SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B723310
Module Leader Irene Kennedy
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Completion of progression point 2

Summary of Content

This theoretical module will focus on children who have a long term health condition, focusing on policy, evidence, empowerment and transition to adult services. A range of strategies will be explored to enhance safe, effective, person centred care and decision making in a variety of complex situations. The module will include teaching students how to create and support a quality culture, managing risk, and ensuring efficient and effective use of resources, effective coordination and communication between individuals, families and health and social care professionals, working to provide integrated care to support individuals in meeting their personal health goals.


Policy context for the care of patients with long term conditions Exploration of the evidence base and management of long term health conditions Promotion of health and well being to "live well" with a long term health condition Changing context of health care provision for individuals with long term health care needs Exploration of the concept of the expert patient, self care and personalisation in relation to long term conditions and health care The nurses role in supporting individuals and their families through the use of therapeutic interventions and therapeutic sue of self Positive risk taking Assessment and management of chronic pain Impact of long term health needs on families and siblings including exploration of theories of loss, grief and chronic sorrow in relation to living with a long term health condition Transition from child to adult services Exploration of palliative and end of life care Stress and coping strategies Digital health and concepts of health literacy Competencies D1 1.1, 1,2, 2.1, 3, 3.1, 4, 4.1, 5,6,7,8,9, D2 1, 1.1, 2,3,3.1,4,5,6 D3 1, 1.2, 2,4, 5, 5.1, 7,8, 8.1,9, 9.1 D4 1.1, 1.2, 2, 6.1,7, 7.1

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:1. Reflect upon current policy, research and associated evidence in children's nursing practice2. Critically evaluate a holistic and structures approach to the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care for children and their families3. Demonstrate effective communication in complex situations between individuals, families and health and social care professionals4. Examine the psychosocial, cultural and spiritual needs that may inform decision making 5. Examine the holistic needs that may inform decision making and practice within complex care scenarios6. Explore the principles of loss, grief and chronic sorrow in relation to children, young people and their families with long term conditions7. Analyse relevant theoretical perspectives in relation to managing the quality of the patient experience8. Analyse and apply frameworks that foster the provision of culturally sensitive care9. Critically review strategies to assess vulnerability from a person-centred, multi-disciplinary perspective

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered either online via GCULearn or face-to-face. Students may elect to study the module either online or face-to-face, but may not transfer between the two. Teaching and learning strategies will incorporate tutorial group sessions, lectures, self directed and on line learning. Key nursing theory will be delivered using a blended approach of on line, classroom based tutorials and lectures . Learning and teaching strategies will enhance student engagement, accessibility, flexibility and personalisation of the curriculum through the use of technology/digital learning where appropriate. Lecturers, service partners, users, carers and students will contribute to the authenticity of the teaching and learning experience.

Indicative Reading

Carter, B., Bray, L., Dickinson, A., Edwards, M., Ford, K. 2014, Child-Centred Nursing: Promoting Critical Thinking, Sage Publishing Ltd, London Carter, B. & Simons, J. 2014, Stories of Children's Pain: Linking Evidence to Practice, Sage Publishing Ltd, London Dobe, M. & Boris, Z. 2013, Practical Treatment Options for Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents: An Interprofessional Therapy Manual, Springer , New York. (e-book) Dorgra, N. 2009, A multidisciplinary handbook of child and adolescent mental health for front-line professionals . 2nd ed, Jessica Kingsley, London. Goldman, A., Hain, R., Liben, S. 2012, Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care for Children. Oxford Press, London. Hindmarsh, C. 2009, On the death of a child , 3 rd edn, Radcliffe Medical Press, Oxford. (e-book) Kaakinen, J.R., Gedaley-Duff V., Coehlo D.P. & Hanson S.M.H. eds. 2009, Family Health Care Nursing: theory, practice, and research, 4 th edn, F.A. Davis, Philadelphia. (e-book) Moule, P. & Goodman, M. 2014, Nursing Research: An Introduction, 2 nd edn, Sage Publishing Ltd, London Schuster McHugh, P. 2008, Concept Mapping: A Critical Thinking Approach to Care Planning . 2nd ed, F.A.Davis, Philadelphia. Sidey, A. & Widdas, D. 2005, Textbook of Community Children's Nursing . 2nd ed, Elsevier, New York. Wilson, K & James, A. 2007, Child Protection Handbook . 3rd ed, Balliere Tindall, Edinburgh. Wright, L.M. & Leahey, M 2009, Nurses and Families , 5 th edn, F.A. Davis, Philadelphia. Weekly Loan (e-book) Useful web links Modernising Nursing in the Community <> The National Genetic Education and Development Centre <> Children's Hospice Association Robin House Hospice <> International Society of Nurses in Genetics <> National Children's Bureau - Working with Children, for Children <> Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network <> Cystic Fibrosis Trust <> Children in Scotland <> Children's Services - Children and Young People's Services Managed Knowledge Network <>

Transferrable Skills

Develop independent learning by working is a self directed manner Develop study and IT skills to underpin effective learning Develop critical thinking, decision making and communication skills Work effectively with others Underpin professional practice through reflection and the integration of theory and practice Appreciate the need for a high level of ethical and professional conduct

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 132.00
Tutorials (FT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 100.00 40% Exam Office