LE4001 - Introduction to Evidence Based Practice in Health and Ill Health Registered Nurse Learning Disability

What will I learn on this module?

This module begins your journey into becoming a learning disability nurse. You will learn about the fundamental values, skills and knowledge required and gain insight into the context of care for people with a learning disability and the indifferent perceptions of society.
You will explore the aetiology of learning disabilities including environmental and genetic causes. You will also be introduced to the needs of people with a learning disability and consider how the specialist learning disability nurse applies holistic care to meet those needs. Key themes, including equality and societal values will be an integral part of this module.

Subjects will include; the diverse roles of a learning disability nurse, genetics, person centeredness and how to develop your emotional intelligence. As well as communication, implementing value based safe and effective care and professionalism.
You will explore the experiences of people with a learning disability and their families/carers. This will be done through clinical practice by engaging with experts by experience and practitioners specialising in learning disability. This module enables you to discover and develop your value base, which will enable you to challenge discrimination.

You will also discover how to search and apply the relevant evidence base in learning disability nursing.

How will I learn on this module?

You learn through electures, workshops, skill rehearsal, directed, independent and group learning. Some content is delivered via a ‘flipped classroom’ learning approach, (a mix of e-lectures, seminars and practical’s). This means that you will have access appropriate resources before and after taught sessions. This is available via Blackboard Ultra (BBU) and provides you with an opportunity to revisit theories and concepts so you can undertake a series of guided exercises, as many times as you need.

You have opportunities for simulation based education sessions utilising the state of the art clinical skills centre. This will help you to link theories and concepts to learning disability practice and reflect upon your learning experiences. This module links directly with your practice learning activities and academic enquiry skills; to help you learn how to access the research in learning disability practice.

The feedback from your summative assessment will explain the mark awarded and also signpost and develop your future learning to enable you to become a successful learning disability nurse.

Preparation for seminars and workshops will also assist your learning. This preparatory work will be achieved by engaging in Independent Study. The materials will include interactive learning packages, workbooks and media outputs. The Module Team will provide advice on how and when to engage in your Tutor Guided Independent Study.

In this module you will also learn by reading, this is vital for your academic and clinical development. Reading will provide you with technical information to enhance the evidence base for your clinical practice. Reading is also necessary for you to appraise the merits of a variety of writing styles; adopting the strongest and best of the characteristics in your own work to demonstrate progression in your scholarship.

You will be engaging in Student Independent Learning. You will be able to choose what you would like to study in more detail. You can spend time preparing for your module assessment and /or generating evidence for your clinical practice placement.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by a dedicated team of academics who are also experienced Registered Learning Disability Nurses, who will support your learning and development of academic skills. Support and guidance is given through clear directed learning activities, small group seminar sessions and simulation activities. All support can be recorded for your benefit and all support will be in line with any Disabled Student Services Report (DSSR) recommendations.

Personal Tutors and the Module Team will offer further support and can be contacted via telephone, email, or in person – contact details are available via BBU.

BBU supports your learning including opportunities for group learning, peer support and discussions with a wider audience on contemporary practice issues.

At each campus is a dedicated student space providing access to Ask4Help, appointments with expert advisors, group training, and a wide-range of drop-in opportunities. Student Central is located at City Campus Library (24/7 during term time); City Campus East, and Coach Lane Library.

A seminar will be facilitated to enable a group discussion focussing on the module assessment task. This means you can then progress to your next set of learning activities.

You will be supported by a dedicated team of academics who are also experienced Registered Learning Disability Nurses. The module team also consist of people with a learning disability/carers and specialist and non-learning disability specialist practitioners, all of whom will support your learning and development. Support and guidance is given through clear directed learning activities, e-lectures, small group seminars and workshops. All support will be in line with any Disabled Student Services Report (DSSR) recommendations

Your personal tutor and the module team offer further support and can be contacted via telephone, email, or in person – contact details are available via Blackboard Ultra.

The electronic media (e.g. elp/twitter) will support your learning including opportunity for group learning, peer support and discussions with a wider audience on contemporary practice issues.

You can access the 24 hour IT Helpline, Student Support and Wellbeing Services, Skills Plus to support your academic work and the Ask4Help Service for other enquiries. You will also have access to the full range of student administration and support services offered by Northumbria University which includes library and learning support outlined fully in the programme handbook. Additionally relevant materials, including the electronic reading list and other aids will be available via Blackboard Ultra/library services to enhance and support your learning.

Technology enhanced learning will facilitate your learning and enable flexibility and independence as you progress through the module; Blackboard Ultra will enable you to access general module information, review all taught content remotely and will host interactive e-learning materials that support taught sessions.

A seminar will also be facilitated to enable a group discussion focussing on the module assessment task, this will enable you to progress on to your next set of learning activities.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. An understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of learning disability nursing theory.
2. Explore the fundamental concepts of the nature and breadth of Learning Disability (What it is and what it is not a learning disability).

Intellectual / Professional Skills & Abilities:

3. In your transition into Higher Education, you will have the opportunity to develop personal and academic skills. Develop evidence based communication.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

4. The ability to reflect on personal values, in order to adopt anti-discriminatory practice.
5. How to promote individuality, independence, rights, choice and inclusion for people with a learning disability.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment:
Will be a 500 word essay focusing on learning disability and collaborative working. Written feedback will be given by the module team, with an expectation that this will inform the summative assessment. Module Learning Outcomes 1, 3 and 5

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment on this module will consist of a 2000 word assignment. There is 100% weighting.
Here you will have the opportunity to use evidence based practice to discuss the aetiology of learning disability. The assignment is submitted electronically and feedback will be provided on the submission.
Module Learning Outcomes 1, 2 3, 4 and 5.




NS0423, NS0424, NS0425, LE4002
All modules at level 4

Module abstract

This module is the beginning of your journey to becoming a Registered Learning Disability Nurse. Through the engagement with evidence based learning and group work you will discuss and debate core concepts and ideas about contemporary Learning Disability practice in the 21st Century.

Enabling you to have the confidence to research the best evidence base for practice, become critical thinkers and champions/supporters of people with a learning disability. It will strengthen your ability to make theory - practice links and enable you to articulate your knowledge and skills to carry them forward into your academic and clinical journey.

The assessment is designed to develop your study skills, to search relevant databases in the field of learning disability nursing. Which will consolidate your knowledge and academic writing at this stage.

Course info

UCAS Code B741

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 Years Full Time

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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