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Birmingham City University: Advancing Practice in Peripheral Vascular Disease

Institution Birmingham City University
Department School of Health Sciences
Telephone 0121 331 6295
Study type Taught


This newly designed course has been developed to meet the needs of interdisciplinary healthcare practitioners working in partnership with people in relation to peripheral vascular disease (PVD), which encompasses both arterial, venous and lymphatic diseases. This 100% online course aims to address the very significant challenges associated with PVD, providing a global perspective, whilst drawing upon existing expert knowledge and experience of working with international partners. The course team are dedicated and committed staff who are experts in the speciality and this course is a collaboration between Birmingham City University and the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust Vascular Team.

This innovative online course is designed to help students to gain a greater and advanced understanding of the complexities of diagnosing and managing peripheral vascular disease (PVD) and how best to support and enable effective individualised self-management and develop limb salvage. It is suitable for healthcare professionals including hospital-based doctors, specialist nurses and podiatrists, sonographers and specialist roles in other healthcare sectors. The primary aim of the course is to support and enable students to critically explore and analyse existing and developing theories and concepts that underpin PVD and will equip students to embrace a strategic leadership role in the development and delivery of efficient, innovative, evidence based PVD services.

Students will develop a wide range of skills, learn about new and emerging evidence, advance their knowledge and practice and gain critical understanding in the management of peripheral vascular disease. Students will acquire knowledge to develop and improve clinical practice in the care of people at risk of or living with PVD across the age span. Through taking an evidence-based holistic approach to the provision and delivery of individualised PVD care.

This course has been designed in close collaboration with clinical colleagues and blends theoretical approaches with practicalities of service development and person-centred care approaches. The international dimension and application of culturally appropriate surgical interventions in different environments and resources underpins this course. Through different modules, students will explore their employment situation, recognise the potential for excellence in practice-led care, extend and enhance their employability and extend their career progression. Students will also identify ways in which they can improve their practice and services in order to pioneer new interdisciplinary service developments.

There will be a strong focus on relevance to practice, practice development, leadership, transformation and strategic planning. An important focus will be the development of higher levels of understanding with decision-making, critical analysis appraisal of evidence-based practice and clinical guidelines as a strong theme throughout the course.

The programme will enable practitioners working in various aspects of care, with people either at risk of or living with PVD, to develop knowledge and skills in diagnosis and management. Students will develop analytical skills through interactive online learning opportunities so that they are able to critically examine practices within the context of the legislative and professional frameworks of their own countries.


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