Introduction to Chronic Oedema Management AdvCert

Introduction to Chronic Oedema Management AdvCert
The Advanced Certificate in Introduction to Chronic Oedema Management is designed to enhance the student's capacity to manage lymphoedema in the clinical setting. This is done through reflection, dialogue and rehearsal of practical skills.

The Chronic Oedema Management course meets the specific needs of the multi-disciplinary teams contributing to the management of lymphoedema, acknowledging contextual factors and ideological concerns associated with patients suffering from this condition. Anatomy and physiology, comprehensive assessment, the appropriate treatment modalities for mild and uncomplicated oedema and palliative care are covered in depth.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:


Ancillary Award:




Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Part-time: Over two semesters, consisting of eight taught study days


School of Sport and Health Sciences

Partner Colleges:




Start Date:


Entry Requirements:

240-280 points at A2

Course Content

Course Outline:
The programme intends to support students in their development of practical skills, critical awareness and knowledge base in relation to chronic oedema. The programme will introduce professionals to the assessment and management of individuals who have disorders of their lymphatic system.

The programme will also enable students develop an awareness of research and development in this area and will support personal and/or organisational enquiry into this sphere of professional work.

The programme offered has compulsory theory and practical elements and is competence driven. Successful completion requires the attainment of key practical skills in lymphoedema management. The vehicle for the assessment of competence is the candidate's portfolio of evidence, together with authentication and commentary on the evidence and reflection on evidence based practice, plus practical assessment in the clinical arena.

Education and training in lymphoedema management is required to meet the service need for appropriately trained personnel. This double module, at academic Level 3, is to meet the need for the initial education and training requirements of identified key workers. This competency-based module is the first award that has been specifically developed that responds to these needs and in doing so take into account the Knowledge and Skills Framework.

It is anticipated that the key worker will act as a resource in providing basic advice on the management of mild and uncomplicated lymphoedema for staff and patients in their own clinical area.

This course has been designed to meet the needs of a potentially wide and diverse market.

Course at a Glance

Semester 1

  • NU3122 Introduction To Chronic Oedema Management

Learning Environment & Assessment:

The emphasis of the programme is upon the creation of a challenging learning environment with rapid transition to a student-led approach, as this is essential to facilitate your development to an autonomous and proactive learner. Teaching strategies employed will include group work, peer group review and support, lectures and directed reading. The course is built on interactive methods to increase confidence in practical and interpersonal abilities. A key element of this course is the practice support offered by a mentor experienced in the field of lymphoedema practice. The mentor will work locally with and support the student to develop the practical skills required to attain key worker level.

The programme is competence driven. The key vehicle for the assessment of competence is the candidate's portfolio of evidence supported by a 3,000 word narrative, together with verification of the development of key practical skills. The module must be successfully completed to qualify for the award.

Academic Expertise

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.

Graduate Careers

Upon gaining the Advanced Certificate creates opportunity to develop and run a Lymphoedema Service for mild and uncomplicated chronic oedema and within the palliative care setting. Most previous graduates have gone on to do this and then undertake further study to become Specialist Practitioners


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Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

For 2018/19 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:

Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE

Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839