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Caring for Individuals with Long Term Conditions - HEA00079M

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mrs. Linda Currie
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

The care and treatment of people living with a long term condition - a condition or disease that cannot currently be cured but can be managed through medication, therapy and/or lifestyle modification - is a major worldwide public health concern. In the UK, over 15 million people currently have a long term condition and this number is set to increase over the next decade, with significant rises in multi-morbidity.

The aim of this module is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of person-centred approaches to the nursing care of individuals with long term conditions. The module is underpinned by the key principles of self-management support, shared decision making, co-production, and partnership working. The module places emphasis on the need for nurses to work across traditional primary/secondary/social care boundaries and collaborate with patients/carers and other professionals within the NHS, social and private/voluntary sector to continuously improve the information, support, care and treatment of people living with long term conditions.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate key areas of local and national political, health and social care agendas and initiatives relating to long term conditions and their impact on service delivery.
  2. Reflect on the lived experience of the person with a long term condition and their journey through the age continuum.
  3. Examine the pathophysiology of a range of long term conditions and the implications for nursing care.
  4. Identify the physical, psychological and social impact on individuals and families living with a long term condition(s) and its treatment.
  5. Critically appraise the role of the adult nurse in the maintenance of physical and psychosocial well-being and the recognition of deterioration in clients with long term conditions.
  6. Conceptualise the skills, values and behaviours required to provide co-productive and traditional models of care, as appropriate.
  7. Compare and justify the use of different approaches to providing self-management support for people with long-term conditions.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 4000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 4000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback for summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

  • Department of Health (2012). Long term conditions compendium of information. 3rd edn. London: Department of Health.
  • Department of Health (2013). The mandate. A mandate from the government to the NHS Commissioning Board: April 2013-March 2015. Department of Health Crown Copyright November 2013.
  • Furze, G., Donnison, J. and Lewin, R. (2008). The clinician's guide to chronic disease management for long-term conditions, A cognitive-behavioural approach. UK: MK Publishing.
  • Galdas, P., et al. (2014). The accessibility and acceptability of self-management support interventions for men with long term conditions: a systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative studies. BMC Public Health, 14, 1230.
  • Margereson, M. and Trenoweth, S. (2010). Developing holistic care for long-term conditions. UK: Routledge.
  • McVeigh, H. Ed. (2009). Fundamental aspects of long-term conditions. UK: Quay Books.
  • Meerabeau, L. and Wright, K. (2011). Long term conditions: nursing care and management. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Newman, S., Steed, L. and Mulligan, K. (2010). Chronic physical illness: self-management & behavioural interventions. McGraw Hill: Open University Press
  • Nicol, J. (2011). Nursing adults with long term conditions. Exeter: Learning Matters.
  • Randall, S. and Ford, H. (2011). Long term conditions: a guide for nurses and healthcare professionals. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

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