SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B726115
Module Leader Alan Middleton
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module allows students to build upon existing knowledge and understanding of learning disability nursing and provides an opportunity to apply associated theory to practice in a multi-agency care environment. The Government health and social care policy focuses on integrated practice, and students will be given the opportunity to consider the requirements of safe and effective learning disability nursing practice within this emerging health and social care context. Student will also undertake a practice learning experience. Theoretical concepts will be applied to practice to develop knowledge and understanding.


-360b7 Community practice including comparative policy and practice on disability, mental health and autistic spectrum disorder b7 Palliative care, end-of-life care and advance care planning b7 Pharmacology and pathophysiology b7 Measuring service outcomes b7 Caseload management, care coordination b7 Leadership in health and social care integrated services b7 Service design b7 Personal outcome-based support plans b7 Commissioning and procurement b7 Self-directed support b7 International perspectives b7 Quality of Life Measurement b7 National Quality indicators b7 Resource Allocation Frameworks in health and social care b7 Health literacy b7 Future Nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (NMC 2018) b7 Practice Assessment Document b7 NMC Platforms and Proficiencies b7 NMC Annexes A & B: Skills and Procedures Mandatory skills -360b7 Numeracy b7 Fire safety b7 Participation in immediate life support b7 Dementia Excellence Framework -enhanced level NMC Proficiencies 1.12, 1.14, 1.15 3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 3.6, 3.14, 3.16 4.1, 4.4, 4.5, 4.7, 4.9, 4.12, 4.13, 4.14. 4.15, 4.16, 4.17, 4.18 5.8, 5.9, 5.11, 5.12 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, 6.7, 6.9, 6.11, 6.12 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.6, 7.7, 7.8, 7.9, 7.10, 7.12, 7.13

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:-1. Critically discuss approaches to assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation in learning disability nursing, using a range of evidence-based approaches and tools, and apply these to the formulation of care plans with individuals and their families within a framework of organisational and fiscal constraints.2.Understand the principles and best practice in relation to the delivery of evidence-based interventions for people with learning disabilities including the application of legislation relating to capacity and consent to treatment.3.Examine the principles of nurse management, care co-ordination and the role of effective leadership in learning disability nursing in the planning and delivery of high quality care.4.Discuss the impact of pharmacology and pathophysiology on the physical and mental health of people with a learning disability.5.Apply the principles of palliative care, end-of-life care and advance care planning and apply these to the care and treatment of people with learning disabilities, their families and carers.6.With reference to the Participation in Care Framework, demonstrate safe, effective and person-centred practice at the INDEPENDENT level of performance.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered using blended learning approaches, including simulation and case based scenarios to improve the student experience. 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. Students will be supported in practice by a supervisor and a practice assessor in the Practice Learning Experience (PLE) to develop their professional skills in practice. The level of supervision provided to the student will reflect their own individual learning needs.

Indicative Reading

ATHERTON, H., CRICKMORE, D., 2011. Learning Disabilities, Towards Inclusion . 6 th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. BARR, O. & GATES, B., 2018. Oxford handbook of learning and intellectual disability nursing . Oxford: Oxford University Press. EMERSON, E. & HATTON, C., 2014. Health Inequalities and People with Learning Disabilities . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. HEALTH EQUALITIES FRAMEWORK, 2013. The Health Equalities Framework (HEF). An outcomes framework based on the determinants of health inequalities. [online]. UK Learning Disability Nurse Consultant Network. [viewed 25 August 2019]. Available from: <> JENKINS, R. & MIDDLETON, A., 2018. Safeguarding Adults with Learning Disabilities in MACINTYRE, G., STEWART, A. & MCCUSKER, P., Safeguarding Adults, Key Themes and Issues. UK: Macmillan Education, pp132-151. LINDSAY, R.W. AND TAYLOR, J.L., 2018. The Wiley Handbook on Offenders with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Research, Training, and Practice . Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. MOULSTER, G., LORIZZO, J., AMES, S. & KERNOHAN, J., 2019. The Moulster and Grifiths Learning Disability Nursing Model - A Framework for Practice . London: Kingsley Publishers. NORTHWAY, R., REES, S., DAVIES, M., WILLIAMS, S., 2017. Hospital passports, patient safety and person centred care: A review of documents currently used for people with intellectual disability in the UK. Journal of Clinical Nursing . 26 (23-24), pp.5160-5168. SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT, 2012. Strengthening the Commitment: The report of the UK Modernising Learning Disabilities Nursing Review [online] Edinburgh: Scottish Government. [viewed 25 August 2019] Available from: <> SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT, 2013. T he keys to life - Improving Quality of Life for People with Learning Disabilities. [online] Edinburgh: The Stationary Office. [viewed 25 August 2019]. Available from: <> TAGGART, L., COUSINS, W., 2013. Health Promotion for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities . Oxford: Open University Press. WILLIAMS, V., 2013. Learning Disability Policy and Practice. Great Britain: Palgrave Macmillan.

Transferrable Skills

Development, or enhancement, of -360a7 Independent learning skills a7 Critical thinking and decision making skills a7 Study, IT and time management skills a7 Professional and ethical values aligned with professional practice a7 Communication and team working a7 Theory and practice integration and problem solving

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Placement 234.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Practicals (FT) 9.00
Independent Learning (FT) 138.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Seminars (FT) 9.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam 01 3.00 100.00 40% 3 hour exam
Placement 01 n/a 0.00 40% 12 week placement