directed online study

Module dates*

  • 11, 18, 25 January, 1, 8, 15, 22 February, 1, 8, 15 March 2018.

*Dates may change

Fee: £1600

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