Leg ulcers are a major source of morbidity in the elderly. Without proper treatment and care, patients will have extended periods of time with open ulcers. Some may not heal.
This course is specifically designed to assist qualified nurses in becoming proficient at assessing leg ulcers and initiating and developing the correct treatment within the multidisciplinary team. It will be useful to both community nurses and hospital-based nurses.
This module forms part of the Dimensions in Healthcare Framework so you may find it useful to familiarise yourself with the Framework first.
We have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.
Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) rating
The Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme is a system in which you can accumulate the credits and build them towards recognised awards, if you so wish. This single module course provides 15 Level 6 (Degree level) credits.
This module could count towards a Top-Up Degree
What is the aim of the course?
- To provide students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to undertake the care of individuals and groups with leg ulcers.
Areas of study include:
- Anatomy and physiology of the lower limbs
- The pathology of leg ulceration and aetiology of different types of leg ulcers
- The epidemiology of leg ulcers
- The assessment process including competence in using the Doppler ultrasound
- The social and economic effects of leg ulcers
- Compression bandages and the application of theory and practice
- Vascular investigations and treatments
- Referral criteria
- Quality assurance and health outcomes (links with local and national initiatives)
- Aftercare of people with healed leg ulcers
How will I be taught?
Students will have three taught days at the university; the taught sessions will be supplemented by distance learning and on-line learning through Moodle
How much study is involved?
30 hours contact time in university and 90 hours of self-study per single module.
There will be two items:
- A competency assessment in clinical practice ( note: in order to undertake this module you will need to have an assessor with the equivalent module to assess you in practice)
- An assignment.
In this way, the team will ensure that the student's nursing practice is developed alongside the analytical approach to the work.
Professional/Health Care Diploma or 120 credits at level 5.
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
Online application and enrolment process
- Complete an online application form via the link. The form requires you to submit a completed authorised funding form which must be uploaded with the application. Alternatively, you can download a hard copy application form.
- When your submitted application form has been processed and approved, details of the module and enrolment details will be sent to the email address stated on your application form.
- You will be sent an email asking you to complete your online pre-enrolment. This must be completed before you enrol.
- Without proof of funding, you will not be able to complete your enrolment/receive online pre-enrolment email. The funding form must be received within four weeks of the enrolment date; otherwise you will be withdrawn from the course.
Please submit your application as early as possible. We aim to give you a decision within two weeks of receiving your application. Please note that NHS Trust application deadlines may differ from our own and you should check with your NHS Trust training/education contact for confirmation of their deadlines.
Please ensure that you include full details of your qualifications and relevant work experience as part of your application.
Method of payment
The method of payment of your course fees will differ depending on whether you are a self-funding, sponsored or contracted/commissioned applicant. Definitions are provided below and you must choose the appropriate option when prompted. If you are unsure which funding method applies to you please consult your training/education contact in your NHS Trust prior to applying:
You are paying for the course and responsible for the fees.
Select 'Self Funded' when making your application.
Course fees are paid directly by the employer/NHS Trust which means we invoice your employer/NHS Trust to obtain payment.
To apply for this course you must download and complete the CPD Sponsorship Agreement Form, and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.
Select ‘Sponsored (eg employer, NHS Trust, charity)’ when making your application’.
The NHS Trust agrees with HE West Midlands for your course fees to be paid directly to the University from funds managed by HE West Midlands for pre-agreed programmes.
To apply for this course you must obtain a contracted/commissioned financial support form from your Trust contact and upload the completed form and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.
Select ‘Funded by HE West Midlands (Contracted/Commissioned)’ when making your application.
Prospective students from the UK
- Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
- If you need further help, you can contact the Course Enquiries Team online by using the Course Enquiry Form.
- Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)121 331 5595.
Prospective students from outside the UK
- Please use the International Enquiry Form.
- Alternatively, call us +44 (0)121 331 5389.
Tel: +44 (0)121 331 7104
Our Professional Navigators, Adele Millington and Nicola Clarke, are also on hand to offer guidance and will help you to choose which modules are best for you, taking into account your aims, professional or clinical experience, KSF requirements and your academic achievements.
Call Adele and Nicola on +44 (0)121 331 6162.