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Raising the standard of Lower Limb Preservation in Diabetes through consensus of evidence based "best practice" in patient care at all stages.

Summary

Study Lower Limb Preservation in Diabetes at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

In 2011, the International Diabetes Federation brought together world experts to develop the first ever Global Diabetes Plan 2011-2021 (Global Diabetes Plan 2011-2021) which sets out the evidence, cost effective solutions and tools for managing the global issue of diabetes in a coherent framework for action. The key strategy of The Global Diabetes Plan is to implement National Diabetes Programmes, defined as:

“a systematic and coordinated approach to improving the organisation, accessibility and quality of diabetes prevention and care"

Several landmark studies have demonstrated that, through a comprehensive package of treatment and support, the complications of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can be prevented or significantly delayed, enabling people with diabetes to live longer and healthier lives (Global Diabetes Plan 2011-2021). The sheer complexity of diabetic disease presents a need for integrated care provision at all stages of the patients journey.

The postgraduate certificate/ diploma/ MSc in Lower Limb Preservation in Diabetes aims to meet, in part, the key strategy of the Global Diabetes Plan by the provision of an international educational programme that takes an integrated approach to the management of diabetic disease and its effects in the lower limb.

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About this course

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About

Nationally/ internationally there are a number of courses/residency programmes offering advanced learning in the field of patients with at risk lower limbs predominantly suffering from diabetes. All of these have merit but lack academic foundation or approval in the realms of infection, revascularisation, surgical management and optimisation of outcome for those patients at risk and who may ultimately face amputation.

The Postgraduate Certificate/ Diploma/ MSc programme in Lower Limb Preservation in Diabetes is open to all those who practise or wish to progress their knowledge in Diabetes, Limb Preservation and related areas. The course is designed for, but not limited to: specialist podiatrists, nurses, medical, surgical and healthcare professionals. is targeted at those currently working in or with aspirations to gain education and / or employment in the field of diabetes and limb preservation and is rooted in regional, national and international drivers towards integrated Diabetes care. The programme is multidisciplinary and multi-professional, with rich and challenging content and sound educational process. Delivery of the programme is offered entirely online, maximising a learning approach that fully embraces the opportunity for international practitioner engagement.

The educational programme aims to offer the student the opportunity to develop evidence based theoretical concepts of limb preservation transferable to professional practice, informed by a critical knowledge and understanding of integrative care requirements for those patients “at-risk” due to diabetes; who are in danger of primary amputation (patients with diabetes, end-stage renal disease and/ or peripheral sensorimotor neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease), and for those who have already suffered an amputation and are at risk of moving toward a second amputation, or have unacceptable dysfunction.

Attendance

Students are expected to engage with all online classes/ sessions associated with the programme and be punctual and regular in attendance.

A student who has not been in attendance for more than three days through illness or other cause must notify immediately the Course Director. The student shall state the reasons for the absence and whether it is likely to be prolonged. Where the absence is for a period of more than five working days, and is caused by illness which may affect their studies, the student shall provide appropriate medical certification in accordance with the General Regulations for Students.

Students who are absent without good cause for a substantial proportion of online classes/ sessions may be required to discontinue studies, in accordance with the General Regulations for Students.

For distance learning students, communication with e-mentors and course directors should be frequent and will be monitored through the record of student logins to the course website. If a student fails to logon to Blackboard or to contact staff for a maximum period of one week, the module coordinator will note the student’s absence and direct contact will then be made with the student either by e-mail or by telephone. The student should notify the Course Director of any reasons as to their absence and if the reason for absence is medical, should provide appropriate medical certification in accordance with the General Regulations for Students.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Pathology and Management of Diabetic Foot

Year: 1

This module provides an examination of current evidence for the management and prevention of diabetic foot complications in the light of a growing body of literature National and International Guidelines. Students? skills in the assessment of the diabetic foot and lower limb will be developed and the relationships between the triad of diabetic foot disease (ischemia, neuropathy and infection) will be examined in detail and the current evidence relating to management discussed.

Research Evidence in Health Science

Year: 1

This module is optional

This 15 credit point, online module runs twice per academic year and offers health professionals an opportunity to develop their understanding of a range of research methodologies commonly used within healthcare. With this knowledge of methods of enquiry used to answer clinical questions, they will develop skills in critically appraising and synthesising literature in order to inform and advance the quality of care and service delivery. For those students proceeding to the Masters award, the module will complement the 'Preparation for Project' module and provide a foundation for the Masters project.

Diabetic Foot Infection

Year: 1

This module is optional

A working knowledge of infection is essential in management of diabetic foot disease. This module will provide clinicians with the information required to make an informed timely diagnosis of diabetic foot infections and the principles involved in managing them as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Year two

Research Project Preparation

Year: 2

The aim of the module is to develop research design skills to enable students to produce a working research proposal for the Masters project.

Diagnostic Challenges in Diabetic Foot Disease

Year: 2

In order to provide optimal care to the patient with diabetes and concomitant lower limb disease it is essential that professionals working in the field are proficient in a wide range of assessment and monitoring skills. This module will provide participants with the advanced theoretical knowledge necessary to assess on-going pathophysiological disease processes (radiological, neurological, vascular, microbiological and haematological) in the person with diabetes admitted to hospital with concomitant lower limb pathology.

Limb Preservation and Rehabilitation in Diabetes

Year: 2

This module will provide participants with the advanced theoretical knowledge about surgical strategies that are applied in limb preservation. Consideration of infection management, revascularisation, amputation, emotional support, nutritional support, and pain management is emphasised. Maximisation of psychological, physical and functional status, the use of prosthetics, timeline for progression towards independent function, maintenance of residual and contralateral limbs and the components of successful lifelong rehabilitation in limb preservation are also discussed.

Year three

Research Project

Year: 3

The aim of this project module is to engage the student in an independent piece of research activity under the guidance of a supervisor from the School of Health Sciences. It is expected that this research will add to the student?s knowledge and perhaps inform future teaching, clinical practice or further research. The research activity will be allied to that carried out in the Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies (CHaRT) within the Institute for Nursing and Health Research (INHR).

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

a) have gained

i) an Honours or non-Honours degree in a relevant medical, nursing or allied health profession from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or

ii) an equivalent standard in a Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or an approved alternative qualification; and

(iii) where applicable be eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council or other relevant professional governing body; and

iv) have a minimum of one year’s post-qualification experience (excluding course attendance); and

v) be working in an area of practice relevant to the programme that enables clinical interaction with colleagues working in the field of lower limb preservation and ongoing access to clients.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 7.0 with no band score less than 6.5.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment

Group and team work is, on the whole, a key feature of the learning and teaching in this programme, reflecting on finding solutions and working as agents of change for better service and patient experience.

Tutorial work has a central place within the Lower Limb Preservation in Diabetes programme which is organized around four main themes; limb preservation, ongoing evaluation, surgical management (where necessitated) and rehabilitation (post-surgical and continuing). These themes cohere around maintenance of long-term health and well-being in diabetes, the theory-practice nexus and its differential application in Limb Preservation. Extending the discussion of lecture and work related topics at group level acts as a heuristic tool, enabling students to develop and underpin critical thinking and enhancing the student’s ability to produce and present lucid exposition and argument. Discussion forums and on line interactive tools will therefore be utilized to maximum advantage.

Teaching and learning is underpinned by current discipline specific and pedagogic research and scholarship. This is evidenced by involvement of members of the Institute of Nursing and Health Research Institute, Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies (CHaRT) and Centre for Higher Education Practice in planning and delivery of modules e.g. Research Evidence in Health Sciences and Research Project Preparation. Engagement of staff with the Centre for Higher Education Practice and the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice ensures informed implementation of pedagogic research and scholarship. There is on-going engagement with clinical specialists who are experts in their field, special interest groups (e.g. The Vascular Society, British Association of MR Radiographers) and the Department of Health and Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) to ensure that teaching addresses current and developing discipline specific requirements.

All modules in the Postgraduate Certificate/ Postgraduate Diploma/ Masters in Lower Limb Preservation in Diabetes programme are assessed by 100% coursework. As a reflection of the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy (2013/14 – 2017/18) and the focus on Graduate Qualities, the programme team believe that the learning outcomes of postgraduate study are best met through a range of appropriate coursework and not traditional exams, especially given the emphasis on the application of theory to professional contexts. The range of coursework also highlights the applied nature of the work. The School of Health Sciences adheres to the university generic level 7 assessment criteria.

Exemptions and transferability

Studies pursued and examinations passed in respect of other qualifications awarded by the University or by another university or other educational institution, or evidence from the accreditation of prior experiential learning, may be accepted as exempting candidates from part of the programme provided that

(a) they shall register as students of the University for modules amounting to at least the final third of the credit value of the award at the highest level in respect of a Master’s award and at least 50% of the credit value of the award in respect of a Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate award

(b) no exemption shall be permitted from the dissertation.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

The Postgraduate Certificate/ Diploma/ MSc programme in Lower Limb Preservation is designed for, but not limited to: specialist podiatrists, nurses, medical, surgical and healthcare professionals and is targeted at those currently working in or with aspirations to gain further education and / or employment in the field of diabetes and limb preservation.

Work placement / study abroad

There is no formalised placement associated with the programme, however, it is expected that there will be requirement to undertake some practice experience in the workplace. Students are likely to be in full time employment within a health, social or educational setting, for some or all of the period of the programme.

Apply

Applications to our postgraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Northern Ireland & EU:
£5,150.00
International:
£12,890.00

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Faculty contact regarding admissions and application process: Julie Nesbitt

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6029

E: jh.nesbitt@ulster.ac.uk

Module/Course Co-ordinator: Kerry Clarke

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6984

E: kj.clarke@ulster.ac.uk