The need for appropriate, accessible and comprehensive services, staffed by knowledgeable, competent practitioners is imperative to maintain and promote reproductive sexual health and utilisation of family planning services. Family planning services are accessed through a range of outlets - within General Practice environments, community clinics, hospital/termination services, sexual health / genito-urinary medicine clinics, pharmacies and a variety of service provision aimed at young people. This module is aimed at nurses, midwives and health visitors who work in these environments and wish to contribute to the public health agenda and meeting the targets outlined in Choosing Health (DH, 2004).
Content and Modules
Level 6 (Undergraduate)
Pre-requisites: Applicable only to those who have completed the Foundations in Family Planning module within the last 2 years and hold current registration with the NMC.
Access to relevant clinical experience with patients/clients.
Excluded Combinations: This module cannot be studied again at a different academic level.
This module needs to be studied in conjunction with the module Contraception and Reproductive Sexual Health Care (or within 2 years). This will ensure that practitioners encompass theoretical aspects of family planning, sexual health and abortion and will enable participants to provide general and opportunistic education and advice on these subjects and determine referral mechanisms to the appropriate agencies. The programme Developing Skills in Contraception and Reproductive Sexual Health Care will allow practitioners opportunities to acquire competence and confidence in the skills required to deliver effective care for people accessing Family Planning and Reproductive Sexual Health services.
In recognition of the practice experience requirement of this module the length of the module is extended.
This module aims to:
Provide the opportunity to become a competent practitioner in the provision of generic family planning services including facilitating choice in reproductive control, advising and teaching in all methods of fertility control, reproductive sexual health promotion and screening.
Audit and critique personal practice in the light of current research and best practice/national guidelines.
By the end of the module the practitioner will have
Demonstrated and critically examined the effective teaching of contraceptive methods and sexual health promotion.
Demonstrated, discriminated and reflected upon specific clinical skills required in family planning and reproductive sexual health screening.
Critically analysed personal practice, using current research and audit tools to determine how best practice informs effective provision of family planning and reproductive sexual health.
Demonstrated and critically analysed effective communication skills and analysis of issues encountered during clinical placements reflecting the needs of a diverse population served by a range of professionals.
Assignment (100% weighting)
Compilation of a portfolio of evidence related to the learning outcomes of the module. This should include as a minimum a critical reflection and evaluation of two case studies encountered in practice. Other forms of evidence may include reviews of literature/ best practice documentation, practice guidelines and protocols; flow charts devised to aid decision making /client teaching. Word limit: 4000 words.
Practice Portfolio (pass/fail)
Completion of a Practice Portfolio to demonstrate achievement of competency in Contraception and Reproductive Sexual Health Care.
The portfolio will include documentation of meetings with mentor[s], achievement of learning outcomes and competence in skills, and reflections on visits to other related practice areas.
Levels of competency used in this assessment of practice will be:
Broad knowledge and well-developed skill in this subject.
Knowledge and skill sufficient for safe unsupervised practice.
Limited knowledge and skill about the subject.
For achievement of competency in practice students must have reached at least level B in all competencies.
The module mark will be based upon the theoretical component.
Both parts must be passed for academic credits to be awarded.
Location of study: UCS Ipswich
Dates of attendance:
For further details please contact the module leader:
T: 01473 338641
If you are already registered on a diploma or degree programme it is advisable to inform your course leader that you will be undertaking this module. This will enable your course leader to undertake the vital task of tracking your academic journey.