Core Module Information
Module title: Adults with Incapacity: Enhancing Professional Practice (CPD)

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: NMS11774
Module leader: Paul Hutton
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Nursing


Description of module content:

The key themes for this module are:
• Capacity: Defining capacity, Factors influencing capacity, Variability in capacity.
• Legislative Context: Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act, Part 5 amendment, Interface with other legislation.
• Assessment Skills: Listening to the person/ carer, Acting on information, Assessment tools, Assessment skills.
• Value Base: Attitudes and Values, Respect of person, Empathy, Person Centred Approaches to Care.
• Communication Skills: Core communication skills, Self awareness, Alternative communication modes, Building relationships.
• Identifying the professional role: Dimensions of role, Parameters of role Responsibilities, Roles of other professionals.
• Patient/Public Safety and support and protection of adults at risk

On this module you will develop your critical analysis and reflection skills in relation to the professional and practice issues in the context of capacity to consent to treatment and interventions. This module will help you develop as a critical thinking practitioner in relation to the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000. You will develop your knowledge, skills and effectiveness in relation to adults who may lack capacity to consent to treatment and interventions and the safe application within health and social care practice. Issues relating to the assessment and identification of capacity will be explored and set within the wider context of demonstrating positive attitudes and values in relation to assessing the needs of people with cognitive impairment and complex health care needs. The module will provide you with the opportunity to explore issues relating to attitudes and values, risk-taking, decision making and protecting adults who may be risk of harm, set within the context of professional practice. Upon successful completion of the portfolio of evidence (Assessment option B) practitioners will be able to issue Section 47 certificates with in their area of professional practice and accordance with local clinical governance frameworks. This certificate means that the practitioner is of the opinion that an adult is incapable of consenting to the proposed treatment and care.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically appraise the relationship between the legislative framework and the ethical dimensions in relation to capacity & incapacity.
LO2: Critically reflect on personal and professional values and attitudes in shaping communication and interpersonal interactions with people, families and other professionals.
LO3: Critique a variety of assessment strategies including: -
- The appraisal of the range of factors which influence capacity
- The appraisal of the range of validated assessment tools.
LO4: Exercise appropriate sound clinical and justifiable judgements in making assessments of incapacity.

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