The Lower Limb at Risk (PODM011) module will equip learners with specialist knowledge of disease states which compromise the lower limb. This will include consideration of the pathophysiology, pharmacological management, assessment and management strategies of a range of conditions including diabetes mellitus. The role of the wider multiprofessional team in relation to pathways of care will be considered.
The course can be taken as a standalone postgraduate module, or can be taken as part of the MSc Advancing Practice award. The module is worth 20 credits at Level 7. The Lower Limb at Risk (PODM011) module is delivered as a block of five full days face-to-face teaching, including a mixture of external keynote speakers and internal subject experts. Teaching methods will comprise a blend of face-to-face teaching sessions, practical workshops, group work and directed online learning. Students will also have access to the University’s virtual learning environment (NILE) for all course materials and the University’s Waterside Campus for its extensive library and learning support facilities.
- The theory and practice of advanced neurological and vascular assessment.
- Pathophysiology of a range of conditions including endocrine disease, immunosuppression, neurological disorders, cardiovascular disease, rheumatic disorders and neoplasia.
- Pharmacology related to specific conditions which compromise lower limb viability.
- Consideration of the role of antibiotics in managing infection and the pharmacological properties of wound care products.
- The development and facilitation of care pathways involving the wider multidisciplinary team.
- Consideration of the importance of education in diabetic foot management and how this may be delivered.
- Advanced management principles including wound management, casting techniques, and offloading devices.
- Diagnostic techniques and interpretation relating to cutaneous, soft tissue and bone pathology in high risk cases.
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