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Medical Needs of Adults with a Learning Disability HEA4505

Overview

This module has been designed for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals working at a senior level in this specific field to add to their skillset and to address a number of cross-cutting themes that will enable practitioners to provide high quality, person-centred care for adults with a learning disability. Successful completion of the module aims to enable learners to champion good care and provide clinical leadership in their workplace setting(s); for example, enabling practitioners to work in a ‘Learning Disability Physician/Practitioner Role’.

Module code: HEA4505
Level: 7
Credits: 30
Cost: £1170 for February 2023

Who is this module for?

This module has been designed for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals working at a senior level in the specific field of adult learning disability.

What are the key aims of the programme?

1. Critically appraise the impact of health inequalities, premature mortality, and multi-morbidity to systematically effect sound clinical leadership of the care of adults with a learning disability and a complex presentation of need within the wider multidisciplinary team.

2. Critically evaluate the non-standard presentation of illness (illness which may present atypically and therefore be easily missed) and the barriers to communication to manage person centred methods of assessment using multiple sources of complex data.

3. In the context of the wider MDT, apply in-depth knowledge, understanding and skills to synthesise, apply and critically evaluate a contemporary holistic person-centred management plan, advocating for individual human rights and using relevant legislation.

How will I study?

This module is delivered through a blend of in person teaching and on-line learning. Following an initial full day induction session, the remaining tutorials (5 x 3hr tutorials) will be delivered online. The module is delivered across two academic semesters.

What Will I Study?

The module will develop knowledge, skills and behaviours relating to specific areas of expertise that will include for example, genetics and syndromes, acute infective presentations, neurology and epilepsy, mental illness, behaviour that challenges and dementia, managing complexity and multi-morbidity, medicines management and communication. Within each area, cross-cutting themes such as person-centred care, application of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, safeguarding, clinical leadership and coordination of the multidisciplinary team and application of reasonable adjustments will be considered.

How will I be assessed?

To demonstrate your achievement of the module learning outcomes you will have to complete two assessments.

The first assessment requires the submission of a portfolio of evidence where you must demonstrate meeting the requirements of an assessment decision aid which requires learners to undertake a minimum of three mini-CEX and three Case-based Discussions (CBD) in addition to other forms of supporting evidence.

You will also be required to submit a minimum of four critical reflections of personal professional development episodes linked to key patient-doctor interactions, including one reflection based upon patient and carer feedback.

On successful completion you will:

Study dates and venues

Venue: TBC

Starts: Monday 6 February 2023

Session times:

  • Monday 6 February 9.30am – 12.30pm, 1 – 4pm
  • Tuesday 7 March 1-4pm online
  • Tuesday 18 April 1-4pm online
  • Tuesday 23 May 1-4pm online
  • Tuesday 20 June 1-4pm online
  • Tuesday 25 July 1-3pm online

Further Information

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

We encourage you to apply as early as possible to give you the best chance to obtain a place on your preferred cohort, module applications will close as soon as the module is full. Applications received within two weeks of the start date may have to be considered for a later cohort.

For further details and to register an expression of interest, please contact [email protected] in the first instance.

Alternatively, you can contact the Medical School via email on [email protected].