This course is suitable for nurses and other professionals allied to medicine who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in renal care in order to positively influence the health outcomes and quality of life for patients with renal care needs.
What will this course cover?
This course will enable you to apply in-depth knowledge and understanding of renal physiology and the pathophysiology of renal dysfunction in order to inform the clinical decision-making process for best patient care delivery.
You will gain an understanding of renal replacement therapies that used in the treatment of patients with renal failure and be able to provide evidenced-based rationale for the choice of therapy and individualised treatment regimen.
You will also be able to apply your knowledge and skills to meet the psychosocial needs of patients and carers, in relation to early detection, prevention and management of chronic kidney disease by demonstrating a broader understanding of health promotion and health care provision in order to achieve clinical effectiveness.
The knowledge and skills that you gain will enable you to use an independent perspective when critically examining professional, ethical and legal issues relating to renal care and their impact on patient care delivery.
The course will also provide you with the skills to critically analyse and reflect on the autonomous role of the renal care practitioner in the delivery of evidence-based care and through inter-professional collaboration make recommendations for optimum and improved future practice.
On completion of the course, you will be a competent and skilled practitioner in all aspects of renal care. You will have developed the skills of analysis, critical thinking, problem solving and reflective practice that are necessary to provide evidence-based holistic care for patients and their families.
You will be a flexible, assertive and reflective independent practitioner working in partnership with patients, families and carers. In addition you will have the opportunity to enhance your skills in order to critically analyse the decision making process and utilise higher levels of clinical judgement to question and rationalise actions and new ideas, which will promote further development of practice.
You will be taught using a variety of methods including keynote lectures, group and individual tutorials and debates. Throughout the course you will be given the opportunity to apply your own experiences of renal care practice.
Assessments will cover theory and practice, and include written assignments and assessment in practice through the completion of a clinical competency document.
What are the course entry requirements?
You will require the following:
- first degree; or at least 60 credits
- an appropriate professional qualification e.g. registered nurse, dietician, pharmacist
- currently working in an appropriate area of practice that facilitates your practice development in renal care (you would typically need to be in clinical contact with patients for at least two days per week).
Year 1 Modules
- The Renal Care Practitioner
- Theoretical Concepts in Renal Care
How much does it cost
Part Time Home and EU 2019/20: We are currently reviewing our fees for this course.
Part Time International 2019/20: We are currently reviewing our fees for this course.
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks