ADVANCED COMMUNICATION SKILLS - 2017/8
Module code: NURM105
School of Health Sciences
ARBER AM Dr (Health Sci.)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 7
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 130
Lecture Hours: 16
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Prerequisites / Co-requisites
This module is based on the best evidence to support the development of Advanced Communication Skills using experiential learning methods. The module will enable students to develop their facilitative skills in order for the patient and professional agenda to be addressed in a patient centred manner.
Implement effective communication strategies to enhance the physical and emotional well-being of patients and their carers.
|001||Evaluate the evidence base of effective communication as well as barriers to communication in different health care contexts.||KC|
|002||Demonstrate skill in facilitating and assessing patients' expression of their physical problems, psychosocial concerns and worries.||PT|
|003||Reflect upon and critically appraise one's own and others’ communication skills.||CPT|
|004||Appreciate the need for professional support and clinical supervision.||CP|
|005||Critically evaluate the ability to work with issues of equality and diversity in communication.||CP|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
What are Advanced Communication Skills?
Breaking bad news
Handling difficult questions
Handling difficult emotions e.g. denial, anger, anxiety
Assessing and tailoring information to individual needs
Communication within the multidisciplinary team
Support and clinical supervision
Culture and communication
Barriers to communication
Equality and diversity
Delivery of the module:
Teaching and learning will be achieved through experiential teaching and learning methods, and small group discussion.
British Medical Journal
International Journal of Nursing Studies
International Journal of Palliative Nursing
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Patient Education and Counselling
Social Science and Medicine
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Give students a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of patient centred communication providing opportunities to practice communication in a safe environment and to receive constructive feedback on skill development in a constructive environment.
The learning and teaching methods include:
Lecture discussion, small group work and feedback, working on a communication issue that the student finds challenging. A variety of approaches that encourage a student led approach are used including:
Experiential learning methods
Small group work
Lecture and discussion
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the development of facilitative communication skills that is evidence based. Students will also critically reflect on their ability to develop advanced skills in person centred communication.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
A critical appraisal of the student’s communication skills, based on an audio-recording of an interaction/consultation, which will be transcribed by the student, involving a patient, carer or team member.
3000 words (100% of the module mark)
The student will take part in a video recorded interaction with self reflection on skills used.
Feedback on communication skill development will be given through experiential exercises throughout the module and through the use of a workbook prior to the module starting.
Please note that any evidence of unsafe practice or breach of confidentiality will result in an automatic refer for the module.
Reading list for ADVANCED COMMUNICATION SKILLS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/nurm105
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.