Lymphoedema: application of core skills & knowledge NURSING3041P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This is Course 2 of a four course Graduate Diploma programme, or two course Graduate Certificate programme. This workplace learning course is designed by experienced clinicians and academics in the field to guide the student through the best current evidence to develop skills as critically reflective lymphoedema practitioners and consolidate the learning of core skills and knowledge gained on course 1"Lymphoedema: Core skills & knowledge". Mentor support in the workplace and on-line learning provide a range of practical and theoretical experiences to further develops learning from course 1 to enable the student to apply the knowledge & skills gained to a broader range of clinical scenarios with greater confidence including advanced disease, obesity and existing co-morbidities.


This 10 week work-based learning course in Semester 2 is supported by online learning using Moodle virtual learning environment, workplace mentors and University based tutors (remotely). The students will participate in a minimum of four on-line learning tasks to support the learning within the clinical workplace. They will be further supported by a minimum of two on-line or telephone tutorials.

Requirements of Entry

Applicants will normally hold a first degree or equivalent and a professional qualification of either Registered Nurse or Allied Health Professional. They must have a minimum clinical experience of equivalent of 2 years full time employment since qualifying; currently be working with or have pre-arranged access to patients with chronic oedema/lymphoedema; have confirmed support of management. In addition they must have completed the Lymphoedema: core skills & knowledge course.


Two critical discussions:

Summative 1 is a 1200 word critical discussion (Learning outcomes 4 & 5, Weighting 40%)

Summative 2 is a 2000 word critical discussion (Learning Outcomes 1-5, weighting 60%)

Course Aims

To develop the students' ability to adapt core lymphoedema care knowledge and skills to the assessment and management of patients with chronic oedema/lymphoedema where co-morbidities exist.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. discuss the implications of co-morbidities or progression of disease on the decisions affecting the management plan

2. demonstrate adaptation and development of lymphoedema core skills, including strategies to support self management

3. critically reflect on adaptation to the management strategy to account for co-morbidities or condition progression

4. implement and critically reflect on the teaching and rehabilitative role of the lymphoedema practitioner in chronic oedema management

5. recognise limitations and when onward referral is appropriate.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Achievement of grade D3 or above in each of the written assignments - a minimum of 5 hours with a workplace mentor, achievement of clinical competencies and submission of 3 pieces of course work, one of which involves participation in at least 4 Moodle online activities.

Achieve a minimum of 5-hour clinical competence