CoursesKings College, London

Kings College, London

Education

Introduction

Excellence in research, education and practice are firmly linked and embedded in wound care courses run by King's College, London. All local Tissue Viability Specialist Nurses teach on one or more of these courses, and have a strong influence on course content, management and delivery. A range of wound care courses are offered which accrue academic credit; some have flexible modes of delivery.

King's has an international reputation for research, and some of its nursing academics are key players in the programme for Woundcare Research for Appropriate Products (WRAP) and hold key positions within EWMA (European Wound Management Association).

Courses

Tissue Viability
Level 6 (15 credits) PIN 319
Level 7 (15 credits)
This course will enable the practitioner to apply the principles of tissue viability to their own clinical area. The course participant will develop an analytical attitude to their practice and clinical area in light of current evidence based findings. The acquisition of knowledge and skills gained will be in three fundamental areas: wound assessment and management, evaluation of current tissue viability practice and health promotion. There is an additional 12-20 hours minimum supervised practice with a recognised assessor in the clinical environment.
Assessment: Level 6: 3500 word essay and competency assessment
                 Level 7: 4500 word portfolio and competency assessment (APL possible)

Course runs Term 2 (Jan-April)


Leg Ulcer Management
Level 5: (15 credits) PIA 206
Level 6: (15 credits) PIA 314
Level 5 (15 credits) PIA 213 (flexible learning)
Level 6 (15 credits) PIA 329 (flexible learning)
The aim of this course is to enable practitioners to develop critical understanding and clinical expertise in delivering and managing leg ulcer care within a changing healthcare environment. Participants will be given the opportunity to review current research in this area, critique their developing role, examine professional, ethical and legal issues, and develop and practise new skills. Assessment of clinical competence will require supervised practice which involves an additional 12-20 hours in a designated clinical leg ulcer setting, and is mandatory to complete this course. The course is delivered via taught or by flexible learning (some web based, some taught sessions).
Must have 6 months experience in, and currently working in, a relevant clinical area where patients present with leg ulceration, such as community nursing, dermatology, vascular nursing and elderly care. Must be familiar and confident with use of computer for the flexible learning options.
Assessment: Level 5: 3000 word essay and competency assessment
                 Level 6: 3500 word essay and competency assessment

Course runs in Term 1 (Sept-Dec).

Study days

Wound care: evidence-based practice (2-day study day)
These two-days will allow health care professionals to establish the principles and management of wound care, explore professional and ethical issues related to this area of nursing, and to critically examine research and evidence relevant to all aspects of wound care. It should be stressed that this course does not guarantee clinical competence in the management of patients with wounds. Practitioners wishing to gain clinical competence in this area should refer to the details of the level 6 tissue viability modules. The two-day wound care workshop is suitable for any branch of nursing where applicants are looking to revise their basic level of knowledge of wound healing and appropriate wound management.

Course runs 3 times per year.


Leg Ulcer Management (3-day study day)
This three-day course gives an overview of leg ulcer management. The anatomy and physiology of the vascular system is revisited and the principles and practice of Doppler ultrasound and compression bandaging explained, with an opportunity for hands-on practice within the classroom setting. Associated conditions of leg ulceration are also discussed. It should be stressed that this day does not guarantee clinical competence in the management of patients with leg ulceration. Practitioners wishing to gain clinical competence in this area should refer to the details of the level 5 and level 6 modules addressing leg ulcer management.

Course runs 3 times per year.

Contact

Irene Zeller or Michelle Burke


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