Fundamentals of Renal Care – Level 7


Fundamentals of Renal Care
30 credits
Level 7
05 October 2020

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a potentially life-threatening condition, associated with premature mortality, decreased quality of life, and increased healthcare expenditures globally. The natural progression of CKD is towards Established Renal Failure, which warrants renal replacement therapy such as dialysis or transplantation to preserve life. Prevention and early detection is the key to management and to reduce the incidence of the disease.

The module is designed to enable healthcare professionals working across a range of practice settings, including Primary and Secondary care, to further develop their knowledge and skills in renal care. It will provide a greater understanding of the management of the patient with renal care needs and thus enable the delivery of holistic renal care. 

This is a standalone CPD module but can be taken as an optional module for the BSc Healthcare Practice and MSc Healthcare Practice.  Participation is open to any registered healthcare professional who cares for people with renal disease and you are not required to work within a specialised renal setting. Considering the global implications of kidney disease, the course is intentionally delivered online to target an international audience. This will encourage peer learning across diverse countries and healthcare settings. The flexibility associated with online learning means that students can study at their own pace in the comfort of their own home.

Learning outcomes

  • demonstrate knowledge of normal renal physiology and the pathophysiological dysfunction associated with renal disease.
  • demonstrate an understanding of healthcare interventions that are appropriate for the client at various stages of chronic kidney disease across primary and secondary care settings with an emphasis on prevention, early detection and management of the condition. 
  • demonstrate an awareness of the psychosocial impact of renal disease and its treatment and the importance of providing holistic care.
  • justify the importance of self- management for the renal patient considering theories and concepts of behavioural change.
  • demonstrate knowledge of ethico-legal principles that underpins renal care and the importance of providing person centred care. 
  • reflect on of the role of the healthcare professional within the inter-professional team in providing care in line with current research, national and international guidelines and standards.

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