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Module

DTC3003 : Consultation Skills for Dietetics (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Susan Lennie
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
Semester 3 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module uses a range of clinical conditions and diseases as the foundation and basis for dietetic students to develop their core dietetic practice skills and develop skills in dietetic education and case management in the academic setting in preparation for placement. There is an emphasis and focus on person centred care and using simulation and case based learning. Students will then progress to practice placement B to apply their skills under appropriate supervision and guidance with service users. The module also aims to enable the student to evaluate their personal and professional development and the practice learning experience and to begin to plan future learning needs.

Outline Of Syllabus

This practice-learning based module will include simulated and experiential learning. The module will include:
Transferring knowledge from academic modules and the available evidence base to support practice.

Nutrition and Dietetic Care model and process.
• Assessment, treatment and management of service users.
• Clinical reasoning, problem solving, enablement and goal setting.

Portfolio development.

Communication with service users, educators, tutors, interdisciplinary team members, support staff and other relevant parties, including use of relevant professional documentation.

Person-centred care

Professionalism
• Fitness to Practice
• Team working, time management, administrative duties, organisation.
• Application of safe practice including mandatory training and protocols.
• Professional practice, standards, policies and procedures

Reflection, personal and professional development on:
• Teamwork and communication skills.
• Clinical client care skills.
• Community and population health skills.
• Food and foodservice systems skills.
• Leadership, management and organisational skills.
• Ethical dilemmas.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Pre-placement ‘Observation of practice’ portfolio development
Guided Independent StudySkills practice162:0032:00Simulated learning opportunities reflecting both clinic and ward based dietetic practice.
Placement/Study AbroadClinical Training1450:00450:0012 week, full time placement within an approved health and social care setting.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00Communication skills theory
Total495:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module will form part of the evidence of satisfactory completion of 1,000 hours of practice education required by the British Dietetic Association.

Students will be expected to attend workshops and simulated practice experiences in the academic setting in advance of the placement component.

Each student will be allocated to a health and social care setting of a placement partner of Newcastle University for a minimum of 12 weeks (full time hours). Students on placement and practice educators will normally receive one liaison contact from a member of academic staff to integrate academic based studies with practice-based experience, monitor students' progress and contribute to formative feedback/feed forward advice. Additional contacts may be arranged as necessary. Placement-based staff will conduct the final placement assessment and signing off of learning outcomes and competencies.

Total hours exceed those recommended for a 20 credit module due to the hours on placement. The placement hours contribute to the mandatory hours specified in the BDA Curriculum Framework for the Education and Training of Dietitians.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log3M100Critical reflection on placement learning, and development of future learning plan (max. 2000)
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
PortfolioMCompetence-based portfolio
Prof skill assessmntMObservation of service user consultation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Professional Skills Assessment will observe students undertaking a service user consultation based on seen case histories. Students will have preparation time to undertake a comprehensive dietetic assessment and develop a plan. Their consultation will be videoed and assessment will be focused on their communication and appropriateness of dietary advice. Students must pass this assessment in advance of progression to Practice Placement B via an observation of professional practice. This assessment will ensure that students have developed basic consultation skills to develop further with service users in the health and social care setting.

The placement is assessed as a competence via portfolio of evidence by the Practice Educator in the dietetic practice setting. The assessment consists of supervised assessed practice and pieces of written work as determined by the placements group. The student and their Practice Educator carry out an ongoing review of progress and a portfolio is compiled throughout the placement. The placement portfolio assesses placement competencies comprising 100% of the assessed placement portfolio.

Students who are unable to achieve the placement competencies by the end of the placement may be given the opportunity to undertake additional practice hours in order to meet the placement competencies. Such decisions will be made by the Degree Programme Director and Practice Educator. In making this decision the BDA Curriculum Framework for the Pre-registration, Education and Training of Dietitians must be adhered to in relation to undertaking additional practice hours.

The reflective essay will enable students to consider their development of transferable skills required for the practice of dietetics and make a future learning and development plan for implementation in Practice Placement C.

MDiet candidates must obtain an overall mark of 40 or above, achieve at least 35 in the weighted assessments and achieve a pass in the zero weighted pass/fail assessment in order to pass the module.

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