Faculty of Health Sciences

Fundamentals of Tissue Viability and Wound Care

Continuing Professional Development Individual module

Level of study

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What you'll study

Wounds are caused by damage that leads to a break in the skin. Causes can include skin breakdown leading to chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers, leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers. Wounds can also be acute, resulting from trauma or surgery. This module is designed for health and social care practitioners to give you an understanding of the process of healing and how it can be facilitated.

Tissue viability is about the maintenance of patients' skin integrity. Pressure ulcers are a particularly important category of wound that causes long term pain and distress for patients. Pressure ulcers occur when skin and the underlying tissues are damaged as a result of being under pressure leading to impaired blood supply and most often occur in people who are seriously ill, have restricted mobility and/or impaired nutrition.

In the NHS, approximately 180,000 new pressure ulcers develop each year with a cost of between £1.4 and £2.1 billion per year, making pressure ulcer prevention an important challenge. The majority of pressure ulcers are preventable and could be avoided through simple actions by staff, patients and carers (NHS IQ 2016).

Starts in: Duration:
January 12 weeks (1 semester)

This module is delivered on Wednesday mornings on campus.

Benefit from the amazing facilities of our new £28-million Health Campus with its mock operating theatre, hospital ward and intensive care unit.

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Developed with our NHS partners, our programmes are constantly updated to reflect the very latest in health care thinking.

Clinical placements give our students the skills, experience and support to become confident and compassionate health practitioners.

Expert staff work with NHS clinicians to deliver programmes from ‘bite-size’ taster sessions to PhDs in some of the UK’s finest facilities.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this module.

Fees and funding

Home/EU: £1,540 (per 20 credit module)

International: Please contact 

Funding may be available through your employer.