SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MMB723445
Module Leader Yvonne Millerick
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This theory-based module aims to support participants to critically analyse and evaluate the principles and theories of optimal care management of persons living with and dying from chronic and/or advancing heart failure. A range of evidenced based topics/themes applicable at a national and international level will be utilised throughout. Participants will critically explore the causes and effects of heart failure and will have the opportunity to evaluate current diagnostic, assessment, planning and interventional strategies and frameworks to encourage gold standard care. Participants will regard patients and their significant others as genuine partners throughout this whole process and will work together in seeking the best outcome for each individual.


Pathophysiology and Bio-psychosocial impact of chronic/advanced heart failure Policy drivers: National and International strategies Evidence based guidance and best practice Patient Centred Care principles and strategies Health Inequalities Empowerment and advocacy Collaborative working for health and well- being Integrating a holistic approach to comprehensive assessment, quality and optimal care outcomes. Heart Failure as a progressive, life limiting condition

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to 1. Synthesise the evidence base relating to the determinants that link socio-economic variables to the development and progression of heart failure.2. Explain the physiological and pathophysiological intricacies associated with sequential development of heart failure.3. Interpret outcomes from all assessments, examinations and diagnostic / therapeutic interventions to plan, implement and evaluate appropriate evidence based individualised care.4. Justify appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic interventions based on synthesis of all patient specific data.5. Critically appraise the major management regimes offered by the primary, secondary and tertiary health and social care multidisciplinary teams who work towards supporting clients with heart failure and their significant others.6. Formulate and evaluation a comprehensive patient focused and integrated management plan that takes cognisance of the evidence base and holism philosophy7. Critically evaluate the impact of co-morbidities on the management of chronic heart failure.8. Critically analyse and evaluate contemporary policies and frameworks as they relate to supporting the prevention, management and supportive palliation of chronic heart failure.9. Evaluate the bio-psychosocial impact of chronic/advanced heart failure on individuals, carers, families and society10. Evaluate the contribution of partnership working within and across health, social care sector and other relevant contributors

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. The main activities to be carried out by students are directed and independent study to develop knowledge and skills relating to the module syllabus. The teaching and learning strategies to be employed include lectures/video lectures, podcasts, narrated presentations, seminars/online a/synchronous discussion and tutorials/online self-directed study to engage the students in the key concepts which will then be developed through guided activities and directed learning.

Indicative Reading

-360 1. Beattie, J. Goodlin, S. 2008, Supportive Care in Heart Failure , Oxford University Press. New York. -360 2. Blue L., Stewart S. 2004, Improving Outcomes in Chronic Heart Failure: Specialist nurse intervention from research to practice, 2 nd edn, British Medical Journal Books, London. 3. Carrier, J. 2009 Managing Long-term Conditions and Chronic Illness in Primary Care , Routledge, Oxon. 4. Johnson, M., Lehman, R. 2006, Heart Failure and Palliative care: a team approach, Radcliffe Publishing, London. 5. Johnson M., Hogg K., Beattie J. 2012, Heart Failure from Advanced Disease to Bereavement, Oxford Specialist Handbooks in End of Life Care , Oxford University Press, Oxford. 6. Jones, C., Bell, D., Witter, P. 2006, Issues in Heart Failure Nursing , M&K Update, London. 7. McCormack, B., McCance, T., 2010 Person-centred nursing: Theory and practice. Chichester Wiley-Blackwell 8. McDonagh, T., Gardner, R.S., Clark, A.L., Dargie, H. 2011, Oxford Textbook of Heart Failure, Oxford University Press, Oxford. 9. Sutton, G. & Chattergee, K. 2009, Heart Failure: Current Clinical Understanding , Remedica Springer, Netherlands. National and European Guidelines - McMurray, J.J., Adamopoulos, S., Anker, S.D., Auricchio, A., Bf6hm, M., Dickstein, K., et al. 2012, ESC Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic heart failure , European journal of heart failure, Vol. 14, no. 8, pp. 803-869. Available at: <> [Accessed 8th November 2014]. National Institute for Clinical Excellence 2010, Chronic Heart Failure: Management of chronic heart failure in adults in primary and secondary care, Guideline no. 108 , [online] . HMSO, London. Available at: <> [Accessed 8th November 2014]. URLs: British Heart Foundation <> Dept of Health <> National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence: <> Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network: <> Scotland's Health on the Web: <> British Cardiovascular Society: <> Scottish Government / Health: <> Heart-e Learning Modules <>

Transferrable Skills

- Work in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning, personal development and practice competence. - Develop communication and IT skills to underpin effective learning. - Communicate effectively in both written and oral forms. - Work effectively with others. - Underpin professional development by integration of theory and practice.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FDL) 222.00
Assessment (FDL) 30.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Tutorials (PT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 222.00
Independent Learning (PT) 222.00
Assessment (PT) 30.00
Tutorials (FDL) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 36.00
Lectures (PT) 36.00
Lectures (FDL) 36.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 50% 5000 word essay