Principles and practice of tissue viability, NU3193 Short Course

Principles and practice of tissue viability, NU3193 Short Course

At UCLan, our post-qualifying framework (PQF) allows health and social care practitioners to continue their professional development and achieve further qualifications in their field. You have the opportunity to study individual modules in subject areas that interest you. You can select from a comprehensive and contemporary range of modules that fit your personal development and career plans; either on an individual basis or combined in a planned programme to eventually achieve a degree.

Entry and Admissions

AWARD TYPE: Short Course

STUDY MODE: Part time


COURSE LENGTH: 6 study days over 12 weeks (20 credits at level 6) Supported by E-Learn

SCHOOL: School of Sport and Health Sciences

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: January 2021

Entry Requirements:

Students must be working in a clinical area relevant to the module content

Course Content

This module prepares practitioners to be exposed to issues concerning tissue viability and its maintenance. It allows the student to investigate the potential for tissue breakdown and follow systems of care that will prevent, heal and manage problems of tissue viability. The module exposes the student to the anatomy and physiology of the skin, the maintenance of skin integrity and the possibilities of skin breakdown. Wound assessment, wound bed preparation and wound management form an integral part of the teaching and class room discussions as well as various debridement methods and the ethical governance of such methods and general care of people with damaged tissue.

The knowledge and skills imperatives of this module is to allow the nurse to achieve competencies in the sphere of tissue viability nursing by extending their communication abilities and taking on board items dealing with tissue viability. They are expected to develop their skills in management of tissue viability nursing, to assess patients and deal with risk assessment of unaffected patients, to contribute to other areas with potentials for creating problems of tissue viability management and eventually be experienced in those areas. 

Learning Environment & Assessment

Module assessment: 90 minute Examination (Multiple Choice and Short Answer paper).

3000 word essay.

Reflective Practice Log Book

Academic Expertise

Experts from the field of teaching and learning and from the clinical field deliver this module content.

Learning outcome & aims

Module Aims:
This module aims to prepare practitioners to critically examine their approach in the maintenance of patients’ tissue and skin integrity and viability. It also aims to encourage practitioners to develop critical and reflective approaches to patients with wounds through enquiry and evidence based practice

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:
1. Assess the viability of skin and identify reasons for tissue breakdown
2. Analyse the factors which lead to wound development
3. Analyse impediments and aggravating factors in wound healing
4. Develop and consolidate skills in wound assessment and management
5. Promote health and analyse evidence based practice for the care of healthy and damaged skin
6. Critically review current practice in relation to both the ethical and legal imperatives in care administration and management.

Industry links & professional accreditation

As part of the SLA contract you will be working in the clinical area when undertaking this module. You will link with specialist areas in your workplace during this module.

Work experience and international opportunities

This module forms part of the CPD and top up degree provision and does not offer opportunities for oversees.

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.

The School of Health offers a range of Post Graduate study for students to further develop both academic and clinical knowledge skills and attitudes. Speak to your course leader for further advise, or to the contracts unit detailed in the application section below.

Fees & Funding

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

£765 per 20 credits

How to Apply

Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel. 01772 893836 or 01772 893839

Contact Information

Course information: Lisa Broadley, Lecturer, 01772 895190,

Module information: Debi Spencer, Module Leader 01772 894584

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

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