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Neurological Conditions

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Professional Diploma in

Multiple Sclerosis Care

Introduction

NeuroEducation along with its partners Leeds Metropolitan University and the Multiple Sclerosis Society has worked to completely revise its Professional Diploma course in Multiple Sclerosis Care.   All the course materials have been rewritten by subject specialists from the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the University to produce an innovative modular distance learning programme for health and social care professionals.

The effects of Multiple Sclerosis on the individual and their immediate families can be devastating. The original diagnosis can be made by a specialist but the delivery of care and rehabilitation will involve a wide range of people including the immediate family as well as professionals from various social and health care agencies.

This course is designed to develop the knowledge-base, skills and understanding of those health and social care professionals who will be delivering rehabilitation and care both to people with multiple sclerosis and their families. The quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis can be greatly influenced by the effectiveness of the professional support and help that is available. A greater understanding of the nature of this condition and most essentially awareness of the importance and nature of the care and rehabilitation of people with multiple sclerosis should help to improve the quality of life of people with multiple sclerosis as well as their families.

Course Aims and Structure

a) The course
You will be provided with a distance learning programme that allows you to work at your own pace and leads to a recognised university qualification. The aim of the course is to enable you to gain knowledge, skills and an understanding of peoples’ experiences of living with multiple sclerosis (MS). The outcome of study will be enhanced clinical and social work practice including being able to interact appropriately with both those people with multiple sclerosis and their families. The key aim is for you to be able to apply the knowledge gained from the course into your own professional area through the application of reflective practice.

b)  Course structure
Three modules are delivered by distance learning, in part-time mode and operate over a 15-week semester.  One introductory workshop supports all three modules. Please apply to the University for details of module start dates.

Modular Format

a)  Diagnosis and assessment of multiple sclerosis
This module addresses:  Processes of diagnosis and assessment; delivery of multi-disciplinary care; role of the multidisciplinary team (MDT) members in providing diagnosis and assessment; clinical guidelines and outcome measures; theory and research underpinning practice.

b)  Management of multiple sclerosis
This module addresses:  Theory and research underpinning current practice in the management of people affected by multiple sclerosis; evidence for the effectiveness of the management of symptoms; guidelines and implications for practice; role of the multidisciplinary team (MDT) within the process of the management of the person with multiple sclerosis.

c)  Psychosocial issues in multiple sclerosis
This module addresses: Theory and research of psychological changes and the evidence for effective management; psychological and social impact of symptoms in people affected by multiple sclerosis; role of the MDT within the process of the management of psychological symptoms; ethical, advocacy and disability issues.

The award of Professional Diploma in Multiple Sclerosis Care is based on successful completion of all three modules. Each module carries 15 credits at undergraduate level 6. 

Award and Admission

a)  The award
The award of Professional Diploma in Multiple Sclerosis Care is based on successful completion of all three modules. Each module carries 15 credits at undergraduate level 6. Assessment for the modules incorporates a choice of topic within a framework that requires demonstration and communication of knowledge and reflection on implications for practice. Students who wish to gain the award of Professional Diploma are required to register for all three modules in the first instance.

b)  Admission requirements
The course is suitable for health or social care professionals who are in full or part time employment relevant to practice in multiple sclerosis care. All participants will normally have completed an appropriate course equivalent to the first year of a university degree course, e.g. Cert/Dip HE, HNC/D or completed a course at a lower level but have sufficient health or social work experience.

Acceptance to study for the award is at the discretion of the University.