Injection therapy for health professionals (corticosteroid) (masters level)

Key features

This 20 credit masters-level module will provide you with appropriate advanced assessment, intervention and review of care, involving the administration of medicines via injections. You will be supported by our staff to explore the evidence base and clinical guidelines for your individual work area.

The module is delivered in practice as a partnership between Plymouth University and Torbay and Southern Devon Care Trust, which is delivered in practice by clinical specialist physiotherapists currently working in the relevant clinical areas.

The module is delivered in intensive blocks, with blended learning to facilitate distance study between face-to-face teaching, and also incorporate practical skills sessions. There is a high focus on clinical skill development including time in a specialist injection clinic with service users.

Applicants will have an identified mentor and the support of their workplace to carry out injections of prescription only medicines both during and following completion of the module.

Module code

ADV709

Credits

20

FHEQ level

Level 7 – masters degree

Location

Horizon Centre, Torbay


Course details

At the end of the module you will be able to:

  • provide evidence of in depth systematic and relevant knowledge, skills, and attitudes towards safe, appropriate, effective and cost effective and legal administration of medicines via injection.
  • undertake advanced assessment, consultation, and history taking with the multi-disciplinary team, patients, service users and carers to identify and rationalise appropriate interventions which may include administration of medicines via injection and being able to justify these actions in complex situations.
  • apply the principles of evidence based prescribing practice to identify, analyse, implement and review appropriate complex treatment pathways and interpret current national and local guidelines as applied to the administration of medications via injections.
  • demonstrate critical reflection and understanding in relation of the relevant legislation, psychological patterns, governance issues, and ethics and evaluate their application to injection therapy.
  • identify different pharmacological and ‘life course’ non- pharmacological approaches, critically reflecting on patient choice and issues related to concordance and formulate their application operationally and strategically to modifying disease and promoting health.

This module can be taken as a standalone professional development module; as an optional module for the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme and some relevant pathways or as an optional module for the MClinRes Clinical Research programme. Please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

Teaching team

Module lead - Vasileios Lepesis, Lecturer in Podiatry, Plymouth University

Lecturer - Dr Carl Edwards, Specialist Upper Limb Physiotherapist, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Lecturer - Alan Potts, Orthopaedic ESP, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.

Entry requirements

This module is primarily aimed at Physiotherapists and Podiatrists. Applicants require an appropriate level of experience which would normally be 5 years musculoskeletal clinical practice.

To be eligible for the module you need to:

  • have a first degree, BSc (Hons) at 2:2 or above or European first cycle equivalent.
  • be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
  • identify a suitably qualified supervisor within practice.
  • demonstrate a suitable level of expertise; this will usually be through interview.
  • if English is not your first language you must have evidence of a minimum overall IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. For further information about English language requirement please view our English language requirements page.

Module dates

The taught dates for this module are 7, 8, 25, 26 and 27 June 2018.

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers – for further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2017/18 academic years

£850

Funding

Funding may be available for this module, please contact the module team. 

Module lead

The module lead is Vasileios Lepesis.

Email: vasileios.lepesis@plymouth.ac.uk