Tissue Viability (Professional Practice)

Attendance:
Part Time
Starting:
September 2017, January 2018, April 2018
Campus:
Fees:
£656 per module for UK/EU Part Time 2017 entry (view all fees)

The course aims to address the learning needs of healthcare professionals caring for patients who either have or are at risk of developing wounds by providing opportunities for the practitioners to develop their theoretical knowledge in order to best meet the needs of their patients and the service.

What's covered in the course?

You’ll learn more about assessing, planning, delivering and evaluating the specialist care of patients in the prevention of or undergoing treatment for a variety of wounds. We’ll also enable you to develop higher levels of understanding and decision making with appraisal of evidence based practice and clinical guidelines is a strong theme throughout the course.

Our dedicated, committed staff are experts in their field, the course leader is a University lecturer with substantial experience in the area tissue viability.

Why Choose Us?

  • Clinically focused content

  • An opportunity to examine your practice critically

  • A strong focus on current issues and an emphasis on the practical application of knowledge

  • Flexible study options – chose to study over one or more academic years

  • Each module has a bespoke "Moodle" based website which contains all module documentation, handouts, links to key documents and supplementary articles of interest

  • Ongoing support from staff both academically whilst in university to facilitate your development as a learner

  • Excellence in delivering high quality standards of flexible and bespoke academic provision for post qualifying practitioners

  • Links with healthcare providers

  • State-of-the-art facilities.

New £10,280 postgraduate loans

If you are completing the MSc Professional Practice, you may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,280 available for postgraduate study.

More about postgraduate loans

This course is open to International students

Post Registration Education Provider of the Year Winner

SNTA winner

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Sep 2017 PT TBC £656 per module
Jan 2018 PT TBC £656 per module
Apr 2018 PT TBC £656 per module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
TBC PT TBC See below

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Course structure 

You can choose to study this programme as a complete pathway award (full or part-time) or as a standalone module, dependent on your individual need and the needs of your organisation. All programmes offer a convenient part-time format to fit around home and work commitments.

Pathway awards in Tissue Viability can lead to:

  • Module only Professional Practice Level 6
  • Module only Professional Practice Level 7
  • BSc Professional Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Professional Practice 
  • Grad Cert Professional Practice 
  • PG Cert Professional Practice
  • PG Dip Professional Practice
  • MSc Professional Practice

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the pathway or module you are enrolling onto. 

This course is available part-time

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Degree (Level 6)

How it works

You can choose to study this programme as a complete pathway award or as a standalone module.

To complete this pathway, two of the following modules must be completed for year one, and a third can either be chosen from this list or from the range of modules available from the Professional Practice Programme to complete year two:

  • Wounds Affecting the Lower Leg
  • Debridement and Advanced Wound Care
  • Pressure Injuries Prevention and Treatment.
Wound Care Theory and Practice
20 credits

Wounds are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality as well as significant risk to global health care economies. The module aims to provide you with the opportunity to critically reflect on the evidence based principles underpinning wound care, encouraging your development of excellent interdisciplinary principles and practices of wound care management, together with the skills necessary to foster lifelong learning within this challenging field.

Wounds Affecting the Lower Leg
20 credits

Wounds to the lower leg are a significant cause of pain, anguish and distress to patients. The management of these long term conditions are often poorly managed in practice. This module aims to provide you with opportunities to develop your understanding of these conditions and their management. The module will provide you opportunities to explore the various assessment strategies, and management options that may be utilised in the care of these wounds. This module is aimed at healthcare practitioners who care for wounds affecting the lower leg.

Debridement and Adanced Wound Care
20 credits

The cost of chronic wounds has been estimated to be £2.3 to £3.1 billion per year in the UK. In order to reduce long term costs and improve wound healing rates use of advanced skills in wound care need to become part of the tissue viability practitioner’s tool kit. This module will enable the healthcare practitioner to explore the techniques and consider the support and requirements needed to adopt them into practice.

Pressure Injuries Prevention and Treatment
20 credits

Pressure injuries are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality across all age groups. Preventing pressure injuries is high on the agenda for the NHS and for other healthcare institutions globally. This module will address the considerations needed to implement clinically an effective pressure injury prevention and treatment strategy.

This module is aimed at healthcare practitioners who wish to explore the prevention and treatment of pressure injury.

Using Research Evidence in Practice
20 credits

This module will provide you with the knowledge and skills to use research evidence in practice which will help contribute to your development as a qualified healthcare professional. The module will enhance your knowledge of evidence and its uses to help inform your practice. You will be able to understand how evidence can be implemented to improve practice.

Negotiated Study
20 credits

This module allows you the opportunity to:

  • Critically analyse the contemporary literature relating to your chosen topic
  • Formulate arguments to demonstrate in depth knowledge relating to your chosen topic
  • Analyse how this learning has supported or developed knowledge and practice.

Postgraduate (Level 7)

To complete this pathway, two of the following modules must be completed for year one, and a third can either be chosen from this list or from the range of modules available from the Professional Practice Programme to complete year two:

  • Wounds Affecting the Lower Leg
  • Debridement and Advanced Wound Care
  • Pressure Injuries Prevention and Treatment.
Wound Care Theory and Practice
20 credits

Wounds are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality as well as significant risk to global health care economies. The module aims to provide you with the opportunity to critically reflect on the evidence based principles underpinning wound care, encouraging your development of excellent interdisciplinary principles and practices of wound care management, together with the skills necessary to foster lifelong learning within this challenging field

Wounds Affecting the Lower Leg
20 credits

Wounds to the lower leg are a significant cause of pain, anguish and distress to patients. The management of these long term conditions are often poorly managed in practice. This module aims to provide you with opportunities to develop your understanding of these conditions and their management. The module will provide you opportunities to explore the various assessment strategies, and management options that may be utilised in the care of these wounds. This module is aimed at healthcare practitioners who care for wounds affecting the lower leg.

Debridement and Adanced Wound Care
20 credits

The cost of chronic wounds has been estimated to be £2.3 to £3.1 billion per year in the UK. In order to reduce long term costs and improve wound healing rates use of advanced skills in wound care need to become part of the tissue viability practitioner’s tool kit. This module will enable the healthcare practitioner to explore the techniques and consider the support and requirements needed to adopt them into practice.

Pressure Injuries Prevention and Treatment
20 credits

Pressure injuries are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality across all age groups. Preventing pressure injuries is high on the agenda for the NHS and for other healthcare institutions globally. This module will address the considerations needed to implement clinically an effective pressure injury prevention and treatment strategy.

This module is aimed at healthcare practitioners who wish to explore the prevention and treatment of pressure injury.

Research: Methods of Enquiry
20 credits

You will be provided with quantitative and qualitative research methods that will satisfy your learning needs. You will identify a population and sample, consider methods of data collection and analysis, strengthen credibility and apply ethical principles, providing a sound foundation for your final Masters project.

Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health
20 credits

Through a flexible provision, on this module students are inspired to reflect critically upon their individual learning needs as well as their organisations’ practices, to appraise and apply concepts from the literature on leadership, to issues of relevance for their role, organisation and overall programme of study.

This module also focuses on pursuing excellence in leadership and project management principles and encouraging practice-led, applied knowledge for students to lead service improvement and/or policy change effectively and efficiently.

Research Dissertation
20 credits

The dissertation module gives you the opportunity to:

  • Initiate, plan and design an investigation into an academic area of professional practice 
  • Conduct an academic study considering its theoretical underpinning and offer insight into an area of professional practice 
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate findings appropriate to the study undertaken
  • Critically reflect on the processes undertaken as part of the study and offer creative solutions for future studies

Degree (Level 6)

Pathway Level
Level 6 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Wound Care Theory and Practice (LBR6578)
Wounds Affecting the Lower Leg (LBR6580)
Debridement and Advanced Wound Care (LBR6571)
Exit Awards
Grad Cert/BSc Professional Practice (Tissue Viability)

Level 6 - Year 2 (BSc (Hons only)
Using Research Evidence in Practice (LBR6553)
Negotiated Study (LBR6547)
Pressure Injuries Prevention and Treatment (LBR66575)
BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Tissue Viability)

Postgraduate (Level 7)

Pathway Level
Level 7 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Wound Care Theory and Practice (LBR7527)
Debridement and Advanced Wound Care (LBR7521)
Pressure Injuries: Prevention and Treatment (LBR7524)
Exit Awards
PG Cert Professional Practice (Tissue Viability)

Level 7 - Year 2
Research: Methods of Enquiry (LBR7339)
Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health (LBR7399)
Wounds Affecting the Lower Leg (LBR7530)
PG Dip Professional Practice (Tissue Viability)

Level 7 - Year 3
Research Dissertation
MSc Professional Practice (Tissue Viability)
SNTA winner
Student Nursing Times Award Winner

Post Registration Education Provider of the Year

Course dates

Please check the course dates to see when your chosen modules are available throughout the year.

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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Pat davies profile

Pat Davies

Senior Lecturer

Pat has been a part of tissue viability services since 1997, with an interest in tissue viability for much longer. Her interest really took off whilst undertaking her dissertation for a BSc which looked at pressure ulcers, particularly pressure ulcer risk assessment tools. Following this Pat joined the various societies and became active in her local Trust before moving over 100 miles to take a job a clinical nurse specialist in Tissue Viability. In the role she was a single handed TVN covering hospital and community settings, a challenging and very informative role. 

She set her sights on nurse management, but missed tissue viability enormously. So she jumped at the chance of a senior lecturers post at Birmingham City University. Pat has been on the teaching staff here since then, as both module leader and course leader for tissue viability. She enjoys teaching and finds the chance to discuss and explore aspects of tissue viability very fulfilling both personally and professionally. Presently working with the pre-registration module leaders to ensure tissue viability is fed through the curriculum so ensuring we meet and hopefully exceed the expectations of the NMC. 

Pat maintains links with practice through groups and societies.

Additionally Pat has spoken at various conferences and meetings, and has just contributed towards two book chapters on the subjects of wound management and tissue viability.

Pat has maintained her professional updating completing the Post Graduate Diploma in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair, and an MSc in Health Studies. She is now undertaking a PhD around the area of her interest heel pressure ulceration. 

Pat has been an external examiner for Tissue Viability Modules at Swansea University.

Course Enquiries

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The Professional Practice Programme consists of a selection of modules that can be studied on their own or as part of an award. For help in deciding which modules to study or your outcome award please contact our Professional Navigators on navigator@bcu.ac.uk 

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