Long Term Conditions PgCert 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

This course is aimed at health and social care professionals who are working within a role involving caring for people with long-term conditions.

The course offers you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of short and long-term clinical management of the individual with a long-term condition.

Throughout the course you will consider the implications for patients and carers facing the reality of living well or dying as a result of a long-term condition.

It will also assist you in developing your history taking, diagnostic reasoning, clinical assessment and examination skills, in order to inform the principles of case management and therapeutic interventions.

Your learning will be enhanced through the opportunity to meet service users within the University setting and discuss the implications of living with a long-term condition. You will also have the opportunity to explore research relevant to your individual professional developmental needs and apply this in your specialist area of practice.

Start date:
11 / 09 / 2017


1 year part-time

Entry requirements

•  You must be a health or social care practitioner, registered with a professional body such as the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) with at least 12 months post-registration employment.

•  Have an honours degree at 2:2 or above, have studied at honours level or can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. We will consider other qualifications and experience on an individual case basis.


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Course content

Core modules

Long Term Conditions

Through this module you will have the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the policy drivers, principles and strategies required to effectively manage people with long-term conditions. You will explore the principles of case management, expert patient programmes, therapeutic interventions, medicines management, palliative care and service user perspectives in relation to long-term conditions. You will be assessed through a piece of coursework, in the form of a case study focusing on a client with a long-term condition and the strategies used during their care.

Practice Development

Through this module you will have the chance to formulate, negotiate and undertake an assignment, which will provide the opportunity for you to enhance your practice knowledge and abilities within your workplace. This will also provide evidence of learning for academic review, as well as reflect on the process of practice development. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework.

Barbara Schofield is a Nurse Consultant for older people at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

“In my role I am keen to support nurses at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust to optimise their knowledge and skills in caring for older people in hospital. There is an increased number of older people on our hospital wards than ever before who have highly complex illnesses which in turn requires specialised and intelligent nursing care. This presents a significant challenge for our nurses, many of whom have received no training in this area of nursing.

This postgraduate long-term conditions course provides an ideal opportunity for nurses to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to improve outcomes and experience for our vulnerable patients.”

Teaching and Assessment

The modules are delivered through a range of teaching methods including formal lectures, seminars, small group tutorials, e-learning and case-based tutorials.

Assessment involves a variety of formative and summative methods including action planning, quizzes, written case studies and presentations. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

The University of Huddersfield operates an attendance monitoring system. Further details can be found in the Attendance Monitoring Policy.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


Through the personal and practice development module HMH2017 you will be encouraged to develop your own learning needs, this may involve learning through visiting other areas or placement. This will be negotiated with the module team.

Career opportunities

This short course may assist you to meet the specialist skills and post registration development requirements stipulated by your employer/professional regulator.

How much will it cost me?

Please contact the Student Finance Office for more information about 2017/18 fees and finance.

You may be eligible for funding from Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber. Detailed guidance on such funding arrangements is available in their funding guide. For further information please contact the SSPRD Admissions Team.

Further study

Upon completion you may wish to APL the 60 credits from the Postgraduate Certificate and undertake further modules in order to complete the Health Studies MSc (180 credits).

How to apply

We hope you're interested in what you've seen. If you would like to apply to join us, please complete the part-time online application form and refer to the guidance notes provided.

Please note, the closing date is 31 July 2017.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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