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NPCG3014 Long Term Conditions and Care

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module builds on the previous Long Term Conditions module which you undertook as an element of your programme which focused on adult nursing. This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the holistic care of people who have long term health needs, such as living with chronic physical and / or mental health problems. This module will enable you to participate in the delivery of care which enables people and their families to live well with a long term condition.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on the influence of research evidence to nursing care of the child
  • Articulate a holistic and structured approach to the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care for children and their families
  • Explore the pathophysiology of long term conditions and the implications for nursing care
  • Critically reflect on the role of the nurse within the multidisciplinary team to promote effective transition of children and young people to adult services
  • Explore the principles of loss, grief and chronic sorrow in relation to children, young people and their families with long term conditions


• Policy context for the care of patients with LTC’s • The “Expert patient” • Genetics and genomics related to LTC’s • Exploration of the evidence, aetiology, symptoms, treatments and psychosocial management of long term conditions, including: • Promotion of health and well being to ‘live well’ with a long term conditions • Introduction to the changing context of health care provision for individuals with long term health care needs to include: o Lay care o Community resources and services o Information resources • Exploration of the concept of the expert patient, self care and personalisation in relation to long term conditions and health care • The nurses role in supporting individuals and their families through the use of therapeutic interventions and therapeutic use of self (including psychotherapeutic interventions) • Positive risk taking • Telehealth • Strategies for effective communication • Assessment and management of chronic pain • Legal and ethical principles and frameworks associated with the provision of care • Continuation of education • Impact of long term health needs on family and siblings including exploration of theories of loss, grief and chronic sorrow in relation to living with a long term health condition • Transition from child to adult services • School life • Exploration of palliative and end of life care

Special Features

This module is a generic module that encourages all fields to consider the experience of the individual and their family in disease trajectory across the life span and associated health and social care needs. The learning outcomes have been broken down into generic and field specific, but it is anticipated that in field specific groups relevant content will be further explored and led by the learner, as part of the group or individually and facilitated by the teacher. To this end content and resources accessed are no an exhaustive. The use of educational technology will be essential in ensuring broad access to generic and field specific resources

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Key note lectures Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Directed study Self directed Seminars

Completion of assessment task137
Total study time188

Resources & Reading list

Moore, A .J., Anderson, C., Carter B and Coad J. Appropriated landscapes: the intrusion of technology and equipment into the homes and lives of families with a child with complex needs. Journal of Child Health Care. ,14 , pp. 3-5.

On line resources and field appropriate publications including links to legislation, policy and guidance from Department of Health [DH] and Local and National Government and Non Governmental Organisations at Local and National Level. 

Grinyer A. (2007). Young People living with cancer. Implications for policy and practice. 

Support for children and young people.

Hewitt-Taylor J. (2008). Children with complex and continuing health needs. 



Individual Presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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