This is an innovative part-time graduate certificate programme of study in Orthopaedic Care has been 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 who wish to further their knowledge, skills and expertise in this field whilst building on a graduate understanding of knowledge attainment.
Candidates must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council or the Healthcare Professions Council, or with an equivalent regulatory body and be working within an area providing orthopaedic care.
(20 credits each) must be undertaken to exit with the named award, Graduate
Certificate in Orthopaedic Care. .
- Foundations of Orthopaedic
Plus 2 of
- Trauma Orthopaedic Care
- Elective Orthopaedic Care
- Independent Study for
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.
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 trauma
Elective 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 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