Continuing Professional Development

Fundamentals of Renal Care - Level 6


The details
Fundamentals of Renal Care
30 credits
Level 6
05 October 2020

Please note this module may have multiple start dates and may run in more than one location.  Visit our CPD page to  view our module calendar which indicates all start dates, course locations, application deadlines and more information about how the modules are assessed.

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 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 theory only CPD module and you are not required to work within a specialised renal setting to participate. Participation is open to any registered healthcare professional who care for people with renal disease. All learning is online and students can participate in the module from any geographical location.


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.

Our expert staff

The module is led by Christine Fennell, who has over 20 years’ experience as a renal Specialist Nurse and Lecturer Practitioner.

Entry Requirements

You must : ● hold current registration with a healthcare professional body in your country of practice ● Be computer literate and have access to a computer or mobile device with access to the internet ● Motivated to undertake self-directed study


Module Outline

The module will be taught entirely online with access to the module tutor via Moodle, the university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Throughout the module, a reflective approach will be adopted, and you will have the opportunity to appraise your own practice. With the use of weekly online discussion forums, you will have the opportunity to discuss issues relevant to the patient with renal care needs. These forums will also facilitate sharing and collaborative learning between learners with a range of experiences and viewpoints. The module is underpinned by current guidelines supporting the care of the patient with renal care needs. Topics will include: ● Anatomy and physiology of the renal system ● Acute Kidney Injury ● Established Renal Failure ● Chronic Kidney Disease ● Dialysis and Transplantation ● Prevention of renal disease ● Complications and supportive renal care ● Psychosocial renal care and quality of life issues ● Ethical issues in renal care ● Self- management in renal impairment ● Guidelines & Standards supporting renal care

Assessment strategy

A 3000 words essay- using a reflective approach, you will be required to self-select a case study based on a patient/client that you have cared for from your area of practice and critique the management of the patient/client in line with current research. Through this assignment, you must demonstrate how you have met all the learning outcomes.

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