You critically explore the current evidence that supports the principles and practice of effective communication, counselling and information provision.
During the taught part of the course you share experiences and learning with peers from various professions and clinical settings. These sessions are problem solving and role play exercises supported by lecturers and clinicians, who are specialists in advanced communication skills. The structure of the study days follows the advanced communication skills endorsed by the Department of Health.
We deliver the distance learning content using Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. You study via the Internet in your own time but you must be able to attend the University for the taught parts of the course. We provide full instructions and support before and during the module.
Tutor-supported online discussions, often on challenging issues, guide your learning and allow you to share views with other students.
For the advanced communication and information in supportive care module, you take a critical look at your own communication skills. This includes developing an action plan for practice. You also write an in-depth review on one area advanced communication skills, counselling approaches or information provision.
For the advanced communication skills in practice module, you submit a portfolio of learning showing how you critically evaluated your applied advanced communication skills and knowledge during a simulated client interview. You must also evaluate your own development in clinical practice. As part of the assessment you design an insightful and reasoned plan showing how you will develop your future practice.
We supply you with a wide range of online resources and material including - PowerPoint presentations - links to websites - case scenarios (practice and patient/user- based).