Lymphoedema Specialist Practice NURSING4022P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This is Course 4 of a four course graduate diploma programme but can be accessed directly where pre-requisites are me, leading to the award of a Graduate Certificate. The course provides the student with an opportunity to further develop the advanced skills and knowledge learnt during course 3 'Managing Complex Lymphoedema' to apply to a range of complex lymphoedema patients in the context of the most contemporary evidence and themes. Learning of theory is consolidated with seminars, workshops, workplace and on-line learning to enhance the skills of an advancing practitioner in this field.


This is a work-based 10 week course with two taught days, supported by online learning and workplace mentors.

Requirements of Entry

Applicants will normally hold a first degree or equivalent and a professional qualification of either Registered Nurse or Allied Health Professional, 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 and have completed the Managing Complex Lymphoedema (SCQF level 10) course or equivalent.


A 500 word discussion of a potential service development/audit/research (ILOs 3 & 5, weighting 20%)

A 2,000 critical reflection of a contemporary multi-professional treatment plan based on a patient assessment, treatment plan and reviews using standard documentation (ILOs 1,2,4-7, weighting 80%). 


Course Aims

This course will provide the student with the opportunity to further develop the theory and practice of advanced skills in the management of complex lymphoedema including the Casley-Smith technique of Manual Lymphatic Drainage, applying knowledge of contemporary issues and latest evidence to critical clinical decision making.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. demonstrate the adaptation of treatment plans for patients with complex lymphoedema or advanced disease in the light of recent best evidence or changes to clinical knowledge.

2. devise a multi-professional management programme for a lymphoedema patient with multi-pathology or complex needs giving consideration to the latest techniques and innovation.

3. critically discuss how service audit or research can inform a current issue within practice.

4. critically evaluate the role of the lymphoedema specialist with patients with rare presentations.

5. critically reflect on clinical practice problems and their own practice in managing complex situations and in relation to relevant literature

6. discuss the use of ethical frameworks in the management of ethical issues and their implications for practice

7. demonstrate effective and sensitive communication and an interdisciplinary approach in determining patient priorities and planning interventions to meet the patient's holistic needs

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Achievement of grade D3 or above in all of the written assignments. Students must also demonstrate achievement of competence in lymphoedema management skills taught and spend a minimum of 5 hours with their mentor.

Achievement of clinical competencies confirmed by a mentor with whom the student has worked for a minimum of 5 hours (ILOs 1,2,6,7).