This is an innovative part-time programme of study in Orthopaedic Care, from University of the West of Scotland, designed for those registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council or the Health Professions Council (or an equivalent regulatory body) and who are working within an area providing orthopaedic care.
The UWS Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Care is delivered online for distance learning, and is aimed at nurses and other healthcare professionals who work in any clinical environment where orthopaedic care is delivered and wish to further their knowledge, skills and expertise in this field whilst building on a graduate understanding of knowledge attainment.
3 modules (20 credits each) must be undertaken to exit with the named award.
- Foundations of Orthopaedic Care
Plus 2 of the following:
- Trauma Orthopaedic Care
- Elective Orthopaedic Care
- Independent Study for Professional Practice
This provides a flexible approach to completion of the award as many healthcare professionals find themselves practising in clinical areas that deliver different modes of care to orthopaedic patients. The changing face of orthopaedic care delivery encompasses areas such as emergency care, inpatient wards, orthopaedic theatre, day surgery, rehabilitation, pre-operative assessment, outpatient clinics and community and the provision of choice of module would enable the student to complete study relevant to their practice.
Foundations of Orthopaedic Care
This module covers the knowledge underpinning orthopaedic practice and is relevant to all practitioners who work within the field of orthopaedic care. It is a pre-requisite for progression to the Trauma Orthopaedic Care and Elective Orthopaedic Care modules. Module content includes neuromusculoskeletal anatomy & physiology, disease processes (congenital, inflammatory, malignant, degenerative and metabolic), infection, pain management, traction and casting principles etc. Trauma Orthopaedic Care
Building upon the Foundations of Orthopaedic Care module, it aims to develop the healthcare professional's knowledge and skills in management of patients with a range of trauma orthopaedic conditions and injuries including triage, upper & lower limb, head, pelvic & spinal injuries and management, emergency service interaction etc. Healthcare professionals undertaking this module must be working with patients who have experienced orthopaedic trauma. Elective Orthopaedic Care
This module expands on the skills and knowledge gained in the Foundations of Orthopaedic Care module. It aims to develop the healthcare professional's knowledge and skills in management of patients with a range of inherited, acquired, metabolic or degenerative orthopaedic conditions including upper and lower limb surgery (incorporating reconstructive procedures and joint replacement), pre operative and rapid recovery services, multi agency working etc. Healthcare professionals undertaking this module must be working with patients who have experienced elective orthopaedic management. Independent Study for Professional Practice
This builds upon the Foundations of Orthopaedic Care module. The student will critically analyse an area of relevant clinical practice and provide evidence and recommendations for development/improvement, whilst respecting the cultural, diversity and vulnerability elements underpinning care delivery. Students will demonstrate an ability to work independently, setting their own goals and timelines for the completion this module and will be allocated an academic member of staff as a supervisor for the duration of the module.
Students who undertake a programme of study within the Orthopaedic Care portfolio will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to work effectively in this area of care delivery. The skills that students will gain can be mapped into the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework and as such enables individuals to engage with professional development activities in parallel with their academic development.