SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B723915
Module Leader Helena Kelly
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Registered Nurse

Summary of Content

This integrated theory and practice module aims to prepare the student to become knowledgeable and skilled in the assessment and management of leg ulceration. Consequently, student will explore evidence based clinical decision making, practice and multidisciplinary team working which takes account of local and national guidelines. The module will promote a holistic approach to assessment and care management, taking cognisance of the patient's journey.


Epidemiology Wound healing Pathophysiology of lower limb Ulceration Holistic assessment Doppler Ultrasound Pulse Oximetry Compression Therapy Management Plan (including prevention recurrence and provision of information) Dermatological conditions effecting leg Ulcers When to refer / multidisciplinary approach to care Application of Research and Evidence-based Practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate an understanding of the epidemiology and underlying pathophysiological mechanisms and risk factors contributing to lower limb ulceration2. Demonstrate a holistic and structured approach to the assessment of a patient with a leg ulcer to inform decision making3. Demonstrate knowledge of compression therapy as part of an evidence based management plan4. Reflect on the bio-psychosocial impact of leg ulceration and discuss the application of a person centred approach to prevention and recurrence of ulceration5. Explore the contribution of multidisciplinary and collaborative strategies to the delivery of effective patient care6. Appraise the national and local guidelines and their relevance to service delivery to promote safe and effective practice

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching and learning strategy involves a range of student centred methods including lectures, practical workshops, case study based seminars and group work. The virtual learning environment, GCU Learn, will provide a platform for peer support and independent study materials. These resources will provide opportunities for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject commensurate with SCQF level 9 characteristics. Similarly, academic guidance will be provided on an individual and group basis.

Indicative Reading

Bryant, R. 2011, Acute and Chronic Wounds: Current Management Concepts, Elsevier, St. Louis. Dealey, C. 2012, The Care of Wounds: A Guide for Nurses, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford. Flanagan, M. 2013, Wound Healing and Skin Integrity Principles and Practice, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford. Lindsay E, White R., 2008, Leg Ulcers and Problems of the Lower Limb: A holistic approach. Wound UK, Aberdeen. Moffatt, C. Martin, R., & Smithdale, R. 2007, Leg Ulcer Management, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) 2015, Leg ulcer-venous, [internet].Available at: <http://cks.nice.org.uk/leg-ulcer-venous> [accessed 3 August 2015]. Morrison, M., Moffatt, C., & Franks P., 2007, Leg Ulcers: a problem based learning approach. Mosby Elsevier, Edinburgh. Peate, I. & Glencross, W. 2015, Wound care at a Glance, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford. Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network, 2010, Management of chronic venous leg ulcers a national clinical guideline. (SIGN 120), Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network, Edinburgh.

Transferrable Skills

Develop independent learning by working in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning and personal development and practice competence 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
Tutorials (FT) 3.00
Lectures (FT) 18.00
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 144.00
Seminars (FT) 3.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) n/a 50.00 40% OSCE Examination - Pass mark 70%. (Normalised to 40)
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 40% Essay 2000 words