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Dermatology for Health Professionals

Key facts

  • Module codeNURU204
  • Start date 10 Sep 2018
  • Application deadline9 Jul 2018
  • Duration30 Weeks
  • Credit value SCQFSCQF 9 40
  • Fees Fees: £980. Overseas Fees: £1800.
  • Study mode Part-time, Distance learning, Online only

This module intends to further develop reflective practitioners who will be enabled to assess, diagnose and plan care for patients with dermatological conditions.

It is suitable for:

  • Clinicians entering general practice who would like to develop an interest in dermatology;
  • Trainees in general medicine who have chosen a future career in dermatology.

This module is suitable for nurses, doctors and AHPs.

  • Entrance requirements

    You must:

    • Have professional registration in nursing, or an allied health profession or be a medical trainee in Foundation Year 1 or 2;
    • Have access to patients and the support of a clinical supervisor.
    • Have access to sufficient dermatology practice experience.
    • Complete the Supervisors Agreement Form as part of your application to be approved by the module co-ordinator prior to your admission to this module.
  • Funding
  • Objectives

    On completion of this module you will be able to:

    • Identify risk related skin integrity and to develop and promote appropriate preventing strategies for dermatological conditions
    • Independently search for, identify, critique and use information related to their dermatology related practice.
    • Understand the processes that lead to dermatological conditions and develop plan and implement methods to prevent and treat dermatological conditions.
    • Be able to critically analyse patient information leading to improved outcomes
    • Use electronic resources to find information and be able to apply to practice situations.
  • Structure and content
    • Unit 1 - Anatomy and Physiology of the skin, epidemiology, risk factors and the impact of skin conditions on the psyche.
    • Unit 2 - Assessment, investigations and general principles of diagnosis
    • Unit 3 - Dermatological conditions and their management 1:  Skin tumours, wound healing and scarring
    • Unit 4 - Dermatological conditions and their management 2:  Inflammatory and major systemic disorders, the photodermatosis and pharmaceutical aspects of dermatology
    • Unit 5 - Infections associated with dermatological conditions
    • Unit 6 - Common Dermatological conditions and their management 3:  Acne, blistering, pigmentation disorders, leg ulcers, urticaria, angio-oedema, drug reactions and paediatric conditions
    • Unit 7 - Dermatological conditions and their management 4: Dermatitis
  • Delivery and assessment

    A web-based distance learning programme, utilising clinical experts as programme writers. It is NES funded and promotes the use of a wide range of electronic resources.

    The programme will be delivered in topic sections with integrated planned and themed asynchronous discussions. Electronic discussion areas will be utilised for peer support. Attendance is not required. Specific engagement with the web based materials is expected with an anticipated 400 hours of student effort.

    • Critical Incident Review. This aims to assess your ability to identify and reflect critically on an area of practice (30%)
    • Clinical Scenarios (online) examining analysis of assessment, diagnosis and treatment  30%)
    • Multiple choice exam to assess breadth of knowledge and delivered via Canvas (30%)
    • Completion of a work based competency framework to assess clinical competence (10%)
  • Module co-ordinator

    Nicola Cunningham

  • Employability

    This module provides an excellent foundation on which to build specialist training.

    You will learn how to use the internet to enhance knowledge and understanding in this area. There will be opportunities to make contact with other professionals and develop collaborative links potentially across the UK and beyond.

    As completion of this module indicates initiative and application, this may assist career development and progression.  It may contribute to the development of the Knowledge and Skills Framework section of your job description.

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