Blood borne viruses continue to be increasing communicable diseases within the UK. They cause serious morbidity, significant mortality and a loss of high numbers of potential years of life. This course will allow students who work with individuals affected by blood borne viruses to critically evaluate specialist theoretical knowledge underpinning contemporary care and management. The course is designed to enhance knowledge and skills that students may have acquired within their previous and current roles. It is appropriate for registered nurses/practitioners or Social Support Services staff who are currently working with HIV positive or Hepatitis positive individuals and their families/friends. Students will attend a series of lectures which address and explore key concepts and issues.
Entry and Admissions
Short Course / CPD
A maximum of six theory days delivered over a 14 week semester onsite and online.
School of Community Health and Midwifery
No Partner College
This course commences in Semester 2 (9am -4pm) on Wednesday March 20th 2013., Then runs over a Block Week of Study (Monday - Friday) (9am -4pm) From May 20th-24th 2013.,
Evidence of ability to undertake Level 3 or 4 study.
Current registration on NMC professional register.
Current employment within GUM or HIV or Hepatitis or related services.
This course will allow students who work with individuals affected by Blood Bourne Viruses to critically evaluate the specialist theoretical knowledge underpinning contemporary care and management and to develop their skills in the dissemination of information across a diverse range of settings. Content includes:
- Epidemiology of HIV and Hepatitis.
- Virology and the effects on the immune system.
- Disease progression.
- Current care and management of clients with HIV or Hepatitis.
- Pharmacology and HIV/Hepatitis treatments.
- The role of the Blood Bourne Virus specialist practitioner.
- Health promotion and prevention strategies.
- Stigma and prejudice.
- Political, psychological and societal influences.
- Professional, ethical and legal issues.
- Principles of teaching and presentation skills to individuals / groups.
The course is studied on a part-time basis. Theoretical content will be delivered via a Blended Learning approach which will consist of a maximum of six theory days delivered over a fourteen week semester and online work.
The course can be studied at Level 3 or Level 4 and equates to 20 credits at the level of study.
Learning Environment & Assessment:
A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used both in the classroom and online i.e. lectures, guided reading, discussions, group work, presentation preparation and reflective analysis. Observational visits are recommended to specialist HIV support services in order to enhance the learning experience.
You will be assessed theoretically via a written assignment and a presentation to peer group.
We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.
Learning outcome & aims
We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.
Industry links & professional accreditation
We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.
Work experience and international opportunities
At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.
The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.
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Fees & Funding
For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.
How to Apply
Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.
Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839